The widely rumored PS5 remake of The Last of Us could be released as soon as “this holiday”, according to a recent report.
The report comes from GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb as part of the May 18 episode of Kind of Funny Gamescast. “I keep hearing it’s coming out this year […] The Last of Us is doing this holiday again, yes,” Grubb said during the episode. “I’m pretty confident about that too. […] I think it’s probably one of their big holiday games this year.
In response to the idea that this would be a quick release for Naughty Dog, Grubb pointed out that “The Last of Us Part 2 came out a while ago”, adding, “it’s a pretty efficient machine and well oiled at Naughty Dog and they wouldn’t have to overdo it because that’s the whole point is that it’s a game they could update very quickly.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of a potential second-half 2022 release date for a PS5 remake of The Last of Us. industry, Tom Henderson, reported that he had heard from multiple sources that the remake was “almost done”; a claim supported by VGC, which said it heard similar information from its own sources.
Even before that, a 2021 report from Bloomberg claimed that a PS5 remake of The Last of Us was in the works. In that report, it was said that Sony’s visual arts studio initially worked on the remake before Naughty Dog took over the project. That was quite a while ago now, although no potential release date was mentioned at the time.
Analysis: Still waiting for something official
There have been many credible reports surrounding the idea of a PS5 remake of The Last of Us, but we still haven’t heard anything official from PlayStation or Naughty Dog. A remake makes sense though.
Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann said earlier this year that the studio has “several game projects” in progress that he’s “dying to share”, so it’s possible that a PS5 remake of The Last of Us could be part of it. The game was originally released for PS3 in 2013 before being remastered for PS4 the following year. Would a jump to PS5 be so surprising? It’s an approach that seems to work for Grand Theft Auto 5.
Apart from that, there is currently a Last of Us TV show in the works for HBO, which is due out next year. It’s possible that the game and the TV show could benefit from each other, with Grubb addressing this later in the episode:
“As long as this thing is relatively fresh and there on the shelves,” he explains, “it should see a boost when it comes out. And then when the show comes out, another boost. That’s their waiting.”
As it stands, The Last of Us PS5 remake is still only part of the rumor mill, with no official confirmation from Sony or Naughty Dog to speak of. That said, as Summer Game Fest approaches, we are expects exciting announcements from across the games industry over the next month. Could this be one of them?
Something we at least know Naughty Dog is working on, however, is a standalone multiplayer version for the series. The naughty dog revealed he would sit separately from The Last of Us 2 in 2019, explaining that “the team’s vision grew beyond an additional mode.” In September 2021, the studio provided an update, confirming that the project was still in development and was “in full swing in hiring for MP-related positions.” For now, it has no release date.