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The Last of Us: Part 2 is rated M for this surprising reason

It's no surprise that The Last of Us isn't for the faint of heart. The game tells the bleak story of an apocalypse filled with deadly, parasitic fungi that turn people into monsters. There's a whole lot of gore, violence, and the usual traumatic experiences associated with a dystopian world, but The Last of Us: Part 2 will be adding in even more mature elements than its predecessor. This time, there's going to be nudity.

This news comes from the Entertainment Software Rating Board, which recently gave the game an official ESRB rating so that no unsuspecting parents unknowingly expose their preteens to sex and violence.

The first game didn't have room for sexual themes. It was a father-daughter cross country roadtrip dogged by zombies and bad guys. There was the rather disturbing allusions that the cannibal David made toward Ellie, but thankfully nothing ever came of that. So why is the ESRB warning us of sexual content in the sequel?

The Last of Us: Part 2 is all adults

The reason why Naughty Dog likely included naughty bits in this sequel title is because all the principal characters are adults. Ellie is 19 now, no longer a little girl trying to reckon with her place in the post-apocalyptic world. She's got a home, a job, and even a girlfriend. At least at the beginning.

If you'd paid any attention to the trailers, then you know that The Last of Us: Part 2 is a story of bloody vengeance. PlayStation describes the game as a "complex and emotional journey" that will premiere the relationship between Ellie and Dina, a charming girl that all the guys have eyes for. Dina, however, is only interested in Ellie. We're led to believe something happens to Dina, and Ellie turns to violence as a result. But what fate does Dina meet, exactly? And is Ellie's tour of brutality all about Dina, or is there more to it?

We'll have to wait a few more months to find out. The Last of Us: Part 2, with all its blood, gore, intense violence, nudity, sexual content, strong language, and drug use will be released on May 29, 2020.