There’s a lot of death in The Last of Us Part 2. Soon, all that death is getting a bit more permanent.
Naughty Dog will add two new modes to its post-apocalyptic sequel in the coming days: permadeath and Grounded (thanks, VG247). Both have been spotted via two newly-uncovered Trophies, although are not live in the game yet at the time of writing.
Grounded was the tough-as-nails mode in the original The Last of Us which switched off the game’s HUD and Listen Mode, while limiting supplies and boosting enemy damage. Presumably it will operate in the same way here.
Permadeath, meanwhile, appears to be a setting you can toggle on and apply to any difficulty. Good luck to anyone who wants to combine both Grounded and permadeath together.
If you’ve completed the game already, our Aoife sat down for a spoiler-heavy interview with The Last of Us Part 2 director Neil Druckmann to talk about the game’s ending (and more death).