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Naughty Dog Reveals The Last of Us at 2011 VGAs

Evan Wells's Avatar + Posted by Evan Wells on Dec 10, 2011 // Co-President, Naughty Dog

The Last of Us for PS3

Videos have been flying around all week about a new PS3 exclusive called The Last of Us. It was revealed at this year’s VGAs and we’re very excited to confirm that The Last of Us is developed by Naughty Dog Inc, the creators behind the UNCHARTED, Jak and Daxter, and Crash Bandicoot series. Neil Druckmann, Creative director and Bruce Straley, Game Director chime in below to divulge what The Last of Us is all about.

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. Nature encroaches upon civilization, forcing remaining survivors to kill for food, weapons and whatever they can find. 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 hope this teaser trailer has whet your appetite. We’re excited we can finally begin to peel back the curtain on The Last of Us and discuss how we’ve been working as a two team studio. For further information about The Last of Us, the PlayStation.Blog will be the first place to hear about this exciting new title from some of the industry’s most talented game designers.

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232 Comments

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+ MY—-SKILLS on December 10th, 2011 at 9:56 pm said:

for the love of god I LOVE PLAYSTATION!!!!!


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+ MY—-SKILLS on December 10th, 2011 at 9:57 pm said:

does Naughty Dog ever disappoint? I think not


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+ Crusty_Taco on December 10th, 2011 at 9:57 pm said:

My ps3 was stolen man. I just got home from work, and its gone..


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+ Crusty_Taco on December 10th, 2011 at 10:00 pm said:

MW3 was in that sh#$$%^


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+ KGH on December 10th, 2011 at 10:06 pm said:

ugh. when will we see another crash bandicoot?


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+ ElektroDragon on December 10th, 2011 at 10:24 pm said:

You should have licensed 28 Days Later and turned that into a Naughty Dog game…. that would be so incredible!


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+ RockLeeX on December 10th, 2011 at 10:28 pm said:

Will this game have multiplayer?


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+ Sephir007 on December 10th, 2011 at 10:42 pm said:

Really nice, I hope to see more information soon, Awesome graphics!!


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+ shadysaiyanz on December 10th, 2011 at 10:44 pm said:

Yeah… I was SOOOOO excited before i started watching the trailer, the ND logo popped up and im like YESS! and as i was watching i got even more excited to see Ellen Paige because she’s a good fit for anything, but then i noticed what was going on and what kind of game it was and i pretty much lost interest and then on top of that *drum roll*it’s in good ol’ generic New York city just like EVERYTHING ELSE!!!…. totally disappointed and upset that ND would jump into a survival game, there are enough already, could have waited until it was saturated out.. kind of hard for me to call myself a ND fan right now.. Makes me thing that all those loopholes in U3 were because this games needed to be worked on ASAP..


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+ thebgj on December 10th, 2011 at 10:45 pm said:

Holly cow that looks amazing. although i really hate videos when they are not actual gameplay. Is it just me or does that girl look exactly like Ellen Page….the main girl from Juno….maybe she will play her in the movie.


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+ shadysaiyanz on December 10th, 2011 at 10:46 pm said:

Also, Zombies or Brain infected people or not, the behavior is exactly the same..


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+ xX_HyP3R547_Xx on December 10th, 2011 at 10:49 pm said:

WOW! This game looks amazing! ND never disappoints with their games. ND is one of the best developers ever and one of the very devs that know how to develop for the PS3.


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+ xX_HyP3R547_Xx on December 10th, 2011 at 10:50 pm said:

very few^^^


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+ Enigma777 on December 10th, 2011 at 10:59 pm said:

Oh man, that looks amazing! If Naughty Dog is talking, you can bet I’m gonna listen!


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+ DrPhiill on December 10th, 2011 at 11:35 pm said:

a game kinda set like I am legend! cant go wrong, specially when its ND doing it! cant wait to hear more about this game! Thank you ND and Sony for another game to look forward to!


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+ TheGuardianFID on December 11th, 2011 at 12:24 am said:

Saw it, loved it, SOLD, I know a quality product when I see it! 8)


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+ extermin8or_ on December 11th, 2011 at 12:42 am said:

Is it open world? or more open than uncharted? I hope so the linearality of uncharted works for uncharted but I think if this were to be quite open it would work so much better :D


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+ slydaniels on December 11th, 2011 at 2:12 am said:

Soooooo what ever happened to “we do one franchise per console” I’ll buy this but now I’m expectations for Jak 4 are only gonna skyrocket, 7 years is long enough.

@ Okay that makes no since, like at the last E3 the CEO of PS said “I have gotten tons and tons of emails about when this franchise was gonna return” of course he was talking about Sly, yet Sony still says Sly, Jak and Ratchet are not marketable. Then why do so many people want it, try marketing that?

Jak done by the Uncharted Team would mean that Jak would become a AAA game again and with all the money and detail they put in to Uncharted and with the addition of elements from Uncharted, Jak would be a big hit with not only the older Jak fans but also the younger Uncharted fans.


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+ slydaniels on December 11th, 2011 at 2:12 am said:

Oh Sorry *@ 29*


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+ Carl-G on December 11th, 2011 at 2:16 am said:

I LOVE PS3 EXCLUSIVES! ! ! :P :P :P (i just thought i say that loudly ) LoL


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+ Clark_kent01 on December 11th, 2011 at 2:19 am said:

Oh another amazing game from naughty dog is coming, just like uncharted series i know this one will be awesome too


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+ cuzzybaby on December 11th, 2011 at 2:20 am said:

This game looks just amazing. Naughty Dog at it’s best. By the way i came across a post where it was said that LOU is at it’s fifth developing year, which means it is going to be a BLAST!


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+ Ryuhza on December 11th, 2011 at 3:08 am said:

Washimul needs to be institutionalized, as he clearly has brain damage and a poor grip on reality.

Also should give up overzealous trolling.


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+ Sky715762 on December 11th, 2011 at 3:33 am said:


Cant wait for this =O


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+ tonydamiani on December 11th, 2011 at 4:09 am said:

O M G ! ! ! !

So UC is dead? :( Long Live Uncharted


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+ iZalman007 on December 11th, 2011 at 5:09 am said:

Naughty Dog, Naughty Dog… My favorite developer of all time along with Nintendo themselves… I’ve grown up with all your games, and I liked them all at first sight. This one, however, is the first time I’m disappointed with your approach.

I’m happy for you since you’re probably very excited to release this game, but it’s just not for me. I know it’s a personal thing and that I can’t speak for everyone regarding this, but I really wish you’d go back to your platforming roots. I miss Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter – actually, I miss cartoony games in general. Those are the games I grew up with, and I’d love to see some new franchises like those.

I loved Uncharted as well, but this game doesn’t seem as exciting to me. I’m interested to see how it turns out, and I might even end up liking it. Right now, though, I’m disappointed to see that YOU’re the developer of this game. If someone had told me only yesterday that Naughty Dog were the ones developing The Last of Us, I would’ve laughed at them. Hard. And then I’d bet a few bucks.

[to be continued]


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+ iZalman007 on December 11th, 2011 at 5:10 am said:

[continued]

What I do like, however, is the fact that you’re expanding your developer team like Insomniac did. This means you can release more different games faster than ever. I applaud you for that decision.

The decision of making The Last of Us, however, is a completely different story. Hopefully the Uncharted team will release the 4th installment of Uncharted or Jak in 2013… or maybe even a brand new series, preferably more of a platformer and less of a shooter.


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+ OleGunnar on December 11th, 2011 at 5:47 am said:

@shadysaiyanz

“hard to call myself a ND fan right now”

This is just hilaruous. You are claiming to hate a game of which all you have seen is a teaser trailer. No one has even seen gameplay. You have no idea exactly what this game is or how it is going to play. Also, you make absurd claims about this game being the cause of “loopholes” in UC3. What? They already stated there is a second, dedicated team working on this.

Here is the truth. You are not a REAL Naughty Dog fan. You are a whiner and complainer. If you were a REAL Naughty Dog fan you would have faith in their abilities and be excited for this new IP. People like you make me laugh. Seriously, go troll somewhere else. You are no Naughty Dog fan.


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+ doctorSTRANG on December 11th, 2011 at 6:17 am said:

The graphics are beyond amazing!!! The trailer is not so cool like Dead Island trailer, but the game will be much better for sure! The creatures design is really nice and bizarre!
But I must admit Im kinda growing tired of zombies and post apocalyptic worlds .


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+ dilbig5 on December 11th, 2011 at 7:27 am said:

Beautiful Naughty Dog. I literally clapped my hands when I saw the trailer. Gorgeous game, like always. That guy does look like an older version of Drake by the way. I’m hoping the gameplay will be either like Uncharted or Dead Island. Or it could be something completely different, hope it stays third person if its not like Dead Island. Must buy. Naughty Dog, you never disappoint.


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+ Berae on December 11th, 2011 at 7:35 am said:

This look awesome!! Cant wait to get more news about it!


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+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on December 11th, 2011 at 7:44 am said:

@50..ITS EXACTLY LIKE I AM LEGEND!…AND FOR THAT REASON I AM SO NO IMPRESSED WITH THE STORYLINE..THIS GAME WILL DEFINITELY BE A RENTAL..DONT GET ME WRONG THE GAME LOOKS AMAZING..BUT IM JUST GETTING TIRED OF THE SAME OL SAME RUN AND GUN AND CLIMB AND HIDE GAMES OF ND.. THEY NEED TO STEP THEIR GAME UP..PUN INTENDED..LETS SEE THAT ENGINE BE USED FOR SOME FUTURE SOLDIER TYPE OF GAME LIKE METAL GEAR RISING..WITH CO-OP AND VEHICLES….OH WAIT THAT STARHAWK….LOL I GUESS I JUST EXPECTED SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY WITH THE ND TEAM..:/ BTW MY CAPS BUTTON IS BROKEN..oh wait i fixed it…lol :p


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+ W-8oRd3rPaTr0l-J on December 11th, 2011 at 7:47 am said:

To the person asking if it was Ellen Paige. They made it look like her so when there is a movie adaptation, they already have the perfect casting.


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+ PedroHGama on December 11th, 2011 at 8:08 am said:

and this game will run on older fat systems or will be more one “sorry, streaming fail” ND product? (Sarcasm mode on)


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+ weiss27md on December 11th, 2011 at 8:17 am said:

This game looks like it will be awesome, GOTY


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+ GILLIGAN- on December 11th, 2011 at 8:25 am said:

Another Zombie game? Well at least it seems like it will be cool.


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+ washimul on December 11th, 2011 at 8:36 am said:

i dont get some of you. How many of you have play any action adventure game sans UC??? The last tomb raider game i ever played for a few minutes was back in 2000. cant recall what was the name since it was disappointing ?? played L4D 1 for a few seconds –bad graphics/bad gameplay killed it for me..played RE5 for an hour or so..good but not PS3 exclusive material quality …boom over with that. played Dead Island ..again good but nothing to brag about. Now you dont play an action adventure game. You play the Uncharted series….the pinacle of video gaming for every genre. same goes to Zombie genre . It needs an overhaul which will be provided by LOU.


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+ arrownoir on December 11th, 2011 at 8:50 am said:

This is both a good & a bad thing
Good because ND, New IP, ND, Hellen Page (even though it’s not her, but the resemblance is uncanny)
Naughty Dog making a new IP with Hellen Page in it

Bad: Amazon doesn’t have it for pre-order yet


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+ xplosneer on December 11th, 2011 at 9:16 am said:

So it’s basically a mix between The Road and I Am Legend?


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+ Heavenly_king on December 11th, 2011 at 9:17 am said:

Obviously this game will be featured in E3 2011, just like with U2 and U3. It will be the main dish in the event.


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+ Heavenly_king on December 11th, 2011 at 9:20 am said:

If the game is amazing, who cares if the game is post-apocalyptic or has zombies in it?? I dont for sure.


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+ MadMeat001 on December 11th, 2011 at 9:22 am said:

The old man reminds me of an older version of Nathan Drake haha, and two team studio? tell us more about it :D


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+ Syrlis on December 11th, 2011 at 9:58 am said:

Trailer looks awesome, good job making people want more. Absolutely love the lighting, hard to believe these cutscenes are made from the ingame engine. Very much looking forward to seeing actual game play (is there a hud? Is it 1st/3rd person? Is it heavy rain style gameplay?). I just recently able to experience uncharted 3 in 3D and itshows how far along you guys have come with lighting effects, which is what makes the last of us look so awesome. this game is probably going to really be the first game to take the ps3 hardware to its limits. I will go on record right now in stating that no other ps3 game will utilize the ps3s potential than this game. It is a benchmark that sets a standard for how much more above and beyond the next gen hardware needs to be. Almost makes me feel sorry for nintendo and the wiiu and I hope microsoft is paying attention :)


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+ shadysaiyanz on December 11th, 2011 at 10:02 am said:

@OleGunnar – Get off your horse and get a life if you don’t mind, no ones talking to you. ND jumped in to that overly done Zombie mode type games, it’s more than disappointing. Uncharted stands out because it’s modern day and different, this however just falls in the shadows of the other games doing the same exact thing.


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+ VendettaLion on December 11th, 2011 at 10:04 am said:

Very Excited, this should definitely keep gamers happy until Naughty Dog go next gen…


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+ wocyob on December 11th, 2011 at 10:04 am said:

I love you ND!!! You guys deserved GOTY.
Cant wait too learn more about this title, day one purchase from me plus anyone other game that you guys push out.

Please say that the game has story mode coop :)


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+ SLY12 on December 11th, 2011 at 10:24 am said:

Can they do this?? It looks VERY similar to ‘I Am Legend’. I can smell a potential lawsuit.


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+ mrdeadhead on December 11th, 2011 at 10:37 am said:

is that ellen page? because that looks like ellen page. and kinda sounds like ellen page.

also, i’m pumped. and who ever complained about it being third person, since when has naughty dog made a game that wasn’t third person? they’re all good though, so i’ll leave the game making to them.


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+ MadMeat001 on December 11th, 2011 at 10:51 am said:

hope this game can give me some good scare, and HOORAY A BRAND NEW IP FROM NAUGHTY DOG :D


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+ DeathGazer on December 11th, 2011 at 11:07 am said:

I am Legend + The Road = The Last of Us

I love Naughty Dog so much. They alone are worth owning a PS3 for.


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