It looks like Naughty Dog isn’t done with The Last of Us. After what seemed like years of rumored development, PlayStation Direct inadvertently confirmed that Naughty Dog was indeed releasing a remake of their original masterpiece for the PlayStation 5 and PC. The revelation was uploaded today before being quickly taken down, indicating the company was not yet ready for the information to be known. According to the now-deleted post, the remake will be branded as The Last of Us Part 1, and will release for the PS5 on September 2nd of this year. The PC release will come at a later, unknown date.
A salvaged description of the game reveals that Naughty Dog intends it to be “a total overhaul of the original experience, faithfully reproduced but incorporating modernized gameplay, improved controls and expanded accessibility options”. It will also feature improved effects, exploration, and combat. The “Firefly Edition” of the re-release will come with the full game as well as the prequel chapter Left Behind, a steel book display case, early in-game unlocks, and the complete The Last of Us: American Dreams comic series with brand new art.
This will be the third official release of the initial The Last of Us story. It originally dropped on the PS3 in 2013, before being remastered for the PS4 a year later in 2014. The Last of Us Part II released to equally critical acclaim in 2020.