Naughty Dog has revealed new The Last of Us Part 2 collectible concept art, another Ellie statuette, and a PS4 dynamic theme that you can download right now – not to mention announcing the game’s first public hands-on.
First off, the new concept art is said to explore the two sides of Ellie’s journey throughout the game. As Naughty Dog puts it, “from the relative peace she’s found when the story begins to the relentless pursuit of vengeance that follows.” You can download this concept art as wallpaper for any of your devices.
If you’re into dynamic themes then there’s now a The Last of Us Part 2 one available for PS4. It transitions from day to night based on your PS4’s clock and is available for free on the PlayStation Store. You just need to enter the code that corresponds to your region (note that the codes expire on February 11, 2021).
Europe/AU/NZ/Russia/Middle East/Africa/India: 9DEK-PKNG-N445
If you want something more physical, you could always order the new art prints which will soon be available at Cook & Becker. Naughty Dog says these new prints are different to the ones that were released last year, so keep an eye out for those.
The other physical option is to pre-order the second The Last of Us Part 2 statuette that has been produced with Dark Horse. The first one had Ellie with a bow and arrow, but this second one makes her look much more vicious as she’s angrily wielding a machete.
This statuette is having a limited production based on the number of pre-orders Dark Horse receives before March 13, 2020. So if you want one you’ll need to order it before that date. Bear in mind that you can’t order more than two per person.
The final announcement today is that the first-ever public demo of The Last of Us Part 2 will be available to play at PAX East 2020. “From 27th February until 1st March, attendees will have an opportunity to play “Patrol”, featuring an early area of the game where Ellie and Dina must venture out of Jackson into the surrounding areas to clear out infected,” Naughty Dog said.
The demo is said to have an hour of gameplay altogether and will “provide just a small glimpse into what awaits you in the full game.” This is the demo that we got to play last year so head over and read our The Last of Us Part 2 impressions to get an idea of what you’ll experience, unless you want to avoid spoilers, of course.
IGN Game Scoop at PAX East
As if you needed another excuse to visit Boston at the end of the month, we’ll be there doing a live recording of Game Scoop on Saturday, February 29 at 7:30 pm in the Dragonfly Theater. We’ll also be out and about on the floor, and will most certainly be looking to talk to you about The Last of Us Part II, so if you’re going to be there and you see one of us, make sure to say “hi!”
The Last of Us Part II is due to come out for PS4 on May 29, 2020. Among many changes to the first game are dogs, which are much harder to kill than humans, it turns out.
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