Last of Us Part II Story Trailer Leans Into the Gritty Horror

The Last of Us Part II's most recent story trailer pulls no punches with its violence.
The Last of Us Part II's most recent story trailer pulls no punches with its violence. / Courtesy of Naughty Dog

The Last of Us Part II's story trailer, released Wednesday, shows just how brutal the upcoming adventure game will be. Across its two-minute timeline viewers are treated to clicker kills, bodies hanging by their necks, self-surgery and more.

The trailer begins with Ellie and Joel in the first The Last of Us game, before showing the two of them reconnecting in the much grimmer present. It then skips along the story of the sequel, showing only fragments. A town burns at night. Ellie, bleeding from her nose and pinned down, pleads with captors to stop whatever it is they're doing. Her sitting on the edge of her bed, her back plastered with bruises.

There are also moments of beauty, as when Ellie rides her horse through a dense forest, but the prevailing sense is one of dread. As cryptic as the trailer is about the story, its perfectly clear that whatever revenge Ellie seeks will bring her to a dark place.

"I have to finish it," Ellie says in voice over.

"There's a cost," Joel tells her.

The specifics of that exchange, both what needs finishing and what it will cost, will be made clear to players when they finally get their hands on The Last of Us Part II, set for a June 19 release.