The Last of Us is officially getting a from-the-ground-up remake for PlayStation 5, titled The Last of Us Part I.
The hugely critically and commercially successful game from Naughty Dog originally released on PlayStation 3 in 2013, with a Remastered edition for PS4 releasing a year later. So what’s changing here?
Most noticeably are the graphics, which skew a lot closer to The Last of Us Part II, with Joel especially looking a bit more weathered like he does in the sequel. The gameplay has also been refined to make the controls more modern, include more accessibility options and take elements from Part II.
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The story will play out in the same way the original does, with the voice acting and motion-captured animations seemingly unchanged from the original.
It might seem strange to remake something so recent and with so few changes, but it could be happening as a way to ride the hype of the HBO TV adaptation starring Game of Thrones duo Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, which released a new image during the same Summer Game Fest showcase as the Part I announcement.
The Standard Edition of the game will retail for £69.99 and include the main story and the Left Behind prequel. The Digital Deluxe Edition is £10 more at £79.99 and includes new weapon skins and early unlocks for things like ‘Speedrun mode’, a visual filter and upgrades to your skills and guns.
That means that all of these unlocks will be available for non-Deluxe players too once they reach certain points in the game, and with the game’s focus on slowly building an arsenal through scraps in a post-apocalypse, it has the air of ‘pay to win’.
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There was also a Firefly Edition that came with a steelbook cover and reprints of four comic books with new cover art, but it was a US-only version that has already sold out.
Meanwhile, the planned multiplayer expansion to Part II has evolved into a full, standalone game.
New concept art has been shared (above), while Naughty Dog have promised the game will be “inviting to new players while still a thrilling challenge for more of our seasoned fans” and will have more information released later this year.
The Last of Us Part I will be released on September 2 for PS5, with a PC version following later.
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