One of the most exciting things about the just-revealed Remastered version of The Last of Us Part II for PS5 is that, among the obvious graphical embellishments, it’s also going to include a bunch of added content that includes whole new modes, fun new features and even a collection of levels that never made it into the final game.
Those hoping to learn more about what some of this new stuff involves are in luck, as PlayStation has published an official page for the game which shines just a little more light on everything. Here’s what it says:
New Content Coming In The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered
No Return – A roguelike survival mode
Experience deep combat via an entirely new mode! Survive as long as you can in each run as you choose your path through a series of randomised encounters featuring different foes and memorable locations from throughout The Last of Us Part II, all culminating in tense boss battles.
Unique gameplay modifiers can offer new and unexpected challenges as you fight to succeed – and survive – in a host of different encounter types. Play as a variety of characters including never-before-playable characters like Dina, Jesse, Lev, Tommy and more, each with unique traits to offer different playstyles, and unlock skins for them as you progress to use in the mode.
Delve deeper into this beloved adventure and learn how the original game was created. Lost Levels let you explore early-development versions of three new levels not seen in the original The Last of Us Part II: Sewers, Jackson Party and Boar Hunt. Enjoy hours of new developer commentary about The Last of Us Part II’s development as you experience the game.
The beautiful yet dangerous world of The Last of Us Part II Remastered is brought to new life on the PS5. This version features increased texture resolution, increased Level-of-Detail distances, improved shadow quality, animation sampling rate, and more. The Last of Us Part II Remastered also makes full use of the DualSense wireless controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers to allow every weapon to feel distinct and convey an increased sense of presence in your surroundings as you explore the snowy mountains of Jackson and the rain-drenched city streets of Seattle.
Visual performance now includes native 4K output in Fidelity Mode, 1440p upscaled to 4K in Performance Mode, and an Unlocked Framerate option for TVs that support VRR. The Last of Us Part II Remastered also includes improved load times to let you jump right back into the action. Descriptive Audio and Speech to Vibrations have also been added to The Last of Us Part II Remastered’s suite of accessibility features.
Other New Features
Live up to your musical potential with Guitar Free Play, which includes new instruments, or take on the new Speedrun Mode and post your best times.
Take incredible Photo Mode shots with additions like dynamic lighting, Frame Forward, and Gaze Direction, as well as new frame and logo options.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered also features brand new unlockable character and weapon skins for players to use for both Ellie and Abby.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered launches on PS5 on January 19th, 2024. Pre-orders open on December 5th and a $20 AUD upgrade will be available for those that already own the game on PS4.