It has been almost three years since Naughty Dog unveiled the first trailer for "The Last of Us Part II" at the 2016 PlayStation Experience event. What followed the initial teaser was a long period of silence from both the developer and Sony.
The next time the public would hear anything about the survival horror title was during the 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo. Rumours began circulating that the game might get a 2019 release until the recent State of Play presentation confirmed otherwise. Fans can finally mark their calendars for February 21, 2020.
Now that the gaming public knows the exact launch date, the next step is to secure a copy of the game. Buyers can now pre-order the sequel through the usual outlets as well as online. For convenience, most gamers will likely opt for the digital version which is available in Standard or Deluxe Edition. However, the developer is giving consumers a good reason to go with a physical copy instead.
As illustrated by a guide from GameSpot, all pre-ordered versions of "The Last of Us Part II" will include two in-game bonuses. Players will receive an ammo capacity upgrade as well as a crafting training manual to get things started. Meanwhile, those who choose to go digital will get an exclusive PSN avatar. Marketing materials reveal that it will be an image of Ellie's tattoo.
On the other hand, Deluxe Edition owners are getting a digital soundtrack, a digital mini art book, and six PSN avatars on top of the exclusive. It will cost $10 (8 pounds) more than the $60 (48.51 pounds) Standard version. Up next is the $80 (64.68 pounds) Special Edition, which offers a PlayStation 4 dynamic theme, six PSN avatars, a 48-page art book from Dark Horse, and a steelbook case with the game disc.
This is followed by the $170 (137.44 pounds) Collector's Edition, which comes with everything that the Special Edition has, a few digital goodies, and a couple of collectible extras. These include a set of six enamel pins, a set of five stickers, a lithograph art print alongside a thank you letter from Naughty Dog, a wearable replica of Ellie's bracelet, and a 12-inch statue of the female protagonist playing the guitar.
Lastly, the biggest of the bunch is the Ellie Edition that will retail for $230 (185.96 pounds). This premium bundle has all of the digital and physical items of the Collector's Edition but adds a logo patch, the game's soundtrack on a 7-inch vinyl record, and a life-size replica of Ellie's backpack. Judging by the latest trailer, "The Last of Us Part II" is shaping up to be another award-winning Sony-exclusive.