During The Last of Us Part II’s panel at this year’s PSX, which opened with incredible performances from Ashley Johnson (Ellie) and Troy Baker (Joel), the cast and writers were able to offer up new details and an update regarding the sequel’s status. Towards the end of the panel, writer Neil Druckmann was asked about where the highly-anticipated follow up stands as far as completion status is concerned. His answer? Part II is roughly “50 to 60%” complete. Additionally, fans should expect more information and another trailer at PlayStation’s E3 2018 conference.
While the wait for the update next June will be a daunting one, the panel also revealed a few new tidbits. For starters, as many Redditors have surmised, a part of TLoU’s sequel will indeed take place in Seattle. Information on two of the new characters was dropped as well. Victoria Grace’s character, Yara, and Ian Alexander’s Lev are siblings. Both are seen in the second trailer that dropped during Paris Games Week and are now confirmed to be 16 and 13 years of age, respectively.
Another notable tidbit was Laura Bailey, who plays the mysterious woman being hanged in the second trailer, divulging that she’s performed a lot of her own stunts–including the hanging scene. The rest of the cast echoed her; they, too, have been similarly performing as much of their own stunts as possible.
With The Last of Us Part II currently about half way finished, it stands to reason that a 2018 release date is unlikely, especially considering Naughty Dog’s reputation of polish and perfection.