With The Last of Us Part II releasing on May 29 for the PlayStation 4, Naughty Dog has entered the final stretch of production and are putting the finishing touches on the anticipated game. To celebrate, Naughty Dog Director of Communications Arne Meyer says that The Last of Us Part II Ellie Edition is back in stock, there will be a PAX East hands-on demo, and more.
The Last of Us Part II Ellie Edition Returns
Since selling out last September, Naughty Dog has been working closely with the teams at PlayStation to make more copies of The Last of Us Part II Ellie Edition. The Ellie Edition will be back and available for pre-order in limited quantities (available at select retailers across US and Canada only) starting Thursday, February 13, at 6:00am PST at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, and in Canada exclusively at EB Games for $229.99 USD / $299.99 CAD MSRP.
The Ellie Edition is packed with all of the collectibles and content found in the The Last of Us Part II Collector’s Edition, but it is the only version that comes with a full-scale, fully-functional replica of Ellie’s backpack, an embroidered patch, and a 7″ vinyl single featuring music from the game.
The Last of Us Part II Hands-on Demo at PAX East
Meyer says: “Not only did Ellie and Joel’s journey begin in Boston, but PAX East also has special meaning for us: it was where we gave you the first ever opportunity to go hands on with The Last of Us back in 2013. We thought it would only be fitting to return to the city that started it all to give fans the first-ever public hands-on with The Last of Us Part II.”
From February 27 until March 1, attendees will have an opportunity to play “Patrol,” featuring an early area of the game where Ellie and Dina must venture out of Jackson into the surrounding areas to clear out infected. The demo will span an hour of gameplay and provide just a small glimpse into what awaits you in the full game.
Attendees can visit the booth to play the demo, but space is limited. Naughty Dog recommends securing your spot via the Experience PlayStation mobile app available on Apple Store and Google Play. New appointments will be made available each day of the show.
New Collectible Ellie Statue and Concept Art Prints
Following up the 12″ limited-edition Ellie statue revealed on Outbreak Day 2019, Naughty Dog has teamed up with Dark Horse to release a brand new 8″ “Ellie with Machete” polyresin statuette. Designed and sculpted by Naughty’s character artists, this new statuette will be a limited production run based on the number of pre-orders received via Dark Horse Direct before March 13, 2020. You can begin pre-ordering today.
Additionally, Dark Horse will be releasing an 8″ PVC version of the “Ellie with Bow” statue revealed last year, which will be available at participating retailers this summer.
Cook and Becker have launched a set of new concept art prints from The Last of Us Part II. These new pieces join the collection of designs released last year and can be purchased as museum-grade-quality giclee art prints, individually numbered and packaged with a certificate of authenticity.
In The Last of Us Part II, Ellie is now 19 and has found a semblance of peace and normality living in Jackson. She’s had a chance to be a teenager and forge lasting relationships. When that peace is disrupted by a violent act, Ellie is thrust into a brutal journey of retribution, fueled by a need to bring those that have wronged her to justice, pushing her to her very limits.