While developer Naughty Dog denied that their PS3 exclusive title The Last of Us would ever make the jump to PS4 in the form of a remake or port, most figured that Sony would eventually override that decision. After all, how could they not try to get a little extra mileage out of one of the best games released last year?
Now, it seems Sony is ready to finally confirm a Last of Us PS4 version is on the way, but the timing of that announcement apparently didn’t make its way through all the proper channels. As a result, a banner for the port, titled The Last of Us: Remastered, has appeared on the Sony Entertainment Network store without so much as a peep from Sony or Naughty Dog.
[Update: Sony made it official. Details soon.]
For as much as we enjoy a good stealth announcement, it appears that the banner went live without the proper go-ahead from Sony. For starters, we wouldn’t expect Sony to unveil such a highly anticipated title, even if it is a PS4 re-release, in the middle of the night and without a formal announcement. Not to mention the link attached to the banner bounces back with a “page not found” error message. Chances are Sony will confirm the news at some point later in the day, either as was originally planned or simply because the cat is out of the bag.
Even though The Last of Us: Remastered banner is relatively slim on details, namely a release date, it does reveal a price tag for the next-gen re-release: $60. And considering that’s for the Day 1 digital version, it stands to reason that the retail version, if there is one, will carry the same price.
Although competitive pricing for a PS4 release does make sense for The Last of Us: Remastered, some might not see it that way. Sure, this re-release will likely include the stellar Left Behind DLC, but most Game of the Year editions – many of which boast a full year’s worth of DLC – carry some form of discount. That being said, the nature of this next-gen port makes this circumstance a little different, and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition has already set the precedent for $60 next-gen re-releases.
Either way, the good news is that those who missed out on The Last of Us the first time around now have a second chance, only with (presumably) better graphical fidelity. Take it from us, this is a game you don’t want to miss, but in case you need a little more convincing check out our 5-star review.
Are you surprised that The Last of Us is making the jump to PS4? Do you think $60 is too high a price tag for this HD update?