Yesterday, a new report from Bloomberg revealed that Sony was commissioning some of its smaller studios to do Naughty Dog’s busy work. Bend and a new unnamed studio were at one point supposed to support Naughty Dog on projects like Last of Us 2 multiplayer, a new Uncharted game, but perhaps most notably, a remaster of The Last of Us, which is reportedly still in the works. Classes. .
It raised quite a bit of eyebrows, given that The Last of Us Part 2 just released last year, The Last of Us 1 feels like it wasn’t released so long ago, and it has already been remastered once.
How long ago has been The last of us? It can make you feel a bit old. The game debuted on PS3 in 2013. The Last of Us Remastered was released the following year in 2014, which was to coincide with the launch of the PS4. But the game has continued to benefit from performance fixes and improvements since then.
The idea is that the Last of Us remake would be done on the Last of Us Part 2 engine and look like “this good” as a result.
And yet, going back in time, even since the PS3 era, The Last of Us has always been visually ahead of its time. Here’s Digital Foundry’s PS3 vs. PS4 testing the remaster:
And what the remaster looked like after other fixes a little over four years ago:
In short, I agree with everyone who says more or less that it seems both unnecessary and too early. In my estimation, the remakes / remasters should be quite transformative, and not really focus on the series where a sequel has just been released in the past year. A concrete example would be Diablo 2 Resurrected, a extremely Transformative retouch of Vicarious Visions for Blizzard:
Or the legendary edition of Mass Effect, where the first game was released in 2007, and it’s the first time everything about the trilogy has been fully remastered.
But Last of Us from 2013, who has ever seen a remastered? Even though that was still eight years ago, it seems like a misuse of resources, as does the idea that the Uncharted games could be the next ones, which again, already looked good back then. and have already been remastered once. These little studios should be cultivating their own games, not remaking old things that don’t need to be remade for Naughty Dog as they work on new projects.
The remake of The Last of Us is yet to be officially announced, so who knows if it will come true in the end. It’s a huge selling streak and I imagine Sony thinks it’s probably a good way to make some solid money from the fanbase with a reissue. I mean, we’re about to have a third generation GTA 5, probably, so they’re not alone.
And yet, it is weird and bad. I say don’t. Let these studios work on new projects and let Naughty Dog keep making new games.
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