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Following a week of leaks, Naughty Dog has finally shared some official footage and details of features fans can expect in The Last of Us Part I.
In the almost eleven minute video, various members of the studio speak on the remake. Creative director Shaun Escayg, game director Matthew Gallant and, of course, Naughty Dog president Neil Druckmann all appear to talk us through the game. An accompanying PlayStation blog also works to counter claims earlier this week that the remake would feature “no gameplay improvements”.
These include some brand new fan requested modes for players to challenge themselves with Permadeath and Speedrun modes. There’ll be plenty of new costumes to unlock to dress Joel and Ellie in, and there’s a model viewer. Accessibility is also getting a huge upgrade, adding plenty of features from Part II. In fact, The Last of Us Part I will also include full audio description built into the cinematics for the first time.
Other new features include taking full advantage of the PlayStation 5’s features like 3D audio. And of course, the DualSense controller features will be getting a workout, including haptic feedback on all weapons and adaptive triggers making the bow feel better than ever. On top of those, the new hardware affords the team plenty of leeway graphically with things like improved physics. There’s even AI upgrades, which Naughty Dog say means AI characters will behave in a more believable manner.
You can check out the full video for yourself down below. The Last of Us Part I lands on the PlayStation 5 on September 2, 2022. A version for the PC is also in development.