The arcade from The Last of Us 2 is closing down in real life

The Last of Us 2
(Image credit: Naughty Dog)

The Seattle-based arcade that featured in The Last of Us 2 is sadly shutting its doors for good.

Just below, you can see a tweet from a Seattle-based artist and writer, bemoaning the loss of Gameworks, a major arcade of the Pacific northwest city. This arcade is actually one featured in The Last of Us 2, during Ellie's adventures in Seattle, where she ventures through the ruined city by boat during Chapter 4 of Naughty Dog's sequel.

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The replies to the artist/writer's original tweet are filled with people similarly saddened by the loss of Gameworks in Seattle. It would appear that the arcade, which is actually part of a U.S.-based chain, had a reputation among the Seattle gaming community for being one of the very best arcades to visit in the whole city.

For those that don't know, Ellie visits the ruins of Gameworks in The Last of Us 2 for an encounter with a Bloater. You can see a brief clip of the fight in this YouTube (opens in new tab) video, where you can clearly see the middle walkway of the big arcade extending above Ellie's fight with the Bloater among boatloads of arcade machines.

The Last of Us 2 primarily takes place around Seattle, where Naughty Dog incorporated various other landmarks of the city into the game, just like Gameworks. For example, the gigantic ferris wheel can be seen while exploring the city as Ellie, and both Ellie and Abby's adventures take them to the Seattle aquarium numerous times. Here's hoping Gameworks is the last Seattle landmark seen in The Last of Us 2 to shut its doors.

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Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.