The Last of Us Part 2 was recently revealed with a stunning trailer. The visual fidelity in the trailer is insane compared to what Naughty Dog has previously shown in their games like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End or Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Recently Sony has shared screenshots of the trailer footage that appear to be captured on the PS4 Pro as seen with a disclaimer on the screenshots. You can view these screens below.
The facial animation in the trailer along with the lighting made it feel like it was all pre-rendered, however this doesn’t appear to be the case here. Sony has a tendency to clearly label screenshots from the system they were taken from, and it was also the case at E3 2017 when the disclaimer for screenshots from Days Gone listed as them being captured from a PS4 Pro system.
In an interview with the official PlayStation channel, Neil Druckmann stated that the game is now in full production and it will utilize the next evolution of their own in-house Naughty Dog engine. Some of the improvements that he mentioned included lighting, character pipeline, muscle deformation, rain effects and facial animations. Most of these are easily noticeable in the trailer.
Naughty Dog are always the pioneer when it comes to cutting edge tech and visuals for first party games so it is not surprising to see them at the top of their game for The Last of Us Part 2. Unfortunately while the game was revealed again after 1 whole year gap, there was still no release year or date given for it which means we are potentially looking at a long wait for the sequel.