Naughty Dog, the acclaimed developer, is set to release The Last of Us Part II Remastered for the PlayStation 5 on January 19, 2024. This eagerly anticipated remaster promises to offer both new and returning players the definitive way to experience the emotional and gripping sequel to the original, which was initially released in 2020.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered comes packed with exciting new features and game modes. One of the standout additions is the "No Return" mode, a roguelike survival experience that introduces randomized encounters, allowing players to test their skills in fresh, challenging scenarios. This mode offers a variety of playable characters, each with unique traits to suit different playstyles. Players will navigate a series of stealth and combat encounters against a range of enemies, with unexpected twists adding excitement to each confrontation. As you progress, you can unlock new characters, skins, and more to customize your runs and compete on a global leaderboard in the Daily Run.
Fans of the original game's guitar-playing sequences will be pleased to hear about the new "Guitar Free Play" mode. This mode lets you strum the strings of various unlockable instruments, apply audio FX pedals to modulate your performance and play as different characters in different in-game locations, allowing you to create a personalized musical experience.
A Deeper Dive Behind the Scenes
The Last of Us Part II Remastered offers players an exclusive look behind the scenes with a new set of "Lost Levels." These levels provide insight into the game's development and include developer commentary to provide context and a deeper understanding of the creative process. This unique addition allows players to explore early-development slices of the game, offering new glimpses into the world of Part II.
Additionally, director's commentary from Neil Druckmann, narrative lead Halley Gross, and actors Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, and Laura Bailey has been newly recorded and is included across the campaign's cutscenes. This commentary offers valuable insight into the story and characters that have captivated both the development team and fans.
Enhanced Graphics and Immersive Features
The remastered version takes full advantage of the PlayStation 5's capabilities. It features enhanced graphics, including native 4K output in Fidelity Mode, 1440p upscaled to 4K in Performance Mode, and an Unlocked Framerate option for VRR-supported TVs. Players can expect increased texture resolution, improved shadow quality, animation sampling rate, and more, bringing the world of The Last of Us Part II to life with greater richness and detail.
The PlayStation 5's power and features are also harnessed for improved loading times. DualSense wireless controller haptic feedback and adaptive triggers are integrated to further immerse players in the game's combat and exploration moments.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered ensures that the award-winning suite of accessibility options from the original is retained. New additions include Descriptive Audio and Speech to Vibrations, which uses the DualSense controller to indicate character speech and cadence. Speedrun Mode, previously included in The Last of Us Part I, makes its way to Part II Remastered, allowing players to compete for the best times.
Preorders and Upgrades
Preorders for The Last of Us Part II Remastered will be available from December 5. Existing owners of The Last of Us Part II on PlayStation 4 can upgrade to the digital version of Part II Remastered for $10 USD at launch. They can also import their saves from the original game to continue their journey with Ellie and Abby.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered promises to be the definitive way to experience this emotionally charged and visually stunning game. Don't miss out on the opportunity to relive or discover the captivating story of Ellie and Abby when it launches on PlayStation 5 on January 19, 2024.