The Last of Us Part II writer-director Neil Druckmann has cleaned up the obvious plot hole for the band Pearl Jam. But first a little background. Guitars are used as a symbolic tool to show the ties between Joel and Ellie, with several songs appearing on average. Guitars even appear as playable objects, and it is possible for experienced musicians to recreate songs on Ellie’s guitar in the game.
But one thing has remained unclear – how can Joel perform a song in the game that would never have been released in his world because of the outbreak? The director of the game has an explanation. Whether you buy that statement or not depends on whether you think Joel watched concert videos in his spare time.
In an early cinematic performance, Joel performs a cover of Pearl Jam̵
According to director Neil Druckmann, it’s easy – the song was played live at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois on July 19, and Joel saw a video of it on YouTube.
This is meaningful, but it’s a shame that Joel’s canonical backstory about this song doesn’t mean he has to go to the concert himself. Getting the song in the game was actually a bit difficult and Druckmann almost flew to Seattle to meet Eddie Vedder.
Joel’s performance of this song can actually be traced back to a Last of Us performance by voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, which included an epilogue to the game where Joel began teaching Ellie to play guitar. This scene finally entered the sequel.
Unlike the original game, The Last of Us Part II will not have DLC history, though a standalone mode for multiple players will.
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