This week has been a very big week for gaming. Nintendo revealed major sales numbers for their titles, numerous games had Halloween events, and the countdown continues towards the launch of the Xbox One X. But for Sony, the week has been even more momentous, as they revealed numerous games and game trailers at Paris Games Week. One of them though has been causing quite a stir, which would be the newest trailer for The Last Of Us Part II.
In this trailer (which you can see below, but be warned, it is graphic), we see a bunch of new characters, and it’s what happens to these characters that is getting people upset. A woman is nearly hung, and is shown squirming as the noose tightens around her neck. She’s threatened with a knife in her stomach, which is apparently meant to kill her unborn child. Adding to that, a young child is brought in, then has her arm visibly broken by a hammer, then said hammer is used to brutally kill one of the attackers.
All of this has many people wondering why this trailer was made at all. For while violence in video games isn’t new, this kind of brutality in a trailer is. Many are crying foul, saying that Sony and Naughty Dog are just trying to “sell games” by making such a controversial trailer. Well, Sony Executive Jim Ryan doesn’t feel that way. In an interview with Telegraph, he noted:
“The Last of Us obviously is a game made by adults to be played by adults.”
He goes on to say that this will likely be a “M” rated title, making it a game that would appeal to a more mature audience, hence the darkness of the trailer. Ryan went on to note that he does feel that this was the best way to end the Paris Games Week show, noting that many different kinds of games were shown before it, and that he felt “very good about it.”