According to a report from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Naughty Dog are working on a remake of The Last of Us for the PlayStation 5
Yes, the same The Last of Us from 2013 for PS3 that was remastered just one year later for PS4 and has been played by everyone who could have possibly wanted to play it. That The Last of Us.
What’s Going On With This Remake?
Schreier’s report notes that members of Sony Corp.’s Visual Arts Service Group decided to form their own development group to become more directly involved with making games. Led by Michael Mumbauer, the 30-strong group were slated to work on a remake for The Last of Us in 2019 with them even developing a section of the game that would showcase their work so far.
However, Herman Hulst, apparently unhappy with the budget on the remake, moved the developers over to help out with the second game. Once The Last of Us Part II was finished, members of Naughty Dog then joined the group with them getting less and less say on the project before Naughty Dog basically just assumed control of the project.
As well as this small bombshell, the report states that Naughty Dog were also working on a new Uncharted game alongside Sony Bend, who won’t be getting a chance to develop a sequel to Days Gone and asked to be taken off Uncharted for fear that they would get absorbed.
Does The Last of Us Even Really Need A Remake?
No, no it doesn’t. This is coming from someone who plays it once a year and marvels at how well it still holds up each time. It should, really, as it’s not even eight years old yet.
The AAA industry, particularly when it comes to blockbusters, can lose track of what’s important. A remake of The Last of Us seems entirely wasteful, especially when you consider how Sony have shuttered some of their quirkier studios in recent times to make more room in the budget for their biggest games.
Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something inherently cynical and worryingly cyclical about a The Last of Us remake. Where does it end? When do we get more weird games like Dreams and The Puppeteer from Sony? There has to be that balance, but right now it’s pretty heavily skewed towards the stars.
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