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The Last of Us: Part 1 Summer Gamefest Reveal Comes With Series News

When you say The Last of Us, gamers everywhere have great memories of it, especially as a heartfelt game coming out of the zombie genre. I recall having my jaw dropped as I watched Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg play the intro to the game ahead of its launch in 2013 while promoting their apocalypse movie, This Is the End. As a gamer who jumps at nearly everything, even I have played the original The Last of Us. It only makes sense that nine years later, Naughty Dog is giving the game a makeover for Sony’s next-gen console with The Last of Us: Part 1.

Neil Druckmann, co-president of Naughty Dog, introduced us to The Last of Us: Part 1 during Summer Game Fest 2022 earlier today. Rumors had swirled about the remake for more than a year, but a leaked listing, complete with trailer, appeared on Sony’s PlayStation Direct website ahead of Druckmann’s reveal. It may not have been as big of a surprise to everyone, but he was able to confirm a few things. Like Capcom’s Resident Evil remakes, The Last of Us has been given a complete renovation. The visual upgrades and gameplay improvements are unbelievably enhanced from the earlier edition of the game.

The description on Sony’s website says:

Enjoy a total overhaul of the original experience, faithfully reproduced but incorporating modernized gameplay, improved controls, and expanded accessibility options. Plus, feel immersed with improved effects and enhanced exploration and combat. 

The game will be available complete with the stand-alone add-on title, The Last of Us: Left Behind, and there will be a special “Firefly Edition” that comes in a Steelbook case, unspecified in-game goodies, and a reprint of the four-issue comic book series The Last of Us: American Dreams. The game will also be coming to PC as well. Druckmann didn’t go into the specs of the new game, but the trailer, which shows gameplay and cut-scene footage, supports a 4K presentation, and it’s currently assumed the game will as well.

Tess, Ellie, and Joel crouch behind a counter with a monster on the other side in The Last of Us: Part 1

That was not the only The Last of Us news today, though. Druckmann also announced a 2023 multiplayer title that “is as big as any of our single-player games that we’ve done, and in some ways bigger.” Druckmann did not drop a title for the game, providing a single photo and saying it “has a brand-new cast of characters and takes place in another part of the United States.”  

Finally, Druckmann discussed the new HBO series adaption of the game. Druckmann announced that he directed one of the episodes and dropped a new photo of Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in the series. He further revealed that Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who play Joel and Ellie in the video game series, would also be among the cast of the upcoming show.

The Last of Us: Part 1 drops on September 2, HBO’s adaptation of the game is expected sometime in “early next year,” according to, citing pilot episode director Kantemir Balagov confirming that window during a recent interview with a Russian media website.

Pedro PAscal and Bella Ramsey duck in the light of a dark location in The Last of Us tv series.
Image courtesy of HBO

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Written by Sean Parker

Living just outside of Boston, Sean has always been facinated by what horror can tell us about contemporary society. He started writing music reviews for a local newspaper in his twenties and found a love for the art of thematic and symbolic analysis. Sean joined Horror Obsessive at it's inception, and is currently the site's Creative Director. He produces and edits the weekly Horror Obsessive podcast for the site as well as his interviews with guests. He has recently started his foray into feature film production as well, his credits include Alice Maio Mackay's Bad Girl Boogey, Michelle Iannantuono's Livescreamers, and Ricky Glore's upcoming Troma picture, Sweet Meats.

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