The Last of Us: Part II is one of Sony's biggest PS4 exclusives on the horizon. The original game is a modern classic from Naughty Dog, and the sequel is looking just as good. Sony's finally lifted the lid on some of the finer details. Below, we'll run through some common questions about The Last of Us 2, and we'll be updating this FAQ as new info becomes available.
When is The Last of Us 2's release date?
The Last of Us: Part II will launch worldwide on PS4 on Friday 21st February, 2020.
Are there any pre-order bonuses for The Last of Us: Part II?
Yes. If you pre-order The Last of Us 2, you'll receive two in-game items: an ammo capacity upgrade, and a crafting training manual. Pre-ordering digitally via the PlayStation Store will get you an exclusive PSN avatar.
Is there a The Last of Us: Part 2 special or collector's edition?
Yes -- in fact, there are several editions being made available for The Last of Us 2.
Special Edition: The Special Edition includes a steelbook case, an art book, a PS4 dynamic theme, and set of PSN avatars.
Collector's Edition: The Collector's Edition includes all the above, plus a set of enamel pins, a digital soundtrack, a digital artbook, an Ellie statue, some stickers, Ellie's bracelet, a lithograph print, and a thank you letter.
Ellie Edition: The Ellie Edition includes everything in the Collector's Edition, plus Ellie's backpack, the soundtrack on vinyl, and a logo patch.
Digital Deluxe Edition: The Digital Deluxe Edition includes an exclusive avatar, a set of even more avatars, the digital soundtrack, digital art book, and a dynamic theme.
Is there a The Last of Us 2 PS4 Pro limited edition bundle?
Almost certainly. Sony has a habit of producing special edition PS4 Pro consoles to go alongside each of its flagship games, and we're pretty sure it'll do the same for TLoU 2. We're willing to bet it'll have Ellie's tattoo emblazoned on it. Hopefully we'll learn more about this soon.
When will pre-load begin for The Last of Us: Part II?
Currently you can't pre-order The Last of Us 2 digitally via the PlayStation Store. However, those who do will be able to take advantage of pre-loading the game, which means it'll download to your console before the release date so it's ready to go straight away. This typically starts a couple of days before the launch date, so expect to be able to pre-load around the middle of February.
Does The Last of Us 2 come on two discs?
Yes, physical copies of The Last of Us: Part II will come with two Blu-Ray discs. It's likely that one will contain the majority of the game data, and is what you'll use to install the game on your PS4. The other will be the disc you insert to play the game.
How long is The Last of Us: Part II?
From what we know, The Last of Us 2 is going to be pretty darn big. The game's director, Neil Druckmann, calls it Naughty Dog's "most ambitious and longest game". Given that it necessitates two discs, we think it's safe to say this will be a very lengthy adventure.
Do you need to play The Last of Us 1 before you start The Last of Us: Part 2?
This is a series that's heavily character and story driven, so we would highly recommend playing through the first game before starting The Last of Us: Part II. We imagine the sequel will stand on its own well enough, but to get the full impact, it's worth playing the original adventure, which is available on both PS3 and PS4. In fact, The Last of Us Remastered is one of October 2019's PS Plus games, so if you've yet to try the original game, now's the time.
What is the story in The Last of Us: Part II?
Naughty Dog has gone on the record to say the main theme of the game is "Hate," and we know it stars an older Ellie. Details are thin on the ground, but it seems like she will be going on a quest for revenge when someone she loves is taken away. Aside from that, we don't know too much.
Are there new enemy types in The Last of Us 2?
Yes, there are a couple of new enemies we know of so far. One new species of the infected is called the Shambler. This guy is a large brute with thick fungus acting almost like armour plating. He's tough to take down, and will spray acidic fungal clouds at you. Lovely.
Then there are guard dogs. Certain enemy patrols will include attack dogs, and these are hard to deal with. They can detect your scent, and it's impossible to sneak up on them with their heightened hearing. If one does attack you, you're able to either kill the animal or deal with it non-lethally. Stealth and constant movement will be the keys to victory.
Can you jump in The Last of Us: Part II?
Perhaps an odd question, but yes, you can. Unlike the first game, The Last of Us 2 will feature a jump button, allowing you to explore the more expansive levels and clamber up to higher points. Ellie is also able to dodge incoming attacks and go prone to avoid detection. She sounds much more agile than Joel was.
Will you play as Ellie for the whole game in The Last of Us 2?
Ellie is the main protagonist in The Last of Us: Part II. Whether or not you'll be playing as her exclusively remains to be seen, but you'll spend the majority of the game playing as the 19-year-old.
Will you play as Joel in The Last of Us: Part II?
Joel is now confirmed to be in the game, but whether we will take control of the father figure is another story.
Will The Last of Us: Part 2 release on PS5 as well as PS4?
Some believe that The Last of Us 2 will be a cross-gen game -- in other words, it's a PS5 game as well as a PS4 title. Obviously, we don't know the answer just yet, but we think it's pretty likely we'll see a souped up version of the game on PS5 at some point.
Will The Last of Us: Part II have online multiplayer?
No. Naughty Dog has now confirmed that online multiplayer, including Factions mode, will not be included in The Last of Us 2. The sequel, at least at launch, is a purely single player game.
Will there be microtransactions in The Last of Us 2?
Considering the lack of online functionality, we doubt it.
Will there be DLC for The Last of Us 2?
It's hard to say. The original game did get one DLC expansion with Left Behind, but Naughty Dog isn't known for producing lots of extra content for its games. It's possible we'll see something, but we won't hear about it for quite some time.
Will there be PS4 Pro enhancements for The Last of Us: Part 2?
Recent gameplay footage seems to confirm that The Last of Us 2 will have upscaled 4K support on PS4 Pro. We'll update this when we learn more.
We'll update this FAQ as new information becomes available. Do you have any more burning questions regarding The Last of Us 2? Let us know in the comments below.