Naughty Dog dropped a trailer for The Last of Us Part II today. When I saw it pop up, I had a ton of enthusiasm, but I was just as immediately disappointed. (Quit playing games with my heart, you monsters.) It’s not a new trailer with new gameplay or a release date. The trailer, which you can see at the top of this article, is a collection of reactions to the original reveal trailer from 2016. It’s about five minutes worth of it and absolutely nothing else.
As the original reveal footage is played, we see YouTubers, streamers, and even Teens React (3:33 in the video) getting excited about a sequel to one of team PlayStation’s more beloved games. They are excited, shocked, shaking, and crying as Ellie plays a guitar and says how she’s going to kill them all.
As an avowed lover of trailers, this has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve seen this year. The trailer, which is in the background, is two years old. Four out of five doctors agree that people going full Betsy Wetsy over it doesn’t sell anyone anything anymore, right? It just seems like a weird approach to reminding everyone that your game is still in production. It’s good enough, it’s smart enough, and, gosh darnit, people like it.
The only reason I can think that this is being done is to prepare us for the release date announcement at The Game Awards later this week. If that’s true, I guess keep your web cams on and your tissues near for when those tears of joy start flowing. You never know when you might be used in a commercial two years down the road.
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.