At the PlayStation Experience 2016 event, developer Naughty Dog announces The Last of Us Part Two. A sequel to critically acclaimed Playstation-exclusive, The Last of Us, the game will star returning female protagonist Ellie.
The Last of Us Part Two is just one of several new games announced during the show that feature playable female characters.
The Last of Us Part Two and More Announced at PlayStation Experience 2016
Although the trailer doesn’t feature much in terms of what the game is about, Naughty Dog has confirmed that Ellie will be the main character in The Last of Us Part Two. At 19 years old, this older version of Ellie seeks some sort of revenge, with Naughty Dog also saying that Part Two is a game about “hate,” in contrast to the first game’s theme of love.
By making Ellie its playable character, The Last of Us Part Two is also one of few games that allow people to play as an LGBTQ character. The Last of Us‘ creative director, Neil Druckmann (who is also directing Part Two), previously confirmed that Ellie is gay. In the game’s Left Behind DLC, Ellie and her (female) best friend Riley share a kiss.
There’s no indication that Ellie’s sexuality will be mentioned at all in the new game (it wasn’t brought up in The Last of Us‘ main game) but undoubtedly, the representation is welcomed. The Last of Us Part 2 doesn’t have a release date, though it will be released on PS4.
The Last of Us Part Two wasn’t the only Naughty Dog game at PlayStation Experience to feature a playable female character, either, as the developer also announced Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The Lost Legacy is set in war-torn India and follows Chloe Frazer (from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves) and her partner Nadine Ross (from Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End) as they try to find the long lost Tusk of Ganesh.
The adventure will be available standalone (meaning you won’t need to own Uncharted 4 to play it) and it has also been confirmed that its larger than Left Behind. It will be released on PS4 sometime in 2017.
Another highlight from PlayStation Experience 2016 was the announcement of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, a fighting game that will be out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One next year. The full character roster hasn’t been revealed yet, but Captain Marvel, Ryu and Morrigan have been confirmed and more female characters and characters of colour are likely set to feature.
Additionally, PlayStation Experience 2016 brought us a new trailer for upcoming PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn, combat RPG Absolver (which features female and non-white characters) got a new trailer too, while the PS4 and PS Vita are confirmed to be getting Lara Croft GO and its Mirror Of Spirits expansion.
Overall, the event was an impressive showcase, highlighting just how many diverse playable characters are set to be available on PlayStation platforms.