Since the launch of the new console generation, there has been plenty of speculation about which previously released games will receive ports to the new systems. Games as new as last year’s Tomb Raider have already made the jump and games as old as the original Xbox’s Halo 2 are also the topic of HD remake speculation. Many gamers consider it a shame that the award-winning survival horror game The Last of Us missed the next-gen window so narrowly and there have been cries for a PS4 port since before the console was even released.
Early on, word from Naughty Dog and Sony was that a PS4 port wasn’t on the table. A few months later, Naughty Dog strategist Eric Monacelli revisited the issue on Twitter with an attitude that revealed a bit more optimism about the game’s next-gen possibilities. Less than a week later, Sony announced the upcoming PlayStation Now streaming service and all the rumors settled down, with the assumption that Monacelli’s cryptic hint about the future was in reference to a streaming version of the game on PlayStation Now. Apparently, we all may have been mistaken…
Comments from a Sony Eurasia executive, Sercan Sulun, suggest that a PS4 port for The Last of Us is slated to be released this summer. The Sony rep let the details about the port leak while responding to a question about plans for a sequel to Joel and Ellie’s apocalyptic adventure.
“There is no information about a new The Last of Us game but I can share this knowledge; as of this summer, The Last of Us will be on the PS4. Both on PSN and physically… The PS4 version will also include the DLC so you will be able to play Left Behind as well.”
Although the comments sound pretty concrete, Sony has yet to officially confirm the news. If you check the official list of current and upcoming PS4 games, you’ll notice that The Last of Us is still nowhere to be seen. Official representatives from Sony gave Polygon the following statement in response to questions about Sulun’s PS4 port comments…
“At no time have we announced that The Last of Us is coming to PS4 and therefore, have nothing to say on the subject.”
We prefer not to speculate, but at this point the facts are definitely leaning towards the existence of a PS4 port. Over six million copies of the game have already been sold on the PS3, making The Last of Us the fasting selling new franchise in PS3 history and the quickest selling PS3 game of 2013. Although the game doesn’t offer a ton of replayability, we don’t think a PS4 port would have any trouble enticing consumers.
Shoppers who don’t see the reason behind enhancing the graphics on a game that is less than a year old are definitely onto something, but aesthetic perfectionists will likely still get a kick out of seeing what the new hardware has to add to the game. Anyone who doubts that the differences would be noticeable should check out the enhancements that were made to Tomb Raider.
If the game actually does hit the shelves this summer, would you be willing to drop $60 on The Last of Us to check out the PS4 upgrades? Sound off in the comments.
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