After it rather unceremoniously leaked overnight and this morning, Naughty Dog has officially unveiled The Last of Us Part II Remastered, a native PS5 version of the game that will come with visual enhancements, DualSense support and a wealth of new content including new modes and behind-the-scenes features.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered is launching on January 19th, 2024 and pre-orders will go live on December 5th including both a physical “W.L.F Edition” as well as an upgrade path for existing owners of the PS4 version of the game:
As previously revealed in the leaks, this new version of the game will feature enhanced visuals over the PS4 version including native 4K output in the Fidelity mode, 1440p upscaled to 4K in Performance mode and an unlocked framerate option for those playing on VRR-ready displays. There’s also increased texture quality, level-of-detail improvements, better shadows, animations and more along with improved loading times and DualSense features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
The game will also include brand-new modes and content including No Return, a “roguelike survival mode” that will put players in a series of randomised combat encounters with some characters fully playable for the first time and plenty of unlockables along with leaderboards – it essentially sounds a bit like Resident Evil’s Mercenaries mode with a roguelike spin.
There’s also a new Guitar Free Play mode where players can strum along with a bunch of different instruments and play with different effects as a range of characters in selectable environments for the ultimate mood-setting. Lost Levels will offer up new playable sequences originally cut from the game, along with develop commentary that will also feature optionally in the main game’s cutscenes.
All in all it sounds like a pretty comprehensive package. Here’s that first trailer again, this time from the official PlayStation channel:
Naughty Dog also revealed The Last of Us Part II Remastered W.L.F. Edition which is a physical release housed in an exclusive SteelBook case and featuring a number of included goodies with some nice nods to in-game collectibles. This version has been confirmed for a PlayStation Direct store release in select markets but not yet for local Aussie retail – we’ll update with more as it comes.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered W.L.F. Edition Includes:
The Last of Us Part II Remastered game
SteelBook display case
Four enamel pins
Washington Liberation Front patch
47 Society of Champions trading cards including 8 holographic cards
The PlayStation Blog post also reveals that there will be an upgrade path for those that own the PS4 version of the game, allowing them to upgrade to the Remastered version for $20 AUD. Save files from the PS4 version will also be transferrable to the new one.