Game news The Last of Us Part 1: star of a ruined Summer Game Fest 2022?
The Last of Us was the star of the video game’s summer opening night. With the Summer Game Fest, Geoff Keighley is trying, for the third year in a row, to perpetuate this tradition established at E3 since 1995. Unfortunately, this edition was disappointing, on the other hand, The Last of Us was there to save the show with announcements and lots of focus. This is what we learned there.
- When leaks spoil the party…
- The Last of Us Part 1: more than just a remaster
- The multiplayer project
- After Last of Us
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When leaks spoil the party…
We learned a lot about The Last of Us, and unfortunately, we learned it an hour before the event. Indeed, after months and months of rumours, which we believed only half-worded, reality hit us in the face. The project literally leaked everywhere, and the source of this leak was neither more nor less than PlayStation. In fact, the pages dedicated to the game, which are normally hidden from the public, have been found and published on the net. And there was literally EVERYTHING. Cover, price of editions, details on the game, and even trailer available for viewing directly on the Sony site. From there, the word got around, and we could only hope for one thing: that it wouldn’t be the show’s highlight. Bad luck, it was, and we felt that the party was a little spoiled by this leak, since no other announcement was of this caliber. Naughty Dog and The Last of Us, in series, and in game, represented 12 minutes of a 2 hour show.
The Last of Us Part 1: more than just a remaster
Already, first news, this reissue of The Last of Us will recover a very clever subtitle: Part 1. With its sequel Part 2, the circle is complete, and it will now be easy to identify the original edition on PS3, of the remastered edition on PS4, and of the PS5 and PC edition which will therefore be called Part 1. And yes, we are already at the 2nd release of the legendary game initially launched in 2013. It will therefore celebrate its 10th anniversary l next year, and intends to further extend its aura. To appeal to a whole new audience across PS5 and PC, The Last of Us Part 1 has reinvigorated its animations, tweaking the more realistic performance capture animations. Basically, they reused the captures of 2012, and reproduced them on new tools to obtain a better rendering. We see it in the images, with reworked textures, and beyond the visual aspect, and the content that integrates the DLC Left Behind, it is also on the standards of accessibility and gameplay that this Last of Us Part 1 will bring its stone to the building. As we know, the combat gameplay was not the strong point of the 2013 game, and on that Part 2 has improved the formula incredibly. We can therefore hope that this new version takes up the basics. After all, the developer, who has taken over the project in recent months, promises a total overhaul of the experience with modernized gameplay. It also incorporates more accessibility, that is to say varied options allowing people, with or without disabilities, to take full advantage of the experience. The Part 1 version will therefore be the ultimate version. The title is scheduled for PS5 on September 2, 2022, and is in development for PC. This means that the 2 will most likely arrive by 2023/2024 on Steam, if we follow the adaptation scheme in force at Sony. That being said, there is still something that escaped the leak ahead of the conference, and this is yet another highly anticipated project from Naughty Dog.
The multiplayer project
Survivor of the leaks, the famous multiplayer project from the developer of The Last of Us took advantage of this Summer Game Fest opening conference to reveal itself a little bit… Neil Druckmann showed an artwork, and some info on the project. It is for the moment official without name. And all we’ve seen is a city, potentially San Francisco, run down, and two characters who are on the rooftops and wary of what’s happening behind them and below. Typical The Last of Us vibe, and not for nothing, because the game was basically a sequel to the first game’s Faction mode, which was to be developed for The Last of Us 2. Since then, the second game has has sold 10 million copies, and the game’s multiplayer mode has become a true Stand Alone. The project is now a real game apart, whose size and ambitions have nothing to envy to the firm’s solo games and even exceed them in certain points. They’ve been working on it for two years, but don’t get me wrong, we’re not talking about a simple online confrontation game. There, we are promised a story, characters and everything we need to do, from what was once a simple multiplayer mode, a major project in the Last of Us universe. Neil Druckmann gives an appointment in 2023 for learn more. Indeed, 2022 is also a year of filming for the HBO series dedicated to the adventures of Joel and Ellie.
You have surely seen it on social networks, destroyed landscapes, small horseback rides, squat steps. Yes, The Last of Us is coming to series, with Pedro Pascal in the role of Joel. He is the one who plays the Mandalorian from The Mandalorian and Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones. To play Ellie, Bella Ramsey takes the role, also in Game of Thrones in the guise of Lyanna Mormont. On the distribution side, the series costs 200 million dollars, and will have 10 episodes in total, produced by PlayStation and HBO, with Craig Mazin of the Chernobyl series at the helm, and of course, Neil Druckmann. We also learned that the latter had directed an episode, of which he brought us a small image where we see our two protagonists who are hiding from a clicker hidden in the background of the plan. This intervention in the middle of Summer Game Fest was also an opportunity to find Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who play the two main characters in the games. We’ve learned that they’ll be playing two characters on the show, and not just for cameos. We can discover them in the flesh in 2023 in the series, broadcast on HBO.
After Last of Us
While the studio is bigger than ever, to use the words of Neil Druckmann, one wonders what will be the next step? Officially, as of February 2022, we know that the studio is working on 3 different games. Part 1 counts as one, multiplayer is second, so what’s third? So far, we don’t know. A new Uncharted to exploit PS5 in depth? After all, the re-release of the Legacy of Thieves Collection on PS5 allows you to test the waters and get your hands on the tools… Or maybe The Last of Us Part 3? All eventualities are possible and, except for repeated big leaks, it will be necessary to wait until 2023 or 2024 to have the officialization of this third project so mysterious…