The Last of Us dev address backlash amid Part 2: Remastered release

Eleni Thomas
The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered features various Gambits to unlock

Controversy surrounding the release of The Last of Us Part 2: Remastered has been addressed and challenged by a member of the Naughty Dog dev team.

The Last of Us Part 2: Remastered is set to release on January 19, 2024. This updated version of the game comes only four years after the initial launch of the sequel, a detail that many gamers have taken issue with online.

While the remastered version of the game includes new features, game modes, and more, fans have been calling out developer Naughty Dog for re-releasing a game that is not even half a decade old.

Some called the company the “most wasted developer in gaming” for focusing on re-releasing old titles rather than prioritizing new content and IP.

The Last of Us Part 2: Remastered
The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered comes just a few years on from the original game’s release.

However, in a new interview with VGC, Naughty Dog dev Matthew Gallant addressed the backlash surrounding the upcoming The Last of Us: Part 2 remaster, stating he doesn’t understand fans’ “consternation” around its announcement.

“I don’t understand some of the consternation about what The Last of Us Part 2: Remastered offers,” he began. “It’s the best way to play The Last of Us Part 2.”

Gallant then added that the remaster also gives players the chance to dive into the game for the first time as well as providing PlayStation 5 owners the chance to replay the game on the current gen console.

“If you’re a new PlayStation owner and new to the franchise we want to get you the best experience with all the hardware features on a PS5 native version of the game. My sense is there’s an audience for this for whom the idea of a PS5 version is thrilling. I’m also speaking for myself. I’m excited we can bring this to the fans, and if it’s not for everyone, that’s fine.”

The Last of Us Part 2: Remastered is set to arrive on PlayStation 5 on January 19, 2024.