The director of The Last of Us Part 2 has spoken about the development of the sequel and how Uncharted 4 affected the production of a presentation trailer that ended up affecting him more than he expected.
Uncharted 4 is one of Naughty Dog’s great works, a “final” chapter in one of the most amazing adventure sagas on PlayStation. After saying goodbye to Nathan Drake, the development studio did not sit idly and began with The Last of Us Part 2.
The game that marked the technical peak of the PS4 continues to generate a lot of opinions to this day, especially after the release of The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered on PS5. Therefore, Naughty Dog has offered new details about its development… which are related to Uncharted 4.
The early stages of The Last of Us Part 2 development
The truth is that the Drake brothers’ adventure affected Ellie’s sequel. In the Grounded II documentary, Neil Druckmann talks about when the full development of TLOU Part 2 started and how Uncharted 4 meant that not everyone was fully focused.
Uncharted 4 needed “all hands on deck,” Druckmann points out, again emphasizing the studio’s philosophy of focusing on a single project. However, the game director insisted that by 2016 there had to be progress on the new The Last of Us.
Throughout the entire production of Uncharted 4, that’s all I could think about, Druckmann commented. We remember that the trailer was received with great applause and we still vividly remember Ellie’s angry look as she said the words, “I’m gonna find and I’m gonna kill every last one of them.”
“I invested a lot in Uncharted 4, but the day we finished with Uncharted 4, I immediately went back to the trailer to finish it,” recalled Druckmann, stating that after completing the motion capture in the trailer, he even had nightmares about it being leaked early.
The documentary has allowed us to learn many anecdotes, such as the fact that the director of The Last of Us Part 2 was “uncomfortable” writing the romantic parts, which are the work of the co-writer…
It has also been revealed the discarded ending of The Last of Us Part 2, which was going to be much bloodier and perhaps more controversial.
It has even been revealed that The Last of Us Part 2 was initially “an open world inspired by Bloodborne”. Do you remember the trailer with which the PS4 game was presented in that already very distant 2016?