I can't wait to play this. Either Druckman has gone completely bat shit crazy and actually forces people to play half the game as the most hated character in video game history. Or... all the leaks are completely taken out of context and it will be another master piece. If it's the first, I'll still want to see how bad the story is, but I have enough faith in ND to think its the later.
People are all going bunkers about Abby killing Ellie as the final boss and are convinced that's the whole plot. However, didn't we already see that Abby spares her and her pregnant gf after the boss fight? Doesn't look like the end of the game to me and I'm sure there's more to the story than just some angry she-hulk killing of all our beloved characters. My bet is that the game will raise a lot of questions as to who the good guys and the villains are but that it will end on a emotional, positive note. A bit like Westworld season 3.
Pretty sure Ellie doesn’t die, and the core speculation is that the game ends on a note where “revenge never ending cycle”, “nobody is good or bad”, and “revenge doesn’t bring closure you wanted”. All profound themes, however it is dampened by playing as the “she hulk” beating Ellie within an inch of her life, coupled with Joel earlier. For your sake I hope that isn’t the ending and there is more after that.
My bias aside I know the gameplay will be near flawless and story in between the major scenes will be very well done. Probably a feminist comment thrown in occasionally but I don’t see it being a common occurrence. It’ll end up being like Star Wars Last Jedi: Critical acclaim but vocal angry core fans. Will sell millions, though I doubt it will sell more then the first.