Eagle-eyed users have spotted what appears to be more evidence of an impending re-release of The Last of Us Part II, with a Naughty Dog developer, Mark Pajarillo, calling out something called “The Last of Us 2: Remastered” in an online profile.
“Responsible for overseeing the production of all outsourced environment art assets, weapons and interactive props for two iconic titles The Last of Us: Part One and The Last of Us 2: Remastered,” read Pajarillo’s LinkedIn profile, which has since been edited to only mention The Last of Us: Part One. The developer has been with Naughty Dog since January 2021 as Lead Outsource Artist.
While not exactly concrete evidence – it could have been an honest (but very odd) mistake – this isn’t the first time someone potentially involved with the development of a new version of the Last of Us Part II has let slip mention of the project. A few months ago, composer Gustavo Santaolalla told Blender in an interview that a new version of the game was being worked on where players would be able to make Santaolalla play different tracks in-game.
The idea of a “director’s cut” or “remastered” version of The Last of Us Part II has been reported a few times now, and if Santaolalla’s claims are to be believed it may actually feature brand-new content and/or major changes, unlike the recent PS5/PC release of The Last of Us Part I.
We have The Last of Us Part I a 9/10 in our review when it launched on PS5, saying “The Last of Us Part I is, for all intents and purposes, the same The Last of Us that you know. It doesn’t take liberties to completely reshape the experience and nor should it. It does, however, smartly enhance the original’s combat through A.I. advancements, and drags the original’s production values over the line to create a product that can stand unified with its more polished sequel. The Last Of Us: Part I is without doubt the most definitive version of The Last of Us on the market.”