The Last of Us Part II Motion Capture of a Dog Will Make Your Heart Sad

Naughty Dog's lead animator shares some clips of The Last of Us Part 2's real-life dogs.

Even if you haven’t yet got stuck into Naughty Dog’s biggest and newest title The Last of Us Part II yet, you most likely would have heard that the game has our loyal companions scattered throughout its levels. The studio certainly hasn’t held back in producing some top tier animation that’s almost as impressive as its environments. Naughty Dog’s lead animator Jeremy Yates has taken to Twitter to showcase one of the games real-life dogs in action and my heart can’t take that I may have killed it (in-game, obviously.)

Yates has recently posted some shots of horses being motion captured for The Last of Us Part 2 that was pretty incredible looking, almost like they were part of some war horse movie galloping into battle. As a fun fact, those very same horses are apparently multitalented and have also been used in Sucker Punch’s upcoming title, Ghost of Tsushima. If that wasn’t enough to tug at your heartstrings, he also posted a clip of one of the dogs in their little motion capture suit doing some jumps. It makes me sad that I could have killed that very same dog in the game as look how cute it is! Yes, I know it’s a video game and it’s not real. That’s not the point – shut up.

Yates followed up the jumping doggie clip by another jumping doggie that was actually used for deer galloping. I guess it would have been too much of a risk to get an actual deer in the studio. Regardless, I think I may have found my new career change: dog handler for motion capture and doggie suit fitter. As I make my way through The Last of Us Part II for the second time in New Game +, I’m honestly doing my best not to kill any dogs but man, those little buggers are savage but you certainly wouldn’t know it from that motion capture clip.

If taking pictures in your games is something you love, EA’s Petri ‘Berduu’ Levälahti has shared some cool tips on how best to snap some photos. You may also dig the official The Last of Us podcast if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. In previous episodes, the podcasts focused on the summer sections of the first game, episode three dived into fall, and the Left Behind DLC and episode four were centered around Winter and Spring but the latest one will be all about Part II.

The Last of Us Part II has already and probably unsurprisingly reached over 4 million in sales and has become the PS4’s fastest-selling exclusive ever. Sony revealed the news on the PlayStation Blog today that as of June 21 the highly anticipated sequel has done extremely well in such a short space of time, overtaking PS4’s previous record holders, God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man. This news comes after we heard that in Japan, The Last of Us Part II became its top-selling first-party PS4 game selling 178,696 copies in total. If you ever wondered how The Last of Us Part II’s developers created those chilling sounds that The Infected make, you can check out Naughty Dog’s sound designer who delved into the process.

Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann has more information on whether The Last of Us Part II would have a DLC like The Last of Us: Left Behind. During a spoilercast with Kinda Funny GamesNeil stated that currently there are “no plans” to release DLC for Part II. But who knows, maybe we will see a DLC drop sometime into the future. If you want to find a cool and slightly gross way of distracting those hungry clickers to give you a little breathing room, check out this article that offers up a crafty way to get a step ahead of those big infected heads.

The Last of Us Part II released exclusively for PS4 Friday, June 19, 2020, and you can order the game on Amazon. You can also check out our review of the game if you haven’t already.

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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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