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Rumours are rumbling that The Last Of Us is to receive a remake for the PlayStation 5 - and that prospect is pretty divisive. Now, a leak from an industry insider claims that Sony and Naughty Dog are pulling out all of the stops for this project.
The Last Of Us is one of those games that will endure as a classic for years and years to come. Released in 2013, it was pitted against some stiff competition like Grand Theft Auto V, BioShock Infinite, and the Tomb Raider reboot, yet, The Last Of Us prevailed as a stellar example of storytelling within the medium. In the original game, civilisation has been lost to the Cordyceps infection which transforms those infected into aggressive hosts from the fungus to propagate. Joel loses his daughter Sarah at the start of the apocalypse and though two decades pass, he is disillusioned and driven only to survive from day to day. It is when he meets Ellie (who is immune to the disease) that his black and white mindset shifts thanks to her optimism and excitement about how the world used to be. In the upcoming HBO TV show, the journey that the two characters experience will be brought to new audiences, and we simply cannot wait to see Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in the roles.
Its sequel, The Last Of Us Part 2, broke the record for the highest number of Game Of The Year awards given to a single game. But, what did we think of the gruelling experience that some were calling the "swan song" for the PlayStation 4? Check out our review here.
According to Game Reactor's Eirik Hyldbakk Furu, the remake for the PlayStation 5 is very real, in spite of Sony and Naughty Dog's radio silence. "People seem to think this will basically just be in the vein of The Last of Us: Remastered," they said in their article that apparently sheds light on unannounced new games. "Let's not blow expectations out of the water by hyping it up too much, but this won't be a 'simple' improvement of resolution, framerate and textures. The kennel is going to really take advantage of PlayStation 5's power and features with the The Last of Us: Part II engine. Not just in terms of graphics, but a few other things as well."
Imaginably, Hyldbakk Furu is referring to the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that are present on the DualSense, which adds another layer of immersion to the experience. However, it is possible that Naughty Dog is going one step further with the game and bringing story elements of the sequel into the original. This way, the impact of the loss of a vaccine and Joel's actions that spur Abby on to her quest for revenge might be better realised. Of course, this is just conjecture as there is no official confirmation of whether these claims are verifiable. Be that as it may, it's an interesting suggestion.
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