In the US, Boulevard Brewing Co. has also created special branded six-packs of Space Camper Cosmic IPA, and will give away 10 of the PS4 Pro bundles alongside it.Naughty Dog art director John Sweeney explained that the choice to theme the console after Ellie’s tattoo was based on fan reaction to the design: “When we first revealed The Last of Us Part II, we had no idea how quickly fans would embrace Ellie’s tattoo. Within a day, we started seeing real-life versions showing up on social media and fans have been sharing photos of their new tattoos with us week after week ever since.
“When the opportunity arose to create a custom PS4 Pro for The Last of Us Part II, I worked with our graphic designer at the time, Angel Garcia, and we considered a few different ideas, but we kept coming back to Ellie’s tattoo. By that point, it had become a symbol of the game and for the community–much like the Firefly logo in the first game. It was the clear choice, but we wondered: what if it could be engraved? It hadn’t been done before, so we weren’t sure it was even possible, but thanks to the incredible efforts of the teams at PlayStation, we found a way. “
With not long to go until release, The Last of Us 2 is getting a new video series about its development, and we’ve learned it will be the first Sony game to get the new PlayStation Studios intro. We’re on the home stretch, so make sure you watch out for spoilers.
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