After months of denials, backpedaling, and potential leaked confirmations; Naughty Dog has finally provided survival horror fans with some concrete information about the long-rumored PS4 port of The Last of Us. The award-winning 2013 game and its DLC packs will make their way to the PS4 this summer with both a physical and digital release.
Despite earlier statements from Naughty Dog that clearly explained the company had no plans to release a PS4 port for the game, it seems like Naughty Dog has been hard at work on the Remastered edition since the PS3 version launched. In a recent interview with Access PlayStation, Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells spoke about the development timetable for The Last of Us: Remastered…
“We had a lot of people on the forums saying ‘can I play this on PlayStation 4?’ We had actually been anticipating that, and started working on it pretty much as soon as we finished the PlayStation 3 [version]. We weren’t sure if it was going to go anywhere, but when we saw the fans clamoring for it we doubled-down, and put more effort behind it.”
Although it makes sense that Naughty Dog would want to keep the project under wraps until the company was sure a finished product of the port would see the light of day – or at least until they sold the maximum amount possible on PS3 – it does seem a bit suspicious that official representatives denied plans for the game months after developers were working on it. Holding out on official confirmation of the game for so long definitely created a substantial amount of hype any time details were leaked, but after all the misinformation, gamers may have a harder time trusting the word of Naughty Dog moving forward. It’s certainly not the responsibility of developers and publishers to keep consumers informed about every project the companies consider producing, but there’s no denying that the word of Naughty Dog may not be taken quite as seriously after this series of denials, leaks, and secrets.
In addition to the eye-opening development timeline, Wells also spoke to some of the improvements that the Remastered release will bring to the game that is currently only about a year old…
“The graphic fidelity has been turned up to eleven… We’ve got 1080p, we’re pushing the draw distances further, we’re creating higher resolution character models, better lighting, better shadows.”
We’ve already seen the kind of stunning visual improvements that a next-gen remake can bring to games that were released at the tail end of the last console generation (like Tomb Raider), so we have no doubt that gamers with a keen eye for graphics and presentation will enjoy revisiting the emotional roller coaster that is The Last of Us. Whether gamers feel burned or not by Naughty Dog holding out precious intel from them during the past year, we have no doubt The Last of Us will continue racking up sales when the Remastered edition drops this summer.
Does it bother you that Naughty Dog kept the project under wraps or are you just happy to hear that the game will definitely see a PS4 release? Sound off in the comments.
The Last of Us Remastered releases summer 2014 for the PS4.
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Source: Access PlayStation