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The Last of Us Part II will be playable for the public at PAX East

The Last of Us Part II goes public with a showing at PAX East and PS4 dynamic theme.

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The Last of Us Part II goes public with a showing at PAX East and PS4 dynamic theme.

It’s been seven years since Naughty Dog released The Last of Us to widespread critical acclaim. With just a few months left before the May 29 release of its long-awaited sequel, Naughty Dog is heading back to Boston, a city that holds significance for the series.

“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,” wrote Naughty Dog’s community strategist, Arne Meyer.

“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.

The demo will give the public a look at an early hour of gameplay, titled “Patrol.” In it, Ellie and Dina will head out into the areas surrounding their camp and clear out the Infected. From Meyer’s description, it sounds like this will overlap with the section that press went hands-on with last fall.

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Meyer recommends that PAX East attendees use Experience PlayStation mobile app to sign up for an appointment ahead of time. New slots will become available each day. The convention runs from February 27 through March 1.

If you won’t be able to make it out to PAX East, Sony is giving away a free dynamic PS4 theme.

Here are the region-specific codes for that:

  • Americas: 4FMP-BBNM-J5L3
  • Europe/AU/NZ/Russia/Middle East/Africa/India: 9DEK-PKNG-N445

Japan and Asia: Please check out each country’s official PlayStation social channel for more details.

I nabbed the theme and it’s pretty cool. Right now, it shows Ellie leaning against a tree, strumming a guitar as sunlight streams down. But, when the PS4’s internal clock changes to night, Ellie pulls out her massive knife to eviscerate some baddies.

Sony is also working with Dark Horse to produce a new 8” statue of Ellie with her machete. They’re also releasing an 8” version of the “Ellie with Bow” statuette they began selling in 2019. Concept art posters are also on the way thanks to a collaboration with Cook and Becker. They’re pretty and pretty expensive.

Andrew King is a journalist, critic, poet, stand-up comedian and museum caretaker living in Illinois.