Since the launch of the new generation of consoles, there has been an influx of remastered and rebooted versions of titles from last-gen attempting to cash-in on the transition. The HD remake of 2013’s Tomb Raider was stunning, as seen in these side-by-side comparison videos. Meanwhile, Xbox One owners have the prospect of playing through the first four Halo titles in Halo: The Master Chief Collection — a re-release exclusive to the Xbox One that will not be making its way to Xbox 360 and PC.
Very few of these rebooted versions have had as much hype as The Last of Us Remastered though. The post-apocalyptic survival horror title was one of the best games on the PS3, dominated the 2014 D.I.C.E. awards, and in spite of its release late in the console’s life cycle still sold 6 million copies by March of this year. Now, developer Naughty Dog has made the prospect of the re-release even more enticing.
Naughty Dog designer Kurt Margenau stated that The Last Of Us Remastered will run at 60 FPS. Speaking on Twitter last month, in a tweet that was re-tweeted by Neil Druckmann, the developer’s creative director, Margenau said that he had “played some #TLOU at 60 fps tonight for the first time (60fps cutscenes and all),” and announced that he was a believer. He even admitted that he did not think he could go back from 60 FPS, and that it was a transformative experience.
Margenau was not the only Naughty Dog employee having fun by hinting at a 60 FPS frame rate. The co-director of The Last of Us Remastered, Bruce Straley, was also on Twitter, letting the world know that he “had a dream in 60fps last night.” Druckmann was also involved here, replying to Straley with “what if I told you that was no dream?”
No official announcement about frame rate has been made yet — although we do know that The Last of Us Remastered will run in 1080p. It could, after all, be that Margenau had played a build version of the game rather than the final, commercial release. Druckmann’s hashtag of “believe” also suggests that the frame rate has not yet been made final — but the signs are there that Naughty Dog have done something special with this remastered edition. And if they don’t, these tweets will serve as a let down.
Naughty Dog will certainly be hoping it was worth the work. The developer has previously admitted that the process of porting from PS3 to PS4 was “hell,” and there was some fan frustration at the price drop from $60 to $50 until refunds were given to gamers who had purchased The Last of Us Remastered on pre-order. So far, though, the re-release looks impressive. Just have another look at the trailer and see for yourself.
The Last of Us Remastered will launch on July 29, exclusive to PS4.