UPDATE: The game has now been officially announced with 60fps and brand new AI for the enemies.
The Last of Us released almost a decade ago on the PlayStation 3 console, and it’s left an indelible mark on our studio. Joel and Ellie’s story continues to be powerfully evocative with players worldwide, and we’re humbled these characters continue to leave an impression.
With leaps in technology and hardware that allow us to push the limits of the visual fidelity and interactivity, we’re thrilled to announce this complete remake of The Last of Us, releasing September 2, 2022 for the PlayStation 5 console and in development for PC.
We’ve implemented modernized gameplay, improved controls, and expanded accessibility options in this single-player experience to allow even more individuals to enjoy the game. Effects, exploration, and combat have all been enhanced. Leveraging the PS5’s powerful hardware, we also implemented 3D Audio*, haptics, and adaptive triggers. Both returning fans and new players alike will have the opportunity to experience both The Last of Us Part I and its prequel story Left Behind in a whole new way.
The Digital Deluxe ($79.99 USD MSRP/ $99.99 CAD MSRP/ €89.99 EUR MSRP/ ¥8,900 JPY MSRP) includes an early unlock of the following in-game items:
- Increased Crafting Speed Skill
- Increased Healing Speed Skill
- 9mm Reload Speed Increase Upgrade
- Rifle Clip Capacity Increase Upgrade
- Explosive Arrows Gameplay Modifier
- Dither Punk Filter
- Speedrun Mode
- Six Weapon Skins: Black Gold 9mm Pistol, Silver Filigree 9mm Pistol, Rubber Tactical Shotgun, Sculpted Oak Shotgun, Arctic White Bow, Carbon Black Bow
The Firefly Edition ($99.99 USD MSRP), available in the US via direct.playstation.com only, includes the in-game early unlock bonuses featured in the Digital Deluxe Edition as well as a SteelBook display case and The Last of Us: American Dreams Comics #1 to #4 with new cover art for each comic.
If you pre-order any edition of The Last of Us Part I for PS5, you’ll receive the following in-game items
- Bonus Supplements to upgrade your skillset
- Bonus Weapon Parts to upgrade your arsenal
Original story below…
The long rumoured remake of The Last of Us appears to be real as it was listed on Sony’s own PlayStation Direct site before being quickly removed. The trailer is still up though and if you are quick and click here you can watch it.
The trailer lets us known the game has been rebuilt for PlayStation 5 and the listing stated the game had been given “a total overhaul of the original experience, faithfully reproduced but incorporating modernized gameplay, improved controls and expanded accessibility options. Plus, feel immersed with improved effects and enhanced exploration and combat.”
The trailer also states the game, which is now officially known as The Last of Us Part 1, is coming to PC and the PS5 version will launch on September 2nd, 2022.
If you didn’t manage to catch the trailer, here’s some screens I grabbed from it.
Rumours of the remake have been floating around for almost a year. Last year a report on Bloomberg detailed how one of Sony’s support-oriented studios, the Visual Arts Service Group, decided to go and remake The Last of Us for PlayStation 5, but without any support from Sony themselves. It was all very strange but allegedly ended with Naughty Dog taking back control of the project.
At the end of last year the Visual Arts Service Group started hiring people, specifically asking for developers “with an appetite for high quality, 3rd person, action/adventure games.” Now, industry tipster Tom Henderson has tweeted “Heard from multiple people now that the TLOU remake is nearly finished and could release during the latter half of 2022.”
Naughty Dog are, as far we know, still working on Factions, the multiplayer portion of The Last of Us Part 2 that was cut from the game’s release. That could come to PC as well and having the original title to launch alongside it would be good marketing. At CES 2022 Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann did say “We’re dying to share with you the multiple game projects we have in the works at Naughty Dog.”