PlayStation Direct was recently (and inadvertently, it seems) updated with information on The Last of Us Part I, a remake of the original Naughty Dog adventure game “built from the ground up” for PlayStation 5 and releasing on September 2. It’s also coming to PC at a later date. Everything is gone now, but the internet never forgets.
Update 06/09/2022 3:55 p.m. ET: The official trailer is now live.
And here’s what Naughty Dog itself has to say about the remake:
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.
While speaking to Geoff Keighley at Summer Game Fest, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann also said they’ve gone back to make sure the remake’s animations better match the original voice acting.
The original The Last of Us launched on PlayStation 3 all the way back in 2013. Naughty Dog was already an accomplished studio at the time, but the post-apocalyptic story of an unlikely pair of survivors navigating a world ravaged by a zombie-like fungal infection further established them as the jewel in Sony’s crown of cinematic developers.
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The single game soon became a franchise, spawning a side story about main character Ellie’s past, a 2014 remaster on PlayStation 4, a 2020 sequel for the same console, and a live-action HBO drama starring The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal set to premiere sometime next year.
The Last of Us Part I apparently sprung to life at Sony subsidiary Visual Arts Service Group before PlayStation moved the project back to the first-party developers at Naughty Dog over a lack of resources, according to a Bloomberg report from April 2021.
It’s unclear when PlayStation was planning to officially reveal The Last of Us Part I, but smart bets lie with Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest kick-off later today. Stay tuned.