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The Last of Us Part 2 could see an early digital release

Published: 6/Apr/2020 20:30

by Alan Bernal

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Sony and Naughty Dog are looking for ways to deliver the highly anticipated title, The Last of Us 2, to audiences in a “fair” way which could include a digital release.

The indefinite delay for The Last of Us 2 tugged at the heartstrings for the millions of players waiting for the next installment of Joel and Ellie’s story.

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Due to the current worldwide situation, Naughty Dog has to “sit on [The Last of Us 2] for a little bit,” since the game is basically all there, but is lacking a reliable strategy to get it to its worldwide audience.

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Both players and developers were gearing up for The Last of Us 2’s release before the delay.

But not all hope is lost. Vice President of Naughty Dog and writer/director Neil Druckmann said that the industry is still reacting to the changes in retail chains, and that a final decision hadn’t been made.

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While the circumstances for physical copies of the game are certainly going to be affected, an online release is something that has been looked at.

“Whether we can get physical copies to people, is the internet infrastructure there to support in all countries?” he said on the PlayStation Blogcast.

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The Last of Us 2 was initially scheduled for a May 29, 2020 release.

The online avenue would seem like the most direct way to handle the complication of a worldwide release, though it isn’t without its faults.

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“You know, this is a worldwide game that people in every country are waiting for, and we want to make sure we’re fair,” Druckmann said. “If we just get it to like a small fraction of people, what does that do to all the people that don’t get it?”

It’s a tricky situation for everyone involved.

Players are anticipating the next chapter of Joel and Ellie’s story.

For the creators, the last thing they want is to make the biggest game in the new decade available for some players and not others.

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For partnered retailers, they wouldn’t want to see some channels sell the game when they literally can’t.

For the player, it would suck if your pre-ordered physical copy has been delayed just to have to buy it again as a digital release.

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Naughty Dog will use the delay to give The Last of Us 2 a final “polish” for whenever it releases.

Or if you do plan on buying it digitally, how would the PlayStation Network hold up as everyone rushes to download the game?

A situation could arise where some are able to download TLOU2 while others are stuck waiting for PSN to revive, which circles back to the creator’s concern.

“So we’re right now looking at all sorts of different options,” Druckmann said. “What’s the best way to get it to all of our fans as soon as possible? But that’s gonna take time for us to shift and figure things out.”

An episodic digital release could help ease the strain of downloads, but that’s nowhere near ideal or feasible for both fans and developers to go through.

A bright, albeit small, silver-lining in this “frustrating” situation for Druckmann is that the devs “are at the one-yard line” with The Last of Us 2 and are “taking their time [due to the delay] to review each section to make it Naughty Dog quality.”

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What we know about The Last of Us HBO TV show – cast, release date, more

Published: 25/Sep/2020 21:48 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 21:49

by Brent Koepp

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Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us is officially getting a TV adaptation, thanks to television genius HBO. Here is everything we know about it, including cast, release date, and more.

First released in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and later released on PS4, The Last Of Us is often regarded as the best zombie game of all time, as well as the best PS exclusive. It follows the story of Joel after an outbreak of the Cordyceps fungus takes over the United States. He is tasked with transporting Ellie, a young girl who is immune to the disease, across the country in hopes of developing a cure.

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Following the success of the first title, Naughty Dog announced a sequel to the zombie survival action game which was released on June 19. Furthermore, television network HBO is also creating a TV show based on the series, and ND Vice President Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin are on board to write and executive produce it.

Cast, characters & director

In March 2020, Home Box Office announced that they were taking on the project, and its first director has since been revealed. Breaking Bad and Chernobyl director Johan Renck is set to helm the pilot episode, as told in an interview with Discussing Film.

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“It’s an ongoing TV series. So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot,” he said.

Not all of the cast and characters are known so far, though Joel and Ellie will obviously play a huge part. Who will be taking on their roles is currently unknown.

In a tweet on March 8, Naughty Dog Vice President Neil Druckmann confirmed that Riley from Left Behind will be in the show, as well as Tess, Maria, and Marlene.

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“And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ****, and a few others!” he tweeted, blocking out another character with four square emojis. Now that Part II has been released, we know that he was referring to Abby.

On September 22, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hinted that he may be portraying Joel in the upcoming series. While he didn’t outright say he was playing him, he also didn’t deny it when asked and even mentioned that he had just gotten his hands on Part II. Only time will tell if it comes true.

Release date

There’s no current release date set for the show, but considering the fact they’ve yet to announce casting, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume a release date of late 2021, or even 2022.

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Craig Mazin revealed during his weekly podcast Scriptnotes that production wouldn’t start until Part II of the game had released. “We can’t start on it right away because [Naughty Dog is] still finishing up the second game, but pretty soon,” he said.

The Last of Us Part II was released on June 19, but given the current state of events, it’s unclear as to whether production for the show will start any time soon.

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The popular PlayStation 4 tile will bring its brutal story to HBO.

The plot

In March, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the series will cover the events from the first game, with the “possibility” of it delving into Part II in the future.

Whether it will continue past the events of both games is currently unknown, but speaking to GameSpot, Troy Baker, Joel’s voice actor, claimed that the show could have “three to four” seasons to match the pace of the game.

We can only hope that HBO doesn’t rush through it… *cough* like the final season of Game of Thrones *cough*