The Last of Us: Part II is set to launch in just under a month, but we've not seen all that much of it. Especially when it comes to raw gameplay, Naughty Dog has kept things under wraps, showing only a couple of demonstrations in the past. This latest video is most welcome, then, as it dives into the gameplay and design philosophy of the upcoming sequel.
Various ND members discuss the game's mechanics. For example, because you're playing as Ellie, you're more nimble but much smaller than Joel. She can dodge attacks, jump around, and go prone, but fighting big tough guys is going to feel that much more intimidating. You may spot some brief glimpses of new footage in here too, mostly looking at combat scenarios.
Naughty Dog also talks about how environments are much larger this time, and that there are story and dialogue moments you could miss if you don't explore fully. We also learn that you're not going to be able to upgrade Ellie fully in one playthrough, so you'll have to live with whichever decisions you make.
Overall it looks like a refinement of the gameplay from the original, rather than a huge departure. Hopefully it plays as good as it looks when it finally releases on 19th June. Are you hyped for The Last of Us 2? Throw some bricks in the comments section below.