Naughty Dog and tabletop creators, Themeborne, have announced a collaboration to develop a board game based on The Last of Us, titled The Last of Us: Escape the Dark.
Utilising the Escape the Dark engine, the game will see up to five players take on the roles of Joel, Ellie, Tess, Bill, Tommy or Marlene in a story of survival set in an open-world map containing locations from the original game. Players will make choices about the routes they take through familiar locales like the Suburbs and University, using item cards and custom dice to combat Hunters and Infected and deal with incoming challenges.
A crafting system, character-based “Hang-ups” and optional stealth round out a feature-rich adaptation that sounds incredibly true to the video game.
“I’ve been a massive fan of Themeborne’s Escape the Dark board games! Escape the Dark Castle grabbed me with its bold black & white illustrations, compelling RPG mechanics, and interesting narrative choices. With its spiritual sequel, Escape the Dark Sector, I loved the evolution of deeper mechanics and how easily they fit into the sci-fi genre. Now I couldn’t be happier to see their game design continue to evolve with The Last of Us! We’re excited to see Joel, Ellie, and more of our beloved characters take on new life through stunning artwork and mechanics that immerse players in the world of The Last of Us.”