The Last of Us is one of the most beloved and well-received single-player games of the 21st century.
Coming in with a massive 95 on metacritic, it has set the bar extremely high for a sequel.
So high in fact, that The Last of Us 2 has been delayed from February 21st to May 29th just to make sure it is up to the standard. Or at least, it had been until COVID-19 hit and with a sense of irony knocked the release date back even further.
The original game got an ESRB rating of Mature 17+, which was no surprise given the apocalyptic, gore-filled world that Joel & Ellie traversed.
But the rating for The Last of Us 2 suggests things could be a little different this time around.
More mature game?
While the original featured warnings about blood and gore, intense violence, sexual themes, and strong language in its Mature 17+ rating, The Last of Us 2 takes things up a notch.
It still has Mature 17+ rating, provisionally, but there is a bit more included...
WARNING: This one will be intense
The addition of sexual content, nudity, and use of drugs replaces the "sexual themes" warning and hints at a much darker and adult story for The Last of Us 2.
The trailer for The Last of Us 2 showed a story of revenge as well as Ellie's love interest.
Is it possible that the two threads become intertwined? Whatever way The Last of Us 2 goes, it is sure to shock and enthrall players the world over.