Some slight spoilers which might or might not be true…
CW: homophobia, transphobia
The Last of Us Part 2 is the long awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed beautifully crafted and stunningly emotional, post-apocalyptic horror zombie survival game, The Last of Us (2013).
The Last of Us Part 2 is currently under attack by a barrage of homophobic and transphobic hate. I have done the hard work so you don’t have to and watched and read some of the hateful and disgusting rhetoric they are spewing to their followers. I highly recommend that you do not watch these videos or read what these people are saying – it all made me rage!
Some of these people are very nonchalant about their hatred and bigotry and some are trying to be a bit more sneaky and blame their dislike of the upcoming game on ‘unrealistic, pandering storylines which only serve the queer agenda’. As though queer people don’t exist and how could a major video game have lead characters who are queer – so unrealistic! I am so tired of this rubbish…
So how has this all kicked off? Some unverified leaks have come from the upcoming game which at first people believed came from a disgruntled Naughty Dog employee. The leak was later confirmed to be from a hacker.
Without giving too many spoilers away, the main things to know about this whole farce is that within these leaks, it has been suggested (remember this is unverified) that players will play a fairly big part of the game as a trans woman. Now lets back up a little bit here – some ‘fans’ have already been upset with this upcoming game because early on it was confirmed that the game will focus on Ellie (from the first game) as its protagonist. In this game, Ellie will be a very openly queer character. So basically, these sad little gatekeepers are very upset because they can’t imagine giving even the slightest bit of space for anyone else in their fandom. They don’t know how to deal with things which don’t speak directly to them or do not serve them in some way – such as the male gaze of hyper sexualised female characters which has become somewhat of a staple in video games over the many years.
If the leaks and rumours are to be believed, I for one am ecstatic and can not wait to play this game! It almost brings me to tears thinking that I will finally be able to play a major triple-A game where it is meant for me to play as people from my community. This is a huge moment. Even Hollywood hasn’t quite got there with queer led films – especially queer women. To think a video game is paving the way like this is just incredible and almost unbelievable.
Here’s me hoping that they do it justice and that the rumours/leaks are all true.
The Last of Us Part 2 is a Playstation (Sony) exclusive and is currently available to pre-order and will be released on June 19th 2020.