Despite being one of many extra controversial components of The Last of Us 2‘s narrative, Abby is likely one of the most talked about characters that Naughty Dog has launched in fairly a while. Her position within the recreation’s narrative was stunning, and whereas it did not resonate with some, Abby’s influence on the sequel and the way forward for any upcoming Last of Us video games can’t be overstated. By the time the credit roll and gamers get to see Abby and Lev’s boat resting gently on the seashores of Catalina Island, gamers are left with one huge query concerning the ex-WLF soldier: do Abby and Lev make it to the Fireflies?
Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann stated final 12 months that there aren’t any plans for any kind of story DLC for The Last of Us 2. However, as these types of issues are normally meant to be created in secret till their reveal, it is nonetheless doable that DLC is on the way in which. If it’s, it could take advantage of sense for it to concentrate on Abby and Lev’s journey following the emotional and brutal finale to The Last of Us 2. The potential DLC ought to tie up Abby and Lev’s quest to seek out the fireflies with the intention to present just a little bit extra closure and set issues up for the potential Last of Us 3.
Before the pair get kidnapped by the Rattlers within the last Abby part in The Last of Us 2, Abby and Lev uncover that the Fireflies nonetheless exist and are residing off the coast of California on Catalina Island. As talked about above, as soon as the participant completes the sport’s story, the title display screen background modifications from the boats ominously bobbing within the water off the shores of Santa Barbara to Abby and Lev’s boat sitting on the seaside of Catalina Island, implying that the 2 made it to their vacation spot. Players are then left to ponder if the Fireflies have been truly discovered.
The cause that this query is the one to be answered within the DLC is that it is one of many main hanging plot threads that The Last of Us 2 leaves as much as the participant’s interpretation. If DLC for the sport have been to launch and have Abby and Lev with out confirming or denying if that they had a gathering with the Fireflies, it could really feel like one thing of a waste of time. There’s far an excessive amount of at stake to not reply the query or assist set the stage for the potential third recreation within the collection.
Earlier this 12 months, Neil Druckmann stated that he and Last of Us 2 co-writer Halley Gross had written an overview for The Last of Us 3, however wished to emphasize that the sport is not in growth and that the script was simply an overview and nothing extra. If Naughty Dog is to go ahead with a 3rd recreation within the collection, it, like The Last of Us 2, would hopefully get straight to the purpose and never must straight reply lots of questions lingering from earlier titles. It’s for that reason that definitively saying earlier than The Last of Us 3 if Abby and Lev met up with the Fireflies could be useful for the sport and its pacing.
While that plot thread might undoubtedly get resolved for Abby and Lev, the DLC might do greater than merely verify or deny their meant meetup. In addition to offering solutions, The Last of Us 2 DLC might arrange a few of what’s to return within the third entry. Although they have been absent for a majority of The Last of Us 2‘s plot, the Fireflies have been changed into an enormous query mark following the grotesque finish of the first recreation within the collection. If they’re to return again in a significant manner for a 3rd recreation, then hopefully Naughty Dog will set that up earlier than the sport truly comes out through the hypothetical Abby and Lev DLC. If the 2 teams do meet up, questions on if Abby will inform them about Ellie and Jackson start to come up, and the extra story may give some perception as to what the faction’s subsequent transfer can be.
If the story parts to The Last of Us 2‘s DLC have been lengthy sufficient, it would serve Naughty Dog to deal with it like the latest launch of Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade: a further launch that provides sufficient new content material to justify the worth tag, whereas additionally bringing The Last of Us 2 to the PS5. There’s already been a PS5 improve for the sport, however there are no bodily copies being bought as a PS5 title. As such, together with the DLC as a bundle with an improve may make sense as it has been performed for different Sony printed titles like FF7, Ghost of Tsushima, and Death Stranding.
If it really needed to justify its price ticket and a possible bodily rerelease of the bottom recreation, the DLC would not simply must concentrate on Abby. There have been circumstances for The Last of Us 2 DLC revolving round characters like Tommy, Ellie, and even Dina, with the proposed expansions being just like the primary recreation’s Left Behind DLC. In the identical manner that The Last of Us 2 switched views all through its narrative, its DLC might do one thing comparable, offering smaller items of the bigger narrative puzzle and giving closure on another unresolved plot threads.
There’s additionally a chance that the teased and rumored sequel to The Last of Us: Factions might present solutions concerning Abby and Lev. If it have been to incorporate the Fireflies as one of many titular playable factions, they might develop the sport’s plot with out having to straight embrace conventional narrative parts like cutscenes. In the identical manner that multiplayer-only video games give tidbits of lore right here and there, like Apex Legends or Overwatch, Factions might do the same factor concerning Abby’s standing on Catalina Island.
The Last of Us Part 2 is obtainable now on PS4.