The Last of Us Part II could be getting a remaster, as a Naughty Dog developer accidentally said. First spotted by Resetera users, lead outsourcing artist Mark Pajarillo referenced the release in a now-updated LinkedIn experience article. “Responsible for overseeing the production of all outsourced environmental art assets, weapons and interactive accessories for two iconic titles The Last of Us: Part One and The Last of Us 2: Remastered,” the original post read, proving his existence. Hints of an improved PS5 version were first revealed in July, when composer Gustavo Santaolalla hinted at new features being added to the remaster.
Pajarillo himself worked on the original The Last of Us Part II as an environmental artist, so it makes sense that he would do the same for the PS5 version. That said, the remaster, as a whole, feels unnecessary, considering the title launched just three years ago on PS4 and has since received a PS5 patch allowing 60fps on a game that still looks stunning and mechanically current. In fact, one of the main reasons the original Last of Us received a full remake, with new visuals and modernized mechanics, was so that it could compete with the 2020 sequel. From a technical standpoint , besides haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, I wonder what Naughty Dog will promise this time around. I hope we don’t have to deal with the discourse on the game’s controversial narrative again.
Although the LinkedIn post does not constitute an official announcement, historically speaking, PlayStation has never stopped milking the franchise. For example, we now have three versions of The Last of Us: the original 2013 release, a 2014 remaster for PS4, and the recent remake titled “The Last of Us: Part I” for PS5 and PC. (Meanwhile, Bloodborne continues to rot on the old-gen PS4, locked at an inconsistent 30 frames per second. sigh) As previously mentioned, TLOU’s Argentinian composer Santaolalla revealed in an interview that players will be able to “play him certain songs”, which I suppose would work similarly to having protagonist Ellie Williams play a range of iconic music with button prompts for notes. For the uninitiated, Santaolalla’s character briefly appeared in The Last of Us 2, simply playing his banjo in Jackson City.
If and when it drops, we can expect it to be available to existing owners as a $10 (roughly Rs. 830) upgrade, as seen with other PlayStation remasters . Reports last year also suggested that Naughty Dog was working on a “director” for The Last of Us Part 2, which would likely be available on PC, similar to Horizon Forbidden West: Complete Edition. The studio itself is remaining tight-lipped about the remaster and its upcoming plans, which include an “all-new single-player experience” and a multiplayer game set in the post-apocalyptic TLOU universe. The latter has been put ‘on ice’ for now, due to concerns about its long-term viability, and we have also seen 25 employees being made redundant.
The Last of Us Part II is available on PS4 and playable on PS5 via backwards compatibility.