The Last of Us Part II continues on a notable rise in popularity despite some detractors, and the last to get on that tram is singer Mark Hoppus, lead singer of punk rock band Blink-182. The musician recorded a video on his official Twitch account, where he himself plays the song Dammit, of his own, within the game, through the minigame in which the protagonist Ellie plays a guitar and the strings correspond to commands executed by the controller PlayStation 4.
The song is part of the band's Dude Ranch album, originally released in 1997. An interesting curiosity is that Dammit was the song that brought Blink-182 to Brazil, as its official clip was the first of the group to be shown here.
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Relationship with music
A Naughty Dog production, The Last of Us Part II brings a strong involvement with the musical universe. In addition to several videos of people – some, artists from the gaming industry – playing their favorite songs in the minigame, Pearl Jam's Future Days is repeated over the course of the adventure.
The game's director and screenwriter, Neil Druckmann, explained in an interview with GQ that this has a purpose: to add a greater layer of drama to the title, which is based on this specific song to create a kind of “theme song” for Joel and Ellie , the main characters of the plot.
According to Druckmann, the idea was almost dismissed, given that Sony doubted that Naughty Dog would be able to secure the song's licensing rights. In the interview, Druckmann told the whole process that led him to the feat, including admitting that the band and their managers saw trailers and plot of the game even before Sony itself.
The Last of Us Part II quickly became the main launch of the PlayStation 4 in 2020, reaching the mark of 4 million copies sold in just three days of its arrival on the market. The brand has made it the most popular and fastest marketed release of the Sony console, beating the previous record, which belonged to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – ironically, also a game by Naughty Dog.