Update 4/18: Following yesterday’s update that the final scene for The Last of Us Part II has been shot using performance capture, the last scene with Joel and Ellie is now finished as well, and “the most ambitious cinematic shoot” ever for Naughty Dog has wrapped.
Posted by writer and director Neil Druckmann on Twitter, the announcement comes with a picture of Joel actor Troy Baker and Ellie actress Ashley Johnson in their motion capture suits with a champagne flute in hand. Druckmann included the caption “And that’s a wrap on Ellie, Joel, and the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done. Tears were shed…”
The last major look we had of The Last of Us Part II was at Sony’s E3 2018 conference, which featured new gameplay and story details. We know Ellie will have an NPC companion, and one of the latest pieces of media surrounding the game we’ve seen is a poster of Joel and Ellie from September 2018.
The Last of Us Part II is one of several PlayStation 4 exclusives that doesn’t have an official release date, and could potentially be released in 2020, or even make it to the recently teased next-generation PlayStation. This includes Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima and Kojima Production’s Death Stranding. Additionally, reports from January indicate that Sony is shifting first-party development focus onto PlayStation 5.
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