PSX2016 Trailer Breakdown
After viewing and analyzing the trailer that was shown at this years PlayStation Experience, I have come up with a theory on which the game will be following. Also Ellie’s song reveals some subtle little things in the game that match my theories.
When the trailer starts out it pans through the woods and we see a tree with a deep “claw” like mark on it. Those marks seem to represent something strong has been through the forest. For the marks to be that deep a fight had to ensure. In the first game we had a very calming and terrific scene of Giraffes that roamed the streets. This could be something a little more aggressive, like more terrifying, like possible a bear. What the extent of these marks means is really anybody’s guess.
As the camera pans out we see what will be the most predominant image in this trailer, the Firefly symbol spray painted on a stop sign. In the first game this symbolized a camp or the main headquarters for the Firefly clan. With no traces of large buildings in the background, this little rural neighborhood seems to be a Firefly outpost, or camp.
The trailer later shows a hand shaking uncontrollably. In the back ground we see a person wearing a blue shirt. A few seconds later this person makes a fist in what seems to be the way they use to “calm their nerves”. After that the hand calms down. This seems to represent that something just major happened a few seconds ago that still has this person on edge. A couple of seconds later this person starts to play on a guitar and sing a simple deep thoughtful song. Maybe this is the way this person deals with pressure from is put on them. As the camera shifts angels we found out that this person is actually an older Ellie who is in her later years as a teenager.
“I walk, through the valley, of the shadow of death, and I feel, no evil, cause I am blind to it all. And my mind, my gun, they comfort me. Because I know…I’ll kill my enemies, when they come.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me, all the days of my life. And I will dwell, on this earth forever more. Said I walk besides the still waters and they, restore my soul, but I can’t walk on the path of the right, because I am wrong.
No I can’t walk, on the path of the right, because…I’m wrong.”
The opening of the song that Ellie is singing seems to point back to the first game. The first course seems to represent how Ellie felt through the entire game. How she had it in her mind that the Fireflies would help her and try to find a reason why she was immune to the “Clicker Disease” other people got when they were bitten.
The second line seems to reference the point in the game where Ellie was laying on the operating room as the surgeons where getting ready to use her for testing which would have eventually killed her. Before this the Fireflies where on a search to find Ellie. It seems that Ellie actually found out the truth that there was no cure to the disease. The enemies she is referring to are the Fireflies themselves when they come to find her once again.
The second verse has a much darker feel to it. This seems to represent how Ellie is trying to ask for forgiveness of the killings that she is doing. The still waters I think represents a calming factor and to help clear her mind and forget what was happening and what she is doing. When she mentions that she can’t walk on the right because she is wrong seems to represent the fact that she knows what she is doing is indeed wrong but she also believes that it is the right thing to do, to stop the Fireflies from hurting anyone else.
As Ellie is playing this song the trailer switches to a person walking into the house in which Ellie is singing. There are a couple of things that are very interesting about this scene. First one is really obvious as the person walking in is indeed Joel. We get a side view of him which confirms this and we also hear his voice. The other interesting this about this scene is it shows three bodies on the floor. This may not seem all that important but indeed it really is. If you look at the bodies you will see they are not the Clickers from the first game, they are actually real people. This believes to tell me that these people where actually members of the Firefly group. Ellie was the one that killed them since she had a fresh cut on her head with some blood running down her face along with some fresh scratches on her face. Plus her hand shaking from one of the previous scenes points to a fight that killed these three Firefly members.
As Joel enters the room when Ellie is finishing up her song, he says one line that I believe sets the tone for the game.
“What are you doing, kiddo? You really gonna go through with this?”
Ellie’s response seems to confirm this:
“I’m going to find, and I’m going to kill, every…last…one of them.”
This seems to confirm that Ellie is on the path of tracking down the remaining Fireflies and kill them off. My reason for this points back to the first game and the lies that was feed to her about how the Fireflies would help her and in the end they almost killed her while using her as a test subject.
These are just my thoughts about the trailer and how the game is going to play out. As Sony mentioned during the conference, this is in very early development right now. The story has a good chance of changing and the theme could be way different by the time it releases. I don’t expect to see this game until at least sometime late in 2018 if not by the second quarter of 2019. Either way, it will be a day one purchase for me.