In December of last year, Naughty Dog announced The Last of Us, a third-person survival horror game set in post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The game is a tale of survival following a grizzled, scrappy caucasion man named Joel and a young, pubescent girl named Ellie with no recollection of the pre-apocalyptic world. Astute gamers who have seen the trailer may have noticed how similar the engine looks to Uncharted’s – that’s because it’s the exact same engine. Pressured by outside companies to incorporate the engine to other games, Naughty Dog had other ideas and secretly developed a new game using this renowned engine.
Aside from environmental puzzles and a general artistic aesthetic, what similarities there are between these titles ends there. The “end of the world” dynamic will force Joel and Ellie to be more resourceful than Nathan Drake ever had to be in his adventures; they will have to scavenge for food, supplies, weapons and find inventive ways to defend themselves against raging hoardes of infected humans (think I Am Legend minus the dog and Bob Marley) just to stay alive.
Furthermore, while The Last of Us will feature the polished action sequences of its previous titles that has made Naughty Dog a household name, Creative Director, Neil Druckmann, and Game Director, Bruce Straley have stated that the company’s first foray into an apocalytpic setting is focused primarily on characters and telling an intimate story: “The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character driven tale about a modern plague decimating mankind. Nature encroaches upon civilization, forcing remaining survivors to kill for food, weapons and whatever they can find.”
Look for this PS3 exclusive to hit store shelves late in 2012 or early next year. For those who have yet to see the trailer, take a peak below.
– Playstation.Blog, GameInformer