Naughty Dog has officially announced The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered, with a release date confirmed for January 19th, 2024.
The official announcement comes just hours after a number of online sleuths spotted the game’s title appearing in Sony’s PlayStation Store database, fuelling rampant speculation.
The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered will not be offered as a free PS5 upgrade. It will be released as its own standalone full price game (complete with a physical special edition) though fans who already own TLOU 2 on PS4 can digitally upgrade for $10.
Headlining this early 2024 re-release is the new No Return game mode. Described as a roguelike survival experience, players will find themselves dropped into a gauntlet of randomised combat encounters, each playable character having their own unique quirks and playstyles. Each run of No Return will inevitably end in a character’s grisly demise, though you’ll be able to unlock progression rewards that influence subsequent playthroughs.
From what we can tell, this will be a purely solo experience and while it may not be the Faction 2.0 style online multiplayer fans continue to clamour for, No Return appears to be a very smart repackaging of TLOU 2’s best gameplay elements.
There’s another game mode in there too, allowing survivors to conduct their own post-apocalyptic jam sessions in Guitar Free Play. Other intriguing add-ons include full developer commentary and even the inclusion of “lost levels” originally cut from the core game.
What else can fans expect when The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered launches? Naturally, the game benefits from a number of key benefits now it’s up and running natively on PlayStation 5. According to Naughty Dog, this beefed up version of the acclaimed survival horror sequel offers “native 4K output1 in Fidelity Mode, 1440p upscaled to 4K1 in Performance Mode, an Unlocked Framerate option for TVs that support VRR, increased texture resolution, increased Level-of-Detail distances, improved shadow quality, animation sampling rate, and more.”
Of course, there are faster loading times too. The PS5’s DualSense controller will also help dial up the immersion thanks to its clever haptic feedback and adaptive trigger functions, with an even broader range of accessibility options for those who need them.
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Source: Naughty Dog