Naughty Dog’s announcement of a PlayStation 5 remaster for “The Last of Us Part 2” has ignited a spirited debate within the gaming community. Originally released in 2020 and having already received a performance update for the PS5, this latest remaster, scheduled for January 19, 2024, is packed with additional features and enhancements.
Enhanced Features and Modes
- Roguelike Mode – No Return: A fresh gameplay experience adding variety to the existing narrative.
- Lost Levels with Developer Commentary: Playable sequences that were initially cut from the game, offering insights into its development.
- Guitar Free Play: Allows players to explore different instruments and settings, adding a creative layer to the game.
- Graphical Enhancements: The remaster promises native 4K output in Fidelity Mode, upscaled 1440p in Performance Mode, and an Unlocked Framerate option for VRR-supported TVs. Enhanced texture resolution, shadow quality, and improved loading times are also part of the package.
- DualSense Integration: Descriptive Audio and Speech to Vibrations features enhance the immersive experience using the controller’s capabilities.
- Additional Content: Includes the unlockable Speedrun Mode, new skins for characters and weapons, and an expanded Photo Mode with dynamic lighting and new framing options.
- For those who own the original PS4 version, a $10 upgrade to the digital remaster is available at launch. Players can also import saves from the original game to the remastered version.
The gaming community is divided on whether “The Last of Us Part 2” necessitates a remaster, especially given its recent release and existing PS5 performance upgrade. Critics argue it’s a “quick cash-in,” while supporters see it as a definitive version for the latest console, appreciating the upgrade option for current owners.
Naughty Dog’s Busy Slate
Aside from the remaster, Naughty Dog is juggling multiple projects. These include a multiplayer game set in “The Last of Us” universe, a brand-new PS5 game under the direction of Neil Druckman, and the anticipation around “The Last of Us Part 3.” Additionally, the success of the HBO series adds to the franchise’s expanding universe.
As Sony looks to bolster its PS5 release slate for 2024, remasters like “The Last of Us Part 2” could play a significant role in maintaining momentum. This strategy, while sparking debate, also offers players enhanced experiences on the latest console generation.