Well, it didn’t take long between The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered getting leaked to Sony Officially announcing its existence. The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered was officially announced late yesterday on the PlayStation Blog, and it’s coming to PS5 on January 19, 2024.
The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered Quick Facts
- Will be the definitive way to experience the sequel
- If you own the PS4 version you can upgrade for £10/$10
- Will include a new roguelike survival mode called No Return
- Will have a Guitar Free Play mode
- Will have playable “lost levels” previously cut from the game
- Releases on January 19th 2024
The original The Last of Us Part 2 was released in 2020 and was a critically acclaimed sequel to The Last of Us. Much like how The Last of Us Part 1 remake was billed as the “definitive” version of the game. The Last of Us Part 2 will also be the definitive way to experience the sequel.
The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered will also feature playable “lost levels” that were previously cut from the game. The levels aren’t fully finished though and are in an early development state and will feature developer commentary.
And for both new and returning players interested in learning more, we’ve designed Part II Remastered to offer a comprehensive dive behind-the-scenes of how our studio brought this game to life. A new set of Lost Levels in Part II Remastered allow players a unique chance to check out some playable sequences previously cut from the game. These aren’t fully finished levels, but rather early-development slices that not only let you see some new glimpses of Part II’s world, but also include embedded developer commentary to give them richer context. Explore these spaces and hear directly from the team about the intention of aspects of each level – this is a unique inclusion for our studio and we’re excited to allow players a glimpse into the creative process.
Ellie’s playable guitar sections in the original game were a fan favourite feature. Many players spent hours making covers with Ellie strumming away at the guitar. Fans of Ellie’s guitar sections will be pleased to know that this mode returns in The Last of Us Part 2 even bigger and better. A Guitar Free Play Mode has been introduced that will let you strum the strings of various unlockable instruments. You can also use FC pedals to modulate your guitar playing and you can choose from different characters and in-game locations. The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is worth getting for this alone.
Naughty Dog says that The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is designed to “let you dig deeper into both its development and mechanics.” The Last of Us Part 2’s combat mechanics are some of the best and the remastered game will include a new roguelike survival mode called No Return that will let players experience The Last of Us Part 2’s combat in a fresh experience.
Here are the details on the new mode straight from Naughty Dog.
The mode includes a host of playable characters to choose from – some playable for the first time in The Last of Us franchise (which you may have spotted in our trailer) – who each come with their own traits to suit different playstyles. Players will chart their own course on each run, choosing between various stealth and combat encounters that will pit you against a range of enemies, with unique twists that can add new, unexpected factors to any given encounter.
Each run will offer a new chance to decide what rewards you get after each encounter, how you spec out your character, and more. Unlock more characters, skins, and more as you progress to use in the mode, customize your own runs, and compete on a global leaderboard as part of a Daily Run. We’re excited to share more about No Return as we get closer to launch.
The Last of Us Part 2 – Remastered for a New Generation
As well as the exciting No Return and Guitar Free Play modes, Part 2 remastered is a way for new and returning players to experience the game all over again. As you would expect from a remaster of this calibre The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered will have enhanced graphics. This includes native 4K output in fidelity mode, 1440p upscaled to 4K1 in Performance Mode, and an Unlocked Framerate option for TVs that support VRR.
The remaster will also have increased texture resolution and increased level-of-detail distances, improved shadows, improved animation sampling rate, and more. Part 2 remastered takes advantage of the power of PS5 with improved loading times and will have DualSense haptic and adaptive trigger integration.
But that’s not all, The Last of Us Part 2 remastered will not only bring the amazing accessibility options from the PS4 version but will have some new additions. New accessibility options include descriptive audio and speech to vibrations, which uses the DualSense to indicate character speech and cadence.
For Virtual Photographers, Part 2 Remastered will include some cool photo mode features from The Last of Us Part 1. These include dynamic lighting, frame forward and gaze direction. As well as new frame and logo options.
Price, Pre-Orders, Editions and Release Date
PlayStation hasn’t divulged the standalone price of The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered yet. But the good news is that if you own the game on PS4 you can upgrade to the digital version for $10, so probably £10/€10.
It is not known if The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered will get a standalone physical version. But there will be The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered W.L.F Edition.
Sony has;t revealed the price of the W.L.F edition but it will be available through PlayStation DIrect only it seems and will be available in select regions. The W.L.F Edition includes a SteelBook display case, four enamel pins, a Washington Liberation Front Patch, and a total of 47 Society of Champions trading cards, including eight holographic cards.
Pre-orders for Part 2 Remastered Standard Edition and the W.L.F Edition will begin on December 5th.
The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered comes to PS5 on January 19th 2024.