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Everything you need to know about The Last of Us PS5 remake

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The Last of Us is one of the most important games of the century, so it stands to reason that publisher Sony would want to keep the saga alive for as long as possible. The post-apocalyptic survival shooter franchise is critically acclaimed, features DLC, a remaster, and even has a major prestige TV show in the works. But now, multiple reports suggest a remake of the original game is not only in the works, but that it could actually be released relatively soon.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Sony is completely remaking the first game from the ground up for PlayStation 5, presumably giving it all the modernizations that are only available on the new hardware. In addition, separate reports from insider Tom Henderson and Video Games Chronicle corroborate the remake’s existence.

Here’s everything we know.

When might Sony release The Last of Us PS5 remake?

Joel and Ellie waiting for their next-gen facelift.Naughty Dog

The remake hasn’t been officially announced, so it’s not totally clear when it will launch, but if the reports are any indication, we might not have to wait much longer.

According to the Bloomberg report, The Last of Us PS5 remake has been in development since at least 2019. It was originally being developed by a small 30 person team at a Sony support studio called Visual Arts Service Group. They intended to use the project as a way for Sony to package both the first and second Last of Us games together on PS5.

In 2019, the group presented a completed section of the remake to Sony, suggesting they have at least a bit finished.

Following the completion of Last of Us Part II in 2020, numerous Naughty Dog veterans joined the development team for the remake. Leadership on the project was then handed over to Naughty Dog, again relegating Visual Arts Service Group as Naughty Dog’s support studio.

From this information, we can extrapolate a few details.

  1. The Last of Us PS5 remake has been in development for two years and gained significant support in 2020
  2. There was at some point an intention to sell Last of Us 1 and 2 as a complete next-gen package on PS5.

Many remakes take around two years to develop. For example, the Demon Souls PS5 remake began development after Bluepoint launched the 2018 Shadow of Colossus remake and launched in fall 2020.

It’s possible The Last of Us remake for PS5 will launch in 2022. Sony

It’s completely possible that The Last of Us remake will come out in 2022. In all likelihood, it’ll be paired with the debut of The Last of Us HBO series. Many expect the series to air in late 2022 due to the current filming dates, which conclude on June 5, 2022.

Sony previously remade the original Ratchet and Clank for PS4 to coincide with the film’s theatrical release date. It’s likely they’ll do something similar for The Last of Us on HBO.

In addition to all of that, insider Tom Henderson recently tweeted about the remake.

“Heard from multiple people now that the TLOU remake is nearly finished and could release during the latter half of 2022,” Henderson said. VGC editor Andy Robinson corroborated this claim, stating it matches “what VGC has been told.”

Considering Sony hasn’t announced any games for holiday 2022, this could be the perfect time to release The Last of Us remake. Perhaps we’ll find out more in the coming months.

Is there a Last of Us PS5 remake trailer?

No, the remake has yet to be officially announced, so there isn’t a trailer.

Who is The Last of Us PS5 remake developer?

The Last of Us Remastered for PS4. Sony

While development was initially helmed by Visual Arts Service Group, the reins have since been handed over to Naughty Dog.

According to VGC, Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann is now leading development on the remake. At CES 2022, Druckmann said he’s “dying to share” more about “the multiple game projects” the team is working on. One of these projects is likely The Last of Us remake for PS5.

Naughty Dog is reportedly working on a Director’s Cut for The Last of Us Part II, which will launch for PS5. We also know the team is developing a separate standalone multiplayer game for The Last of Us Part II, but it’s unclear when and how that will be released. It’s possible this multiplayer game could be packaged with the Director’s Cut, but this has yet to be confirmed.

What will change for The Last of Us PS5 remake?

Hopefully, the remake keeps visceral action and stealth gameplay intact.Sony

We don’t know yet what differences The Last of Us PS5 remake will have from the original. It’s possible that they’ll stay very faithful to the original game. However, in the Bloomberg article, it’s mentioned that the original development team, Visual Arts Service Group, wanted to hire people to “redesign gameplay mechanics” from the original. The extent of these supposed changes is unknown. It’s possible the shooting mechanics will align more with The Last of Us Part II.

It’s also possible that The Last of Us PS5 remake will have some changes in the story to make it closer to the HBO show’s narrative. The Ratchet and Clank PS4 remake featured Dr. Nefarious, a villain that wasn’t originally introduced until the series’ third game but played a vital role in the film.

The safest bet is that The Last of Us remake will have improved visuals and performance, possibly with the option to prioritize one or the other. It’s a no-brainer we’ll get to play in 4K resolution, possibly at 60 frames per second (and maybe even higher).

The Last of Us remake is reportedly being developed for PS5.

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