It's coming to HBO, the series has just surpassed 37 million units sold, and concept art for its multiplayer game has been made public.
The year 2023 may be a big year for The Last of Us.
Naughty Dog, the creator of the original game, has shown concept art for the future multiplayer game just as the HBO series based on it is ready to premiere. And, as you might anticipate, the artwork is stunning. also crazy mostly fantastic, though.
What we do know about The Last of Us's future is as follows:
A cruise ship can be seen in concept drawings for multiplayer.
In a blog post commemorating the franchise's tenth anniversary on Tuesday, Naughty Dog, the company that created the first game and launched it in 2013, shared a picture of the concept art for the upcoming multiplayer game (more on that in a bit).
A cruise ship that has run aground in a city and appears to have been there for some time is depicted in the artwork, which is surrounded by decayed buildings and buses. The ship is being approached by two figures.
The game "is shaping up to be a fresh, new experience from our studio, but one anchored in Naughty Dog's enthusiasm for providing fantastic stories, characters, and gameplay," according to Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann.
It's the second piece of concept art for the multiplayer game that Naughty Dog has made public.
The first piece of concept art, which showed two armed players on a rooftop overlooking a deserted cityscape with a suspension bridge in the distance, was made public in June of last year.
Factions, a multiplayer feature in the original game, divided players into two groups: Hunters and Fireflies. (While many are calling the upcoming game Factions in honor of the first multiplayer title from 2013, Naughty Dog hasn't used that name yet.) Keeping a group of survivors alive was the main objective.
In 2023, the series marks its tenth anniversary.
It's hard to believe, but The Last of Us launched on the PlayStation 3 in June 2013. From the beginning, it was a major favorite of both critics and players, praised for its narrative, gameplay, and especially its horrifying images of a destroyed Earth populated by mutated, zombie-like humanity.
The plot of the series centers on a journey done by Ellie, a teenage girl who is resistant to the infection, and Joel, a man who lost his daughter to a fatal fungus decades previously and who now travels with Ellie. As Joel tries to get Ellie to the Fireflies, a group that is working on a cure, they experience a number of terrible incidents.
More than 37 million games in the The Last of Us series have been sold.
According to Druckmann's blog post, as of December 2022, more over 37 million copies of The Last of Us series had been sold.
The Last of Us Remastered for PlayStation 4 from 2014, the Left Behind expansion pack from the same year, and Part II from 2020 are also included in the series.
In 2022, The Last of Us Part I was made available for the PlayStation 5. In March, it will be available on Windows PCs.
The fact that so many of you have loved and experienced Joel, Ellie, and the rest of the ensemble, according to Druckmann, "drives the entire studio forward."
The HBO show premieres on January 15.
All of this is taking place as the HBO live-action television series based on the game is about to premiere.
The Last of Us, starring Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, will debut on January 15.