Sony squashes claims the survival game from Naughty Dog “The Last of Us” would be arriving this year.
2013 just got a whole lot more busy: Naughty Dog is releasing the Last of Us in 2013
I was blown away by The Last of Us, by Naughty Dog, during the Sony E3 conference. I’ve never seen something with such tension and need to survive – basically a better I Am Alive, where the ideas have been executed – and Sony has confirmed the game will be coming in 2013.
Instead, Naughty Dog’s new IP releases in 2013. Previously the release date had been set at a tentative late 2012/early 2013, which is about what we expect outside of an official confirmation. Sony, speaking to video game information website VG247, said that there won’t be a 2012 holiday rush for the game.
Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida said the company wasn’t ready to talk about its 2013 games, but said The Last of Us – and other titles such as the prequel God of War: Ascension – aren’t arriving until 2013. Yoshida didn’t explicitly say The Last of Us is coming in 2013; instead, he said the title isn’t arriving this year. Considering it was shown off on the PS3 hardware though, there’s no reason it won’t be arriving this generation.
Doubling Down on Vita?
On the PlayStation Vita, which has slumped worldwide and was barely supported by Sony during its conference, Sony said year two for the handheld – 2013 – is crucial. The company added it will continue to invest in first-party titles, and would like to see more publishers produce games like Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation. That and Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified are effectively add-on titles, with the latter rumored to be scrapped missions from the original Black Ops.
Regarding The Last of Us demo, it was very tense. We saw the two protagonists – Ellie and Joel – developing their relationships as they discussed the ruined world, climbing over ruined buildings and vehicles such as a bus. That was the quiet moment; after the two entered a ruined high-end hotel, Joel moved from room to room fighting scavengers. It wasn’t all action: some were used as human shield, some shot to face with a shotgun. Ellie even threw a brick.