Naughty Dog, developer of the sensational Uncharted series of video games for Sony, really makes me sit up and take notice of their projects. I am a huge fan of their games, as you can likely tell if you read my Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception review here on Comic Booked. Their amazing games blur the line between film and video game better than just about any other developer in the business. The fact that their games have been exclusive to Sony is enough reason in itself to own a PS3. While the next game in the Uncharted series (Uncharted: Golden Abyss) will not be from Naughty Dog and will debut on Sony’s new Vita handheld system; many fans may have been wondering if we had already seen the last Naughty Dog game for the PS3 system?
Last weekend at the Spike TV 2011 Video Game Awards Show, Sony and Naughty Dog unveiled a video for a new PlayStation 3 exclusive franchise titled: The Last of Us. This trailer is really exciting (I think I have watched it like ten times). The game looks like it will be an I am Legend flavored helping of action-packed survival-horror, done in the grand Naughty Dog tradition. I for one cannot wait! Check out the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet (or even if you have and can’t get enough, like me).
Sony had this to say in the obligatory press release:
LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC announced today The Last of Us, a new franchise created exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Developed by Naughty Dog, the creators of the highly acclaimed and best-selling UNCHARTED™ series, The Last of Us was unveiled in a world premiere trailer at the Spike TV 2011 Video Game Award Show.
The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Abandoned cities are being reclaimed by nature and the remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a brave teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.
“We are excited to finally unveil The Last of Us, a project the team has been working hard on for some time,” said Evan Wells, Co-President of Naughty Dog. “Naughty Dog’s mission is to change the way people experience videogames. We are confident The Last of Us will take a leap forward in cinematic gaming and storytelling, providing gamers with an experience unlike anything else in the industry.”
The Last of Us is developed by some of the industry most talented game designers including Bruce Straley, game director, and Neil Druckmann, creative director. Naughty Dog advanced to the forefront of the videogame industry in 1996 with the successful introduction of Crash Bandicoot on the original PlayStation…
Further information about the game as well as images and videos can be found at www.lastofus.com and www.naughtydog.com. The Last of Us is (RP) rating pending. For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.
No definite word as of yet, about when we can expect to get our hands on The Last of Us, but the development team has apparently been working on this title for some time. Now begins the eager and excruciating wait!