For once, the price is right for a video game remaster.
Following a brief flurry of rumours, Naughty Dog and Sony have officially announced The Last of Us Part II Remastered, an updated version of the game that offers native 4K output in fidelity mode and 1440p upscaling to 4K in performance mode (there’s also an unlocked frame rate option for TVs that support variable refresh rate).
The best part, though? If you already own 2020’s The Last of Us Part II for the PS4, you can upgrade to the digital Remastered version for $10 (roughly $13.61 CAD) (and transfer your saved files over, too).
The Last of Us Part II Remastered is coming to PS5 on January 19, featuring the roguelike mode No Return, three playable Lost Levels with developer commentary, Guitar Free Play, and more.
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) November 18, 2023
Along with updated visuals, the game features behind-the-scenes modes and a new rogue-like survival mode called ‘No Return.’ This new gameplay mode allows players to select from a variety of characters to test their skills in randomized encounters. Each player will have their own skills and traits and as you progress through the game you can spec your character with rewards picked up along the way.
The behind-the-scenes content includes lost levels that were partially finished but cut from the original game. There’s also developer commentary in these locations and during cutscenes if enabled.
It all brings the world of Part II’s story to life in “richer and smoother detail,” according to PlayStation. It also mentions that PS5 players can expect minimal loading times and adaptive trigger support.
Rather than a pricey full remake like The Last of Us Part 1 for PS5, Part II‘s remaster feels more like the extras you’d find on a special edition DVD in the mid-to-late-2000s. While MobileSyrup‘s Patrick O’Rourke enjoyed the recently released remake of Part 1, even though he mentioned he doesn’t think it really needs to exist given the PS3 title was remade for the PS4, it really didn’t offer that much over the original if you’d already played it. It’s really designed for players who watched HBO’s The Last of Us TV show and are new to the video game series.
Other additions to The Last of Us Part II Remastered include new character outfits, a free-play guitar mod and more you can read about here. The game will be released on January 19th, 2024. There’s no word yet on if The Last of Us Part II Remastered will get a PC port.
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