The Last of Us Remake has gone gold ahead of release date

The Last of Us Remake

The Last of Us Remake has officially gone gold as we close in on the game’s September 2nd PS5 release date. A PC version will follow shortly after, TLOU being the latest PlayStation franchise to drop its console-exclusive status.

Studios announcing that their game has “gone gold” is commonplace nowadays, simply highlighting that a title is in a finished state and copies are ready to be made. What’s particularly newsworthy here is that The Last of Us Remake didn’t necessitate brutal crunch, according to one developer at least.

“This is the first time in my 13 year career, across multiple studios that I didn’t need to crunch to finish a game,” said Anthony Vaccaro, Principal Environment Artist at Naughty Dog. “Feels good, really good. Especially hitting the same quality bar as TLOU2. More work to keep doing but proud of the big changes so far to make the studio healthier.”

We’re a couple months away from the game’s launch yet we’ve seen no gameplay footage of The Last of Us Part I. Naughty Dog has said we’ll be getting a much deeper look at the game very soon, the developers having enhanced the original with gameplay systems from Part II.

The Last of Us Remake

Since those first rumours of a TLOU remake, many have questioned why Naughty Dog would revisit the original game. It’s not even a decade old and when it first launched, it truly pushed the PlayStation 3 to its limits before being remastered on PS4 just a year later. Having recently replayed this version, it holds up remarkably well (especially the multiplayer) and the story is no less impactful or gut-punching. So why go back and mess with such an all-time great?

Being such a commercial and critical success, this series has become a flagship for the PlayStation brand. Not only is there an incredible-looking HBO television series in the works, Sony and Naughty Dog are building their biggest multiplayer game to date, expanding the TLOU universe even further. With The Last of Us Part I, they’re providing an ideal entry point to the series for those who’ve yet to experience this prestige, post-apocalyptic adventure.

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