Sony Defends Recent The Last Of Us Part II Trailer In New Statement

Controversial Trailer

During Paris Games Week 2017, The Last of Us fans witnessed the release of a trailer for the second installment in the series. The trailer gained a bit of notoriety with the violent scenes it depicted such as hangings, breaking arms with hammers, arrows piercing skulls, and more. Many media outlets reported that much of the violence was unnecessary and the debate broke out about the overall narrative and how games in general are depicted. Thankfully, Sony Executive Jim Ryan has stepped in to defend the controversial trailer and clarified to those confused what the series is actually about.

The gruesome brutality witnessed in the trailer is definitely not for the faint of heart and critics reviewing the recent video denounced the idea of using such strong depictions of violence to sell a game. Ryan explained in a recent interview that The Last of Us Part II is a game made by adults to be played by adults. It’s highly likely that the game will receive an 18+ rating and trailers should reflect the kind of experience fans will have in a game. While he can’t speak for the intentions of Naughty Dog, he did express that Sony did right by the franchise with the marketing strategy they chose.

The Last of Us obviously is a game made by adults to be played by adults. I should never prejudge this but it will probably be rated 18, I think it’s fair to say. And there’s that market for those people who like that sort of game. Adults who like that sort of game. And I think we cater for that, and at the other end of the spectrum there was Concrete Genie, which my eight-year-old decided was the game she would like to play very much.

I think a platform holder provides a platform and the people who make games, whether they’re our own studios or third-party publishers, they bring the content to the platform. We provide the platform. We have to ensure the right content is played by the right people – of appropriate ages in particular. I thought The Last of Us Part 2 was a great way to end the show and I feel very good about it.”

No release date has been set yet for The Last of Us II but the title will once again appear exclusively on the PlayStation 4. Let us know your thoughts on the controversial trailer for the Last of Us Part II and Jim Ryan’s defense in the comments section below. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.

Want to hear our thoughts on who we think the main figure in the trailer is? Check out our speculation and theories on the latest viewing right here.

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