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The Last of Us’ Neil Druckmann and Troy Baker Poke Fun at Joel’s Death

The Last of Us series’ Creative Director Neil Druckmann and actor Troy Baker have poked fun at lead character Joel’s death, posting a tweet of Baker standing beneath a ‘Five Iron Golf’ sign that promptly went viral.

Naughty Dog controversially killed off Joel in The Last of Us Part 2, with the character meeting a grisly end after being the protagonist of the original game. In the sequel, Joel is killed by a vengeful Abby, who takes down the character with a golf club after learning he was the individual who killed her father.

In a tweet posted ahead of The Last of Us Part 1’s launch day, Neil Druckmann shared an image of Joel actor Troy Baker standing beneath a sign for Five Iron Golf, an ‘indoor urban golf experience.’ It’s not difficult to work out what they’re getting at here…

The Last of Us Part 1 launches today, with PlayStation LifeStyle calling it a “masterpiece” though criticizing its high price point in our review. A direct rebuild of the original game, the game takes advantage of the PS5’s technical capabilities to enhance 2013’s The Last of Us, though sticks to the same story. As such, players can expect to see Joel alive and well, ahead of his eventual demise in the sequel.

In other news, former Naughty Dog Director Bruce Straley provided a cryptic response to a tweet suggesting Druckmann had changed The Last of Us Part 1’s credits to feature himself more. Also, a reveal of a new Silent Hill game may be coming later this month.