Although The Last of Us series launched over a decade ago, it remains one of the best PlayStation franchises of all time. A sequel to the original, followed by PS4 owners in 2020. After what seems like a long wait, today Sony finally announced an official remaster for The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 5 owners.
The official announcement came just a few hours after a PS Store leak partially revealed it. In a blog post Detailing the game, Sony mentions that The Last of Us Part II remaster comes with a host of different improvements, including graphical fidelity, new game modes, and even behind-the-scenes features for that extra immersion.
The remaster will be included native 4K output in Fidelity mode and 1440p upscaled to 4K in performance mode for extra smooth gameplay. There will also be increased texture resolution, improved shadow quality, animation sampling speed and more.
The remaster will also come with faster load times and support for Dualsense’s Adaptive Triggers. Naughty Dog promises that the new graphical improvements will significantly improve the remaster’s gameplay experience.
New Roguelike mode, lost levels and more
One of the biggest additions to the remaster is the addition of a new roguelike survival mode called “No return.” Created to put TLOU players through the proverbial grind, this mode lets gamers take on a variety of random encounters and experience the game’s combat through a new experience.
The new mode also unlocks characters that were previously unavailable to play. Players can customize their run and even compete on a global leaderboard. Naughty Dog plans to share more around the launch date.
In addition to the new roguelike mode, another highly requested entry is the “Play guitar-free‘ mode, which allows gamers to create their music through realistic controls. There will also be other unlockable instruments for even more experimentation.
A new series “Lost levels” also make their appearance in the remaster. These playable sequences were previously removed from the game and, while not yet fully completed, will give players some much-needed insight into what went into the making of the game itself. There will also be embedded developer commentary bonus character and weapon skins for Ellie and Abby.
The Last of Us Part II Remaster: Release Date and Availability
The Last of Us Remaster is officially released for PS5 January 19, 2024. Pre-orders for the game will begin on December 5, 2023, for both the Standard Edition and a new WLF Edition, which will only be available in select markets.
PS4 owners have even more to look forward to as they can upgrade to a digital version of the TLOU II remaster for only $10 at launch. PS4 players can even transfer and import their previous saves.
As before, Naughty Dog has promised more information as the game gets closer to its release date. After waiting for so long, there’s finally an official PS5 remaster for The Last of Us. How do you feel about it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!