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The Last of Us: The Board Game is now in development, which is just one of the numerous announcements from The Last of Us Day's celebrations.
Well, technically, the celebrations take place today, but Naughty Dog popped the champagne bottles a little earlier than expected. CMON, which has also made board and card game adaptations of Bloodborne and God of War, was "beyond excited" to reveal that their partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment is continuing.
"Remembering the impact The Last of Us had on me when I first experienced it years ago, and then being completely stunned by The Last of Us Part 2, I knew this was a narrative experience we wanted to bring to the board gaming table," said Geoff Skinner, CMON's vice president of entertainment and head of licensing. This adaptation will be a "unique and compelling board game experience," and will let the "stirring character-driven player experience" of the games to be reproduced in a new format. This is all we know at the moment, but we'll keep you in the loop when we hear more.
Additionally, new The Last of Us merchandise has been unveiled. These include a series of new statues and figures of older Ellie and younger Ellie and Joel, available at Gaming Heads and Mamegyorai. Older Ellie's expression of fearsome determination should stop any colleagues from pinching the pen off of your desk (that, or the ginormous machete she's waving about).
Moving on to digital goodies instead of physical pressies, Naughty Dog will share an Abby cosplay guide, just like it shared an Ellie cosplay guide for Outbreak Day 2019. "This downloadable PDF features high-resolution renders of every facet of Abby's design, including detailed shots of her clothing, weapons, equipment, and hair style. You can also find information about materials, color reference, and more," said the developer. I used the Ellie cosplay guide for Halloween last year, and I'll give you a tip: fabric conditioner will "distress" clothes so you look like you've been dragged through a Seraphite base backwards.
Lastly, the new dynamic theme is a thing of beauty. Melancholy beauty, but beauty nonetheless. Available for free on the PlayStation Store, this replicates The Last of Us 2's main menu, and the theme shows the final scene: a boat ashore on a beach, with waves gently lapping and mountains illuminated in golden sunlight. As aforementioned, Naughty Dog did kick off the celebrations early, and has assured there are a "few other things up [their] sleeves" to reveal later today.
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