The game director for the upcoming Last of Us Part 2, Neil Druckman sheds some light on the fungal Shambler new enemy type ahead of the game’s official launch.
Since showcasing the brilliant new trailer for The Last of Us Part 2 at last month’s Sony State of Play conference, fans of the game have been wanting to know more about the game’s enemies.
The trailer caught special attention because it not only elaborated more of the story and setting, but it was the first time any non-human enemies were seen.
Specifically, the terrifying brand new “Shambler” type was seen in the trailer and seemed a little different than the usual infected.
The Shambler appears to have been poached from Magic: The Gathering tabletop RPG where the creature is described as a Fungus Beast, fitting right into the world of The Last of Us.
This new enemy type seems to b included in order to facilitate a new combat strategy mechanic into the game, dealing an area of effect type of damage to the character.
The game’s director, Neil Druckman explains:
“We have Runners that close the distance quickly. We have Clickers that move slowly but are one-hit kills.
Shamblers provide this area of attack, where they have this cloud of gaseous acid that burns materials around it. It burns your skin.
The way you saw it in this demo is that they’re mostly on their own.
It gets really interesting because you have a cloud that hurts you when you enter it, but it also blocks your view. Then Runners burst through it.
So the combinations get really interesting.”Neil Druckman – Game Director – The Last of Us Part 2
Given that combat in The Last of Us is already pretty difficult when there are multiple enemy types, the inclusion of the Shambler should make for some intense combat.
One could, for example, draw out a Shambler to a group of human enemies that are a threat or blocking a certain objective.
The area of effect damage will also undoubtedly force you to really think about your next steps and its quite possible a Shambler could be used to advantage.
This would save time, ammo and precious resources as then you would only need to concentrate on dispatching the Shambler itself.
However Mr. Druckman did state that they’re mostly alone when you see them in the game, but hopefully, there will be some rare instances where they can be of use.
Even more hopefully there won’t be too many cases where they accompanied by clickers and runners.
That would require tactics and skills usually only capable by Hollywood characters like John Rambo.
Given how unforgiving The Last of Us can be, situations like that are ones to both look forward to and hope you never see in equal measure.
The Last of Us Part 2 is a highly anticipated sequel to the best selling, highest scored and most awarded PlayStation exclusive title to date.
The game portrays an apocalypse event where humans are transformed into deranged creatures by a fungal-like virus that is contracted via spores in the atmosphere.
The main protagonist in the first story is a character named Joel who must escort a young girl named Ellie from the East coast of the United States to the West coast.
The gameplay itself is comprised mostly of stealth and action, with an emphasis on realistic combat in that Joel can be killed in one hit for example.
The sequel picks up several years later and from what has been shown, this time around we get to play as Ellie, who is now older and wiser and has her own story to tell.
Not much is known about the story at this point except that Ellie is the target of a sinister cult-like group, which isn’t surprising given her status in the saga.
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If like me, you didn’t get around to playing The Last of Us when it was released, you can currently get The Last of Us Remastered free download from PlayStation Store provided you are an active PS Plus subscriber.
The Last of Us Part 2 is scheduled for release on 21st February and is a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
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