The Last of Us Part I, the PS5 remake of the PlayStation classic, was briefly listed in error on the PlayStation Direct website this morning, and appears to be arriving this September with a PC port to follow.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed the listing before it was swiftly deleted from Sony’s direct-to-consumers shopping site, which confirmed a September 2 release date. A special Firefly Edition was also detailed, alongside a trailer which demonstrates the next-gen remaster of Naughty Dog’s 2013 PS3 classic (and its 2014 PS4 remaster).
[UPDATE 2022-06-09, 3:53PM: The Last of Us Part I was confirmed at Summer Games Fest this afternoon, while Joel and Ellie’s actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson have also been revealed to play roles in the upcoming HBO series. Director Neil Druckmann called it “the definitive version,” with the original performances updated on next-gen models. Matthew Gallant and Shonda Sky are helming this PS5 remake. Meanwhile, Naughty Dog is hard at work on a standalone multiplayer spinoff set in the same universe.]
Per the deleted listing The Last of Us Part I, as it has been dubbed in keeping with its sequel, is “a total overhaul of the original experience, faithfully reproduced but incorporating modernized gameplay, improved controls and expanded accessibility options,” as well as “improved effects and enhanced exploration and combat,” all “rebuilt for the PlayStation 5.”
The “celebrated prequel chapter” DLC Left Behind will also be included, featuring Ellie and her best friend Riley. The Firefly Edition, which may be a PlayStation Direct exclusive, will feature a limited edition SteelBook case, early in-game unlocks, and a reprint of the four-issue comic series The Last of Us: American Dreams with new cover art, diving further into Ellie and Riley’s relationship.
A PS5 remake of The Last of Us has been Sony’s worst-kept secret as of late. Its existence has still not been officially confirmed as of this writing, but in January insiders suggested that it could be released this fall, and now those rumours have proven true ahead of a presumed appearance at Summer Games Fest this week. The trailer confirms a PC version is also in development, presumably for release about six months later.
Judging by the trailer alone, The Last of Us Part I appears to be a very faithful recreation of its original versions, at least in terms of cinematic appearances. Fans have been divided on the necessity of this project since it was first rumoured, but it remains to be seen how improved the gameplay itself truly is. The $69.99 USD price tag for the standard edition may also be a tough sell, considering the PS4 remake is widely, cheaply available secondhand and already available as part of the PS Plus Collection for PS5 owners (though it could possibly be removed around September, as recently happened with Persona 5).
One of the biggest new games of the last decade, The Last of Us takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of the United States, where civilization has been brought down by a mutant strain of Cordyceps fungus. The infected turn into zombie-like creatures called clickers, and the surviving remnants of humanity cling to authoritarian shelter states or eke out a living in the wild. Players assume the role of Joel, who is tasked with transporting a girl named Ellie to the Fireflies, a resistance group, and their relationship has dramatic implications for mankind’s survival.
The PS5 remake comes ahead of HBO’s live-action adaptation. Starring Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones), Bella Ramsey (His Dark Materials, Game of Thrones), Gabriel Luna (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Anna Torv (Fringe), and with original game director Neil Druckmann at the wheel, The Last of Us series will try “to tell the same story that’s in the game, deviating in minor ways.” It’s also the largest production filmed in Canada to date, having filmed in Alberta from last July until just this week.