The Last of Us Part II Aims to Maintain Gameplay Tension Regardless of Difficulty

The Last of Us Part II's Director Neil Druckmann talks about the title's difficulty settings as well as discussing its accessibility options.

Those who have played The Last of Us will know all about the key ingredient in this title that makes your heart beat faster, palms sweaty and that’s its immense tension-filled moments – especially when faced with those awful Clickers or trying to remain quiet in the presence of enemies. Thankfully this time around, those tense environmental moments are even greater and if you’ve watched any of The Last of Us Part II’s gameplay you will have noticed that stealth and combat are even more important than ever before.

Recently, Spanish publication 3D Juegos got the chance to probe Director Neil Druckmann on how the difficulty will work throughout the gameplay of Ellie’s journey. Neil stated that regardless of what difficulty mode players wanted to experience the title on, that everyone will get to enjoy Ellie’s story no matter their skill set and how the game is intended so to not lose the general feeling of tension.

Druckmann also went on to tell 3D Juegos that The Last of Us Part II‘s accessibility options will ensure that no-one feels left out and that they have catered to everyone’s visual and auditory abilities. “We will have many accessibility options, we know that not everyone has the same skill, the same visual or auditory ability, we want to make sure everyone can enjoy the story,” said Druckmann. Although the accessibility options have yet to be shown, Neil made it clear that Naughty Dog wants to ensure the tension of Ellie’s story is a universal one.

For players who desire a challenge in their games, Neil did state that players could, in fact, turn off their listening mode which would produce a more heightened tension factor. Hopefully, we will get to hear more about the game’s difficulty implements and accessibility factors over the coming months but, so far, it seems as though Naughty Dog has traveled down the right path in allowing this extortionary looking title to be accessed by players from all walks of life and that can only ever be a good thing.

The Last of Us Part II launches on February 21, 2020, on PlayStation 4. The game is available for preorder on Amazon now.

Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Head of Culture, 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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