PlayStation’s latest State of Play gave us a release date for The Last of Two Part II as well as the central premise of the story, namely revenge. Now, a special letter to fans from director Neil Druckmann gives us a deeper look into how developer Naughty Dog set out to explore the theme of revenge in the game.
The letter is included in the game’s Collector’s Edition and in it, Druckmann first expressed his thanks to fans before delving into what the game is trying to convey with its theme of revenge.
“What would you do if someone you loved was the victim of a cruel and violent act? How easily could one’s mind tip toward violent retribution?” Druckmann asked in the opening paragraph of his note. “How far would you go to bring the people responsible to justice? If you were successful, how would it change you? Would you ever be the same?”
Druckmann also wrote in the note that the team at Naughty Dog are digging into the “darkest side of human nature” with The Last of Us II to see what the limits of people are.
With The Last of Us Part II, we set out to create an experience that explores these difficult questions, the darkest sides of human nature, and the vicious cycles of violence that we witness in the world around us on a daily basis. The result is a game crafted by hundreds of developers that pushed themselves to create something more than mere entertainment–a game that we’re incredibly proud of and that we hope will enthral you and challenge your own views of justice and empathy. On behalf of everyone at Naughty Dog, we want to thank you for embarking on this journey with us.
The Last of Us Part II Collector’s Edition will be retailing for US$170 and will come with an assortment of items, including:
- Steelbook with the full game included
- 12-inch Ellie statue
- 48-page mini art book from Dark Horse
- Ellie’s bracelet
- Lithograph art print and thank you letter from Neil Druckmann
- Set of five stickers
- Set of 6 enamel pins