The Last of Us Part One remake is out now on PlayStation 5.
And naturally, fans are asking what comes next.
Developer Naughty Dog did more than overhaul the visuals on its 2013 classic.
Enemy AI has been overhauled and gone are the limitations of the PS3 which restricted their numbers in a gunfight.
Accessibility options have also been dramatically improved. Narrators describe what’s happening in the scene between dialogue for gamers with low vision, and the DualSense controller can even vibrate with enough accuracy so they can ‘feel’ the dialogue.
That’s in addition to upgrades which take advantage of the PlayStation 5 controller’s adaptive triggers which – in many ways – make the Last of Us Part One remake, more advanced than Part Two.
Naughty Dog’s drive to remake the original – according to Creative Director and writer Shaun Escayg – was to blur the line between the game and its PS4 sequel.
“We really wanted our fans and potentially new fans to have the ability to play Part One and Part Two continuously, without these large gaps in fidelity and technology,” said Escayg.
But both he and the game’s Director Matt Gallant were coy when speaking to 9News.com.au about bringing the same improvements to the Last of Us Part 2.
“That’s an interesting idea but we don’t have any news on that right now,” said Gallant.
Escayg, who returned to Naughty Dog after working on Marvel’s Avengers game, laughed at the mere mention of a Last of Us Part 3 or an Uncharted 5 (can’t blame a guy for asking!), and said – like fans – the team is excited to see what HBO delivers in bringing The Last of Us to the small screen.
“We’re definitely hopeful the TV show will spark interest and bring new fans into this world.”
“Outside of that I mean I don’t have much context of the HBO (show).
“We’re kind of just like you guys – fans of it that can’t wait every time a trailer drops, gawking at seeing the IP (intellectual property) realised in such a way.”
The series is set to release in 2023, which is when gamers will likely hear more news about The Last of Us’ multiplayer, which is being spun off into a stand-alone release, after Factions was removed from the Part One remake.
“Again, you’ll have to stay tuned for information on that. I can say that the team is working really hard on it and we can’t wait for fans to get their hands on it,” said Escayg.
“It’s pretty awesome. That’s all I can say.”
“The Last of Us Part One is sort of our love letter to the franchise.”
“We put a lot of unnecessary pressure on ourselves to make this game.”
Watch the full video interview above now with Shaun Escayg and Matthew Gallant on 9news.com.au