A few days ago, we brought the news: there will be a remaster for PS5 of The Last of Us: Part 2. The best game of 2020 was receiving a version adapted to the new generation three years later… even though no one believed it was necessary.
And following the announcement of The Last of Us Part II Remastered, Entertainment Weekly reached out to Neil Druckmann, creative director and co-president of Naughty Dog, to comment on the fans’ reactions to the game’s announcement.
As expected, Neil Druckmann has chosen not to spend even a second of his time on negative comments about the remaster, something common in these cases. That’s what communication heads are for – handling damage control.
A remaster that could be very necessary
“The release of The Last of Us Part II was a deeply emotional experience for everyone working at the studio, and we’re incredibly proud to have been able to tell the story we wanted. Ultimately, it’s up to the fans to decide what stands the test of time, but in the years since its release, we’ve been continually amazed by the outpouring of love, support, and praise for a game that means so much to Naughty Dog,” Neil explained.
Druckmann also spoke about some of the novelties included in the remaster. He described the roguelike mode, ‘No Return,’ as the standout feature of the new version of The Last of Us: Part 2 before discussing the trimmed levels and director’s commentary.
“Think of them as levels left on the cutting room floor. These sequences, like a long party scene in Jackson that provides more insight into Ellie’s life in the city, aren’t meant for you to play an early, contextless version in development. Each of them contains interactive elements that offer insights from our team about the level’s intention, what was happening in the sequence, and ultimately, why it was cut,” the director justified.
Release date and price of the new version
The Last of Us: Part II Remastered will be released on January 19, 2024, for PlayStation 5, featuring enhanced texture resolution, increased level of detail at distances, improved shadow quality, animation sampling frequency, full DualSense compatibility for haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. Oh, and it will cost 10 euros to upgrade the game for PS5.
January 2024 is also when HBO plans to start filming the second season of the acclaimed television series. The story of The Last of Us Part II will be adapted over several seasons due to its complexity.