The Last of Us remake is officially happening. Following a leak earlier in the day, Summer Game Fest Live brought confirmation that The Last of Us Part 1 will be remade for both PS5 and PC. The reveal came after an early listing of the game was spotted on PlayStation Store, complete with an accompanying trailer. As the rumor suggested, the game is set to release on September 2nd for PS5 (and PC later).
The game was “designed from the ground up for PlayStation 5” and will feature updated and improved AI and 60fps support, among other improvements. It was also revealed that The Last of Us is also coming to PC in addition to a PlayStation 5 release, although the release date wasn’t included in the trailer. However, the developers said it will be coming to PC “shortly” after the PS5 release. The Left Behind DLC is included in The Last of Us Remake, but not in multiplayer–Naughty Dog is working on a standalone Last of Us multiplayer game, it confirmed.
“We’ve implemented modernized gameplay, improved controls, and expanded accessibility options into this single-player experience so even more people can enjoy the game,” Naughty Dog said in a blog post. “Effects, exploration, and combat have all been improved. Leveraging the PS5’s powerful hardware, we’ve also implemented 3D audio, haptics, and adaptive triggers. Both returning fans and new players will have the opportunity to experience both The Last of Us Part I and its prequel Left Behind in a whole new way.”
This continues PlayStation’s ongoing trend of bringing some of its biggest exclusive titles to PC, allowing a wider audience to experience its narrative-driven titles.
There are several editions of the game on the way, including the Standard Edition ($70), the Digital Deluxe ($80), and the Firefly Edition ($100). The Digital Deluxe Edition comes with an “Early Unlock” of these items:
- Increased crafting speed
- Increased healing speed
- 9mm upgrade to increase reload speed
- Upgrade to increase rifle clip capacity
- Explosive Arrows gameplay modifier
- Dither punk filter
- Speedrun mode
- Six weapon skins: Black Gold 9mm Pistol, Silver Filigree 9mm Pistol, Tactical Rubber Shotgun, Molded Oaken Shotgun, Arctic White Bow, Carbon Black Bow
The Firefly Edition, which will only be available in the US via direct.playstation.com, includes these early unlocks, a steel book case and Last of Us: American Dreams Comics 1-4 with new graphics.
In addition, pre-orders for each version of The Last of Us Remake for PS5 are included with these items:
- Bonus supplements to improve your skills
- Bonus weapon parts to upgrade your arsenal
Set in post-apocalyptic America, The Last of Us follows a man named Joel and his hot-tempered, daughter-like companion Ellie as they traverse the country in search of a cure for the fungal outbreak that is ravaging the world. The game received critical acclaim upon its release in 2013. GameSpot’s The Last of Us review called it “a unique adventure that faces mankind’s demise and doesn’t blink.”
Sony released a Last of Us Remastered version of the game in 2014. Naughty Dog’s other upcoming projects include the aforementioned Last of Us multiplayer game and something new from director Neil Druckmann.
For more on Summer Game Fest Live, check out GameSpot’s round-up of all the big news.
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