Motion capture for Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II had finally come to an end.
The Last of Us Part II might be the most anticipated PlayStation 4-exclusive title that is currently in development, but there still has yet to be a release date given for the game. There have been rumors that The Last of Us Part II is due to be released near the end of 2019, but there has yet to be any concrete information given by either Naughty Dog or Sony.
It seems that The Last of Us Part II is not quite finished yet, though, as the official Naughty Dog Twitter account posted an update on April 18 that said that filming for the motion capture for The Last of Us Part II had finally concluded.
All of the cutscenes in the original The Last of Us and its sequel were acted out by real actors and recorded using motion capture technology, in order to make the movement of the character models seem as authentic as possible. The voices of Ellie and Joel in The Last of Us were provided by Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who also both provided the motion capture for the characters. Baker and Johnson are reprising their roles in The Last of Us Part II and are shown wearing the motion capture gear in a photo uploaded by Neil Druckmann, which was shared by the Naughty Dog Twitter account.
... and we've wrapped all of the planned cinematic shoots today for The Last of Us Part II!— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) April 19, 2019
We still have work ahead of us, including putting these cinematics in the game, but this is a nice little milestone.
Congrats to all on stage today, and to the entire cast and crew!! https://t.co/HZAYIUnMkc
Neil Druckmann's Twitter post promised that the shoot for The Last of Us Part II was the most ambitious one they had ever done, which means that fans should expect big things from the game.
The fact that the motion capture sequences for The Last of Us Part II have only just concluded will likely disappoint a lot of fans, as it suggests that the game won't be ready for a 2019 release. It's possible that The Last of Us Part II might be Sony's big 2019 holiday season game, but everyone at Naughty Dog will have a lot of work ahead of them if they intend to have the game ready on time.