While weapon-crafting was a mainstay for the original The Last of Us, another less-utilized mechanic were the peppered Workbenches that let players upgrade their guns. If you were wondering whether The Last of Us Part II would include this, eagle-eyed dives into some Naughty Dog promotional videos would suggest so.
News originally came from, of all places, Naughty Dog’s development and promotional video for International Woman’s Day 2019.
Seen above, the video takes place at Naughty Dog’s Santa Monica studio, amid development of The Last of Us Part II. So, naturally, we catch a few glimpses of coding screens and shots likely to be part of some in-game cinematics. However, there is hardly anything “substantive” so to speak… or so we thought.
Eagle-eyed community members from The Last of Us Reddit community have noticed a few interesting points from screen captures, with the most notable being an apparent weapon upgrade UI visible at the 0:37 point of the video:
The background to this is (likely intentionally) bright and blurred, so let’s take a moment and ENHANCE.
Before we move on, a quick apology to Naughty Dog UI designer María Capel as we close-up on her face.
In the enhanced version of the image, you can very clearly see “UPGRADE” at the top of the page, followed by different pistols. Anything other than that is pretty grainy and hard to make out — it is immediately unclear if this is for the main game or the multiplayer component. Also, it’s hard to say what the level of customization is and what crafting materials may be necessary to juice your gear up in The Last of Us Part II.
As a quick point of comparison, this is what the Workbench Weapon Upgrade UI looked like in the original The Last of Us:
Using tools and parts lootable from the surrounding environment, players were able to upgrade their guns on various aspects — including clip capacity, fire rate, and more. Even blurry and over-exposed, it seems pretty obvious that The Last of Us Part II will have much better UI. So great job on that, Capel.
This is far from the only digging that the community has done as they eagerly wait for new announcements about the Naughty Dog project. Earlier this month, new character art surfaced from the art designer’s personal portfolio. Even better, Neil Druckmann got a bit of a laugh when Netflix ripped off The Last of Us in some recent (likely) copyright infringement.
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