Update: Shortly after a leak confirmed its existence, Naughty Dog officially revealed The Last of Us Part II Remastered for PS5 on Friday evening, also confirming the release date: January 19.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered arrives on PS5 on January 19, with:
💥 No return roguelike mode
🎙 Lost levels with developer comments
🎸 Free guitar game
👀 Graphics improvements
🎮 DualSense integration
⭐ And more
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Notably, those who already own The Last of Us Part II on PS4 will be able to upgrade to a digital version of The Last of Us Part II Remastered on PS5 for $10 USD. Save files can also be imported into Part II Remastered.
However, Naughty Dog has clarified that upgrades for disc copies of the PS4 version are only available if you own a PS5 with a disc drive. “Owners of PS4 disc copies must insert them into the PS5 every time they want to download or play the digital version of the PS5,” explains the Naughty Dog blog.
There is no mention of a PC version of the remaster. You can watch the trailer below.
PlayStation Network has already leaked the remaster, which features an all-new roguelite survival mode, as well as a host of gameplay improvements.
It will feature a new roguelite survival mode called No Return. In this mode, players can choose their own path through a series of random encounters with different enemies and locations throughout the story. Players must fight and survive as long as they can to reach the bosses.
There will be unlockable characters in No Return, some of whom have never been playable in the franchise and possess unique gameplay traits.
Additionally, there is a new speedrun mode in which players can try to beat each other’s best times and a new feature called Guitar Free Play in which players can unlock instruments. There will also be new unlockable character and weapon skins for Ellie and Abby, as well as more behind-the-scenes features. Lost Levels, for example, allows players to explore early development versions of three new levels never before seen in the original PS4 game.
This remaster will output 4K in Fidelity mode and have faster loading times, as well as full Dualsense integration. You can read the full list below and check out Naughty Dog’s full blog here.
Experience the winner of over 300 Game of the Year awards now with a series of technical improvements that make The Last of Us Part II Remastered the definitive way to play Ellie and Abby’s critically acclaimed story .
PS5 native improvements
Made for the PS5 console, The Last of Us Part II Remastered improves on the original PS4 game in ways not possible before, including:
• A host of graphical enhancements bring this beautiful and dangerous world to life.
• Visual performances are now broadcast in 4K in Fidelity mode.
• Improved loading times faster get you into action.
• Full integration of the DualSense™ wireless controller.
No Return – A Roguelike survival mode
Experience the deep combat of The Last of Us Part II via an all-new mode! Survive as long as possible in each playthrough, choosing your path through a series of random encounters. Play as a multitude of unlockable characters, some never before seen in The Last of Us franchise, each with unique gameplay features. The variety of challenges features different enemies and memorable locations from Part II, all culminating in tense boss fights.
New ways to play
Dive deeper into this beloved adventure and learn how the original game was created.
• Lost Levels lets you explore early development versions of three new levels not seen in the original.
• Enjoy hours of new developer commentary to hear insight into the development of Part II while experiencing the game.
• Exploit your musical potential with Guitar Free Play, which includes new instruments to unlock, or take on the new Speedrun* mode and post your best times.
• Descriptive audio** and vibration speech have also been added as a result of accessibility features in Part II.
• The Last of Us Part II Remastered also features all-new unlockable character and weapon skins for players to use for Ellie and Abby.
*Game progression required to unlock.
**Available only for supported audio languages
The Last of Us Part II Remastered follows last year’s remaster of the original game. We called it a “gorgeous and well-polished remake” in our review, but the subsequent PC version faced a number of technical difficulties.
Earlier this year, series composer Gustavo Santaolalla hinted that The Last of Us Part II could receive a new edition in which his guitarist character cameo would be expanded. He was most likely referring to Guitar Free Play.
The Last of Us Part 2 was first released on PS4 in 2020 and received a 60fps boost via backwards compatibility for PS5 in 2021.
George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. He has been writing about the industry since 2019 and has worked with other publications such as Insider, Kotaku, NPR and Variety.
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