With the advent of HD remakes and remastered editions of games, it can sometimes be quite difficult to justify a second or even third purchase. This is even more prevalent when the title in question is primarily a single player experience and will be largely similar to its previous iteration, save for the increased fidelity that comes as a product of the increased power of next-gen consoles. In many ways, this is the case for the recently-announced The Last of Us Remastered.
Viewed by many as the PS3′s swan song, The Last of Us Remastered came as no surprise given the potential of the PS4. Despite presenting gamers with an absolutely gorgeous trailer though, the question of whether a second journey into this post-apocalyptic landscape would warrant the price of admission persisted. Luckily for early adopters, Sony may have a solution in the form of a discounted price of owners of the PS3 version of the game.
According to a comment on the Sony EU Blog from Community Strategist Eric Monacelli, this very issue is something that has crossed Sony’s mind and is being considered.
“We’re looking into the business model for all this and will post about this once we have input from all regions.”
The business model that immediately comes to mind here is that of the PS3 to PS4 upgrade program that coincided with the consoles launch. For just $10, players could upgrade their PS3 titles to their next-gen counterparts. Considering the fact that the eligible games for that promotion had releases months after that of The Last of Us, this is a strong possibility.
While the $10 upgrade would arguably be worth it for the graphical increase alone, the inclusion of DLC like the acclaimed ‘Left Behind‘ and upcoming ‘Grounded‘ makes the upgrade a much more tantalizing prospect. Considering the number of PS2 titles that made the jump to the PS3 in the form of HD remakes, this could very well mark the insertion point for PS3 titles beginning to make the generational leap to the PS4.
This is far from the end of The Last of Us‘ story though. Not only has Naughty Dog maintained that there is still a 50/50 chance of a sequel to the award-winning title (read: there will be a sequel), but it has also been revealed that a movie based on the game is currently in development. With E3 just around the corner, it’s entirely possible that gamers could find themselves face-to-face with some sort of new addition to the world of The Last of Us. Only time will tell though.
What would you be willing to pay for a discounted The Last of Us Remastered? Are there any other PS3 titles that you would be willing to buy remastered versions of on PS4?
The Last of Us Remastered is aiming for a summer 2014 release on the PS4.
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