After a series of leaks, the video game studio has officially confirmed that the remastered version of The Last of Us Part II will be released on January 19, 2024 for the PS5, while PS4 owners will be able to upgrade the game for $10. PlayStation has released a trailer for the game on its official YouTube channel, and the game brings a new “roguelike” mode called “No Return.”
It looks like the biggest addition to the game will be the aforementioned mode, which is designed to allow players to show off their skills in random encounters and “experience the combat of The Last of Us Part II in a fresh way”, according to Jonathon Dornbusch of Naughty Dog Studios.
Players will have the opportunity to meet new characters and go through “a variety of stealth and combat encounters that will pit them against a variety of enemies, with unique twists that can add new, unexpected factors to each encounter,” according to the blog post.
In terms of technical improvements, Dornbusch says the game offers native 4K output in “fidelity” mode, 1440p upscaling to 4K in “performance” mode, and if you’re using a VRR-capable TV, there’s an option to unlock the frame rate setting. You can also expect improved load times and DualSense controller features like haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
There’s also a new free-to-play guitar mode with other unlockable instruments, giving you the chance to experience some unfinished levels that were cut from the original game.
If you already own The Last of Us Part II on PS4, you can upgrade to the Remastered digital version for just $10. You can also transfer your save files from the original version to the new version.
The Last of Us Part II was first launched for PS4 in 2020, and received a PS5 optimization in 2021. Sony then released a “remake” version of The Last of Us Part I for PS5 last year, and in two months we have a new one waiting for us version of the Part II title.