Since its release on the 19th of June 2020, The Last of Us Part II has been a massive success for Naughty Dog and Sony. On the 11th of August, Naughty Dog announced an upcoming update to The Last of Us Part II that will add plenty of new features. This will certainly give players a good reason to jump back into the game.
The update will arrive on the 13th of August and will add a new set of trophies to The Last of Us Part II‘s trophy list. One of the new trophies is titled “Dig Two Graves”, and is awarded to players who “complete the story on Grounded”. According to Naughty Dog’s blog post, the new Grounded mode will make resources even scarcer and enemies deadlier. It will also disable listen mode and strip away elements of the HUD. The ramp-up in difficulty will provide a new challenge to anyone who already mastered the game on Survivor difficulty.
The update will also add a trophy called “You Can’t Stop This” which will be awarded to players who “complete the story with any permadeath setting”. The permadeath feature will enhance The Last of Us Part II‘s realism aspects by increasing the consequences of death. Typically, permadeath in video games implies that a loss will require you to restart the game. However, Naughty Dog assures players that the permadeath feature will be adjustable on a per-chapter or per-act basis. If you are crazy enough, you can also set permadeath to force you to start from the beginning of the game.
The Last of Us Part II players who are jealous of Ghost of Tsushima‘s Kurosawa mode will be happy to know that the update will add nearly 30 graphics rendering modes. This will allow you to play the game in black and white, sepia and many other modes. You will also be able to adjust the film grain. Audio modifiers have also been announced and will include 8-bit audio and helium audio, among several other options. This will provide a novel twist to any replay.
There have also been significant gameplay adjustments announced. This includes the ability to enable infinite ammo and infinite crafting. An interesting addition is the “Touch of Death” that will enable one-shot kills. Naughty Dog has also kept speedrunners in mind, and the upcoming update to The Last of Us Part II will display playtime up to the second to make it easier for speedrunners to verify their runs.
For those who are not familiar with The Last of Us series, it is a Sony exclusive set in the USA following a pandemic that destroys modern society. Those infected lose their humanity and gain zombie-like characteristics as well as a violent craving for flesh. The story centers on a man named Joel and a girl named Ellie who develop a close bond as they navigate their dystopian world. The sequel has garnered itself significant controversy (as well as praise) for subverting narrative expectations and using the video game medium to explore different perspectives and tackle heavy moral questions regarding revenge, justice and the nature of violence.
For fans of the franchise, the upcoming update to The Last of Us Part II is something to look forward to while we wait for the online multiplayer mode Naughty Dog has promised us.