‘The Last of Us 2’ Release Highly Anticipated But Some Gamers Don’t Want Joel to Return!

With the highly-anticipated role-playing game “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” is already confirmed for release exclusively on the PlayStation 4 on April 26, all eyes and ears are now on the sequel of the action-adventure survival horror game “The Last of Us” expected to come from game developer Naughty Dog.

As it is, Naughty Dog has yet to confirm anything about “The Last of Us 2” as its concentration is still basically on “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” which is the last adventure of game protagonist Nathan Drake.

However, speculations are now all over the internet regarding the possible plotlines and release date of “The Last of Us” and some reports are even saying that it could only be a matter of time before developers give waiting fans a glimpse of what to expect in the sequel, reports Jobs & Hire.

Because of the immense success of “The Last of Us” when it was released exclusively on the PlayStation 3 in June 2013, its sequel have ranked as one of the most eagerly anticipated video games in gaming history.

Reports have it that the development of “The Last of Us 2” has already started but Naughty Dog has yet to confirm or deny those reports. One thing is certain about “The Last of Us 2” if and when it gets to be released soon or in the near future, it would come out exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

Some pieces of evidence

While Naughty Dog has been very silent about “The Last of Us 2,” there have been some pieces of evidence out there that would seem to hint at the possibility that the game may be further along than what fans might expect, according to latest reports.

In “The Last of Us,” players traverse post-apocalyptic environments, moving through locations such as towns, buildings, and sewers to advance through the game’s story.

Players use firearms, improvised weapons, and stealth to defend against hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus.

For the most part of the game, players control Joel who was tasked with escorting the young Ellie across the United States. Ellie and her other companions are controlled by artificial intelligence. Players also control Ellie throughout the game’s winter segment.

While some gamers are expecting the possible return of Joel and Ellie in “The Last of Us 2”, some believe that it is also possible that Naughty Dog may re-cast the sequel altogether.

Some are hoping that Ellie would be back and most others do not like Joel to return to the sequel.

According to one gamer, when he got to play Ellie in “The Last of Us”, it was one of the best parts of the game. He said that he came to understand Ellie better and could feel that she has been through a lot in the game.

The gamer went on to say that an Ellie-centric “The Last of Us 2” would be a great idea. He also said that it would be a great emotional scene if Joel dies in Ellie’s arms trying to save her from the Infected.

He said that perhaps Naughty Dog would like to consider doing it while the protagonists are trying to kill a stage 5 Infected which got removed from the first game. Then after Joel’s death, Ellie will be all her own and shall continue fighting for her own survival.

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However, such plotline is just a fan wishful thinking and has yet to be confirmed or denied by Naughty Dog.

The trademark filing

Heightened speculations and rumors about “The Last of Us 2” started swirling online when Sony reportedly filed a trademark for a new game called “Days Gone” on December 28, 2015. Many believed that despite the different title, the game has something to do with “The Last of Us 2,” details the Parent Herald.


  1. I really do not see where this hate on Joel is coming from. Most people I talk to want to see him return. I think most of these blogs about not wanting Joel to return are a little bias. I think keeping Joel for at least the next game would be great for the game series future. If they plan on making this another 4 game story like Uncharted killing off one of the 2 main characters in the second game is not the best idea in my opinion. Plus I thought the father daughter relationship between that was built between Ellie and Joel was amazing and to ruin it with such an early death would be a shame.
    Here is my idea for some of the next game. The fire flies track down Ellie and Joel shortly after their escape. Because of this Ellie finds out Joel lied to her about them. This will obviously cause some mistrust and that could be taken many directions story wise. Also don’t forget Joel’s past. Ellie still has much to learn about what Joel did those 20 years before they met. Maybe that could be a story key for Joel to regain trust of Ellie?
    I think playing as Ellie a little more would be nice. But to axe Joel would be a mistake this early on in the series. When I played as Joel if I was caught when trying to be stealth I went into bad-ass mode and started smashing heads into walls and beating people to death with bricks. On the other hand while playing Ellie I worried much more about stealth because being a child she lacks the strength to handle much physical confrontation. Both are fun to play so to switch back and forth between the two like the last game would be great. Maybe play as Ellie a little more but defiantly keep both.

  2. TLoU2 needs to have Joel and Ellie. These characters together, interacting and growing together, that’s what made this story so perfect. Removing either or both of them would seriously detract from the story and I’ve been dying to travel with these two again.

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