Strap in because this article is going to get a little wild. Last week a new TV spot trailer for The Las Of Us Part 2 was released. It shows CGI footage of Ellie, Dina, and a few other enemy characters from the game, but none of it is actual in-game footage. However, there are a few pieces of information in there that, while not specifically highlighted to viewers, may have slipped under the radar to even the keen-eyed among you. Check out the trailer below, and read on for some of those details.
To kick things off I’ll point out an obvious one, the bracelet that Ellie wears. Towards the end of the trailer, when the camera pans to Dina’s face as she’s listening to Ellie play the guitar, we see the bracelet on her wrist. The trailer then cuts to Ellie in the heat of battle, wearing that same bracelet. This is a foreshadowing of the events in the game. We know that something happens to Dina, and we know that’s Ellie’s motivation for heading out to Seattle, but even tis trailer doesn’t give away the deeper details.
The second detail I feel that needs pointing out requires a spoiler warning, so skip to the next point if you don’t want the first game ruined. Ellie is running around underground, and she’s being pursued by militaristic enemies who are all wearing masks. She comes up against a wall of infected, all of whom are now going to try to kill her, but there are also spores in the air. Ellie is immune to the infection, while everyone else is not. By not wearing a mask she’s giving all of that away. I think that we’ll see this play into the story somehow, I’m just not quite sure how yet.
Finally we have the song that Ellie is playing. The song is True Faith, by New Order. This song was first released in 1987, and it really is a sign of those times. I’ve included the video below in case you don’t believe me. The point I want to make is that this song pre-dates Outbreak Day in The Last Of Us, the day that the infection reached pandemic levels, which was September 27, 2013. This fits with the lore of the game’s world, and it’s probably a version of the song that Joel taught to Ellie, yet another sign of the intimacy that the pair share in the second game.
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