Details about The Last of Us 2 has been scarce since Naughty Dog confirmed it December last year. Thankfully, though, game director Neil Druckmann has been generous enough to keep its fans updated through his social media accounts. More recently, he has let the cat out of the bag about a potential gameplay feature on Twitter.
Druckmann specifically tweeted a photo update showing his day at work with co-writer and former Westworld scribe Halley Gross. He is seen on top of a horse prop with a prop shotgun in one hand. While most fans appreciated the brief glimpse at the ongoing development of the game, some were quick to point out what it meant for the sequel.
Horseback Combat Gameplay
Since the props are used for mocap session, there’s a chance that horseback fighting sequences in-game are included. If the predictions are correct, The Last of Us 2 protagonist Ellie may very well find herself fighting enemies from a horse–or she might be escaping from them on horseback instead.
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) April 14, 2017
The title’s development team is no stranger in teasing, having alluded to the much-awaited sequel with concept art months prior to its official reveal. We can recall the first game featured some horse riding too, suggesting Druckmann’s tweet, was indeed meant to stir the hype and send fans into a frenzy imagining all the gameplay possible with the behind-the-scene photo.
The bad news is that players might have to wait a long time before they can actually witness the said horseback combat gameplay in action. As previously reported, the sequel has not entered full production yet as Naughty Dog’s focus is still on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
In fact, the studio hasn’t even provided The Last of Us 2 release date yet. There were claims that it’ll be ready by Christmas this year, but its early production status clearly suggests it’s unlikely. Instead, separate reports state it would arrive sometime in 2019.
Horizon Zero Dawn’s Graphics
Despite the delay, Naughty Dog promises the long wait will be worth it. If all goes well, Druckmann promises that the sequel would top the graphics of Horizon: Zero Dawn. Referencing the Guerilla Games title, here’s what he had to say:
“The graphics are staggering. I don’t even think of it as graphics because I’m in the woods. I’m in this overgrown environment, and I’m like, ‘How are they getting so much foliage, such density in an open-world game.’ You better believe I’m going to my team, and I’m saying like, ‘Okay. This is the bar now. We have to top this.’ It’s awesome. We’re super excited for you guys, we know how hard you worked on this game.”
Whether Naughty Dog manages to outdo Horizon’s visuals remain to be seen. However, if there’s one studio that can top what Guerrilla Games has accomplished on Sony’s PS4, it’s none other than Naughty Dog.
The Last of Us 2 is set for release on PS4 exclusively.