The Last of Us Part 1 remake: Release date, platforms, PS5 upgrades & everything we know
A fully-fledged The Last of Us Part 1 remake is officially in the works following months of rumors and speculation. From its imminent release date to an early look at PS5 gameplay upgrades, here’s everything there is to know.
The original The Last of Us was released on PS3 back in 2013, combining survival horror, cinematic storytelling, and third-person gunplay into one spectacular package. The remastered PS4 version soon followed ahead of a sequel in 2020, though Naughty Dog isn’t stopping there.
With the franchise as popular as ever, the first-party PlayStation studio is doubling down on its success. Not only is a remake of the original game on the way, but so too is a standalone multiplayer title along with a live-action HBO series, and maybe a third game.
As the former is up first, it’s sure to reignite some passion in the fandom once before the following projects are released. Before it comes our way, here’s a full look at all we know about The Last of Us Part 1 remake.
- The Last of Us Part 1 remake release date
- The Last of Us Part 1 remake platforms
- The Last of Us Part 1 remake editions
- The Last of Us remake PS5 upgrades & new features
- The Last of Us Part 1 gameplay leaks
The Last of Us Part 1 remake: Release Date
The Last of Us Part 1 remake is set to launch on Friday, September 2, 2022. This marks a full decade since the game first captivated PlayStation fans back in 2013.
As you would expect, as soon as the release date rolls around, players around the globe will be able to jump in right away. Not just to the full Last of Us remake, but also to the standalone prequel chapter ‘Left Behind’ as well.
While September 2 marks the launch for the PS5 version, those eagerly awaiting the remake on PC will have to wait a little longer. More on that below.
Although the release date isn’t too far away, a Naughty Dog developer has explained that the game has been made without crunch.
The Last of Us Part 2 was overshadowed by reports of long working hours and weekend shifts, but this remake has maintained a healthy environment for devs while “hitting the same quality bar as TLOU2.”
The Last of Us Part 1 remake: Platforms
The Last of Us Part 1 remake is confirmed to release across both PS5 and PC, though not at the same time. While those on PS5 can jump in first, PC gamers have to keep patient.
Beyond the simple fact that it’s in development for PC, little else is known about the port. There’s currently no telling when it may arrive, nor what unique features it may include for the hardware.
We’re sure to learn more following the remake’s launch on PS5, however, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted right here as further details emerge.
The Last of Us Part 1 remake editions
With The Last of Us Part 1 remake, two unique editions are being made available at launch. The Standard Edition, priced at $69.99 USD includes the game itself along with Left Behind. Meanwhile, the Digital Deluxe Edition priced at $79.99 USD features a number of exclusive in-game boosts.
Here’s everything included in the Digital Deluxe Edition of The Last of Us Part 1 remake:
- Increased Crafting Speed Skill
- Increased Healing Speed Skill
- 9mm Reload Speed Increase Upgrade
- Rifle Clip Capacity Increase Upgrade
- Explosive Arrows Gameplay Modifier
- Dither Punk Filter
- Speedrun Mode
- Six Weapon Skins: Black Gold 9mm Pistol, Silver Filigree 9mm Pistol, Rubber Tactical Shotgun, Sculpted Oak Shotgun, Arctic White Bow, Carbon Black Bow
Furthermore, players that pre-order either edition will also receive a set amount of bonus Supplements and bonus Weapon Parts to upgrade skills and equipment respectively.
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The Last of Us Part 1 remake PS5 upgrades & new features
As a full remake, this new version of The Last of Us Part 1 upgrades not only the visuals but various gameplay systems too. From more intricate combat features akin to those seen in the sequel, to improved controls and a range of new accessibility options, there’s plenty on offer.
Players will have two graphics options to choose between on PS5. First is a native 4K option that targets 30 FPS, then there’s a dynamic 4K option that targets 60FPS.
The remake also looks to utilize PS5-specific features like haptic feedback, 3D audio, and adaptive triggers in the DualSense controller.
We also know for certain the new remake will come with over 60 accessibility features, topping the amount seen in the industry-leading Last of Us Part 2.
The Last of Us Part 1 gameplay leaks
Although official gameplay was scarce at first, early leaks months out from launch gave fans a first proper look at the remake in action. Various screenshots and clips from the first two chapters of the game revealed overhauled character models, new architecture inside quarantine zones, along with vastly improved lighting systems at work.
Footage from an early cutscene also showed the updated rendition of Joel in motion. For now, leaks have stuck to the early portion of the game. Though we could see plenty more spill out online in the days to come so if you’re still avoiding spoilers a decade removed from the original, be sure to stay cautious on social media.
Another substantial leak occurred on July 21, 2022, which revealed a hunk of new information about the game.
VGC revealed several clips including a shootout, Joel using one of the game’s workbenches, and also a gunfight in the game’s library section.
There was also, allegedly, a sneak peek at the game’s rumored customization settings with the game’s different frame-rate options being shown: Fidelity Mode, Performance Mode, and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) capabilities, though the latter is yet to be confirmed since this leaked build hit the web.
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