Titled “Red Band,” this gorgeous little TV spot does quite a bit to remind you why Naughty Dog is considered one of Sony‘s top development studios. Featuring sweeping landscape shots, Joel and Ellie on horseback and some quick combat moments, this two minute clip is all the proof you need that, if you’re a PlayStation 3 owner who isn’t excited about this title yet, you should be.
Showcasing just how brutal life under a stringent martial law by the United States military would be, “Red Band” offers a glimpse into the tension that exists in the relationship between Joel and Ellie, their interactions with other non-infected, and the kind of questionable behaviour they have to undertake in order to survive. There are some particularly beautiful moments to be found here – the opening scene with Ellie and another young man is rather haunting, and both moments featuring her and Joel on horseback are stunning – contrasted against the gruesome combat, and one particularly wince-worthy beheading. It all fits together to craft an ominous portrait of the setting we’ll soon be exploring.
I had resigned myself to the wait, but now I absolutely cannot wait for June 14th. Has anyone perfected a time machine yet? Check out the trailer below, and then get on that.