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The Last Of Us Part 2's latest trailer is hot like fire and not messing around

PlayStation's Paris Game Week showcase ended with a bang. A bang to the forehead with a claw hammer, courtesy of The Last of Us 2. This latest look at the Naughty Dog game revealed that as well as murderous spore zombies, players will need to deal with a cult too. It never rains but it pours, amirite? 

We didn't see any Ellie or Joel, but we do see a new female character getting lynched by some religious whackadoodles. She's saved by two other new characters, Kiara and Lev (we'll get confirmation of those names as soon as we can) after a nasty battle. The suggestion is they've been part of the cult at some point, or a least encountered it before, and are considered apostates.

It's a reminder that Naughty Dog always delivers when it comes to cinematics, just five minutes with these new characters and I'm totally invested. Especially in the skinhead chick with the bow and arrow skills. 

For a brief moment it looked like Detroit: Being Human would win the "darkest trailer of the show" prize with its themes of child abuse, robots and murder, but The Last of Us Part 2 ties for first place. The scene where the female cultist orders her minions to "clip her wings," in reference to one of the women, is particularly gruelling viewing. 

The Last of Us part 2 is due to be released sometime in 2018, and looking as this dark as hell trailer, it can't come soon enough. 

Rachel Weber
Rachel Weber

Rachel Weber is the US Managing Editor of GamesRadar+ and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Rachel began working in games journalism in 2006, combing her love of video games with her passion for writing. Starting as a fresh-faced staff writer of Official PlayStation Magazine, she went on to cover the business side of the industry with GamesIndustry.biz, before joining Rolling Stone's ambitious - if short-lived - Glixel project in 2016. She returned to Future and joined GamesRadar+ in 2017, revitalizing the news coverage and building new processes and strategies for the US team.


Throughout her 15 years of experience, Rachel has interviewed celebrities about their gaming habits, chatted with PlayStation and Xbox bosses, written thousands of words of previews, reviews, and news, and appeared as an expert on BBC radio and TV. In the name of games journalism, she's also taken rap lessons, appeared on the streets of London as a zombie, tried her hand at sword-fighting, and taken part in more than one 24-hour gaming marathons. 


When she's not on duty for GamesRadar expect to see her hunting down the weirdest indie games on Steam, curling up with the latest horror novel, or binging the newest must-see crime documentary. You can find her at @therachelweber on Twitter.