Evidence of a PS5 version of The Last Of Us Part 2 has been found within the PlayStation Store database, with a possible launch next month.
Every time there’s a new State of Play, or general preview event, PlayStation fans start to hope that this will be the moment that Sony breaks their year long vow of silence and finally announces some new single-player games.
The Game Awards on December 8 is the last chance it’ll happen this year and now there’s evidence that they will reveal… the least interesting new release possible.
Convincing rumours of a native PlayStation 5 version of The Last Of Us Part 2, featuring at least some new content, have been around for months and now there’s definite proof that it exists and is probably going to be released soon.
News of the new version of the game was first leaked in July, when composer Gustavo Santaolalla talked about a ‘new edition’ of the game where you can ‘make me play certain themes.’
Santaolalla is a background character in the original game but was not someone you could interact with, which seems to have changed in the new version.
That was pretty convincing in itself, because we’re assuming Gustavo Santaolalla is not a Sony troll who goes around making stuff up at random, but then in October a reference to the new version turned up on a Naughty Dog developer’s LinkedIn profile.
And now, a dataminer has discovered a native version of the game has been added to the PlayStation Store database, which not only means it’s real but implies it’s going to be released relatively soon.
The obvious assumption is that it’s going to be officially announced at The Game Awards on December 8 and while Sony don’t usually go in for shadow drops it’s even possible it could be released then, since it’s already in the store.
However, none of these leaks make it any clearer what exactly the game is. The Last Of Us Part 2 has already had a PlayStation 5 patch, that increases the frame rate to 60fps, and it’s only three years old, so the graphics haven’t really aged much – despite it being a PlayStation 4 game.
Santaolalla’s comments imply that new dialogue has been added but at the moment there’s no way of knowing how much and if there are any new story or gameplay sequences.
Clearly, it’s the success of the HBO TV show that’s inspired the new version, rather than any actual need for it as a game, with many fans already upset that developer Naughty Dog wasted their time with The Last Of Us Part 1 for PlayStation 5.
Speaking of the show, supposedly Justified actress Kaitlyn Dever is now the front runner for the role of Abby. Although that seems an odd choice as not only is she not very muscular, but she looks so similar to the original video game version of Ellie that she originally auditioned for the TV role.
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