Naughty Dog officially unveiled The Last of Us at the Spike Video Game Awards over the weekend, an all-new PlayStation 3-exclusive from the Uncharted developer currently in development. So far, we know little besides what we’ve seen in the début trailer, except for these facts: it’s set in a post-apocalyptic United States, populated by deranged and disfigured humans, á la “I Am Legend”; it’s a “survival horror action-adventure” game; it’s going to have a “Mature” age certificate in the US.
Much of this is evident in the trailer (see above), which shows a cutscene rendered in real-time on a PlayStation 3. As you’ve probably come to expect of Naughty Dog, the game looks visually stunning, and some blogs have already pointed out the amount of detail in the characters’ models and animations is outstanding, even when compared to Uncharted 3. We can also see the stronger graphic content compared to Uncharted - a corpse drips blood into a puddle, a disfigured human is shot in the head, and so on. Naughty Dog’s first “M-rated” title is clearly making the most of its new-found artistic freedom.
“The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character driven tale about a modern plague decimating mankind,” reads part of a PlayStation Blog entry by Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells, giving some insight to the game’s storyline. The lead characters, Ellie (the girl who resembles “Juno” actress Ellen Page) and Joel, are voiced by Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker respectively.
“Nature encroaches upon civilization, forcing remaining survivors to kill for food, weapons and whatever they can find,” continues Wells’ description of the game. “Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.”
We’re not likely to learn much more before the new year, so for now we’ll have to remain content with these snippets, and the début trailer, which you can check out using the HTML5 video player above. If it doesn’t display, confirm you’re using a capable browser, such as the latest version of Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, or Opera. You can also find out more about the game on our game page here.