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The Last of Us is Coming in June

Neil Druckmann's Avatar + Posted by Neil Druckmann on Feb 13, 2013 // Creative Director, Naughty Dog

The Last of Us for PS3

The Last of Us is an ambitious project. In many ways it may be Naughty Dog’s most ambitious project to date – brand new universe and cast of characters, brand new tech, brand new genre, not to mention it’s easily the longest campaign Naughty Dog has ever made.

As we entered the final phase of development for The Last of Us, we came to realize just how massive Joel and Ellie’s journey is. But instead of cutting corners or compromising our vision, we came to the tough decision that the game deserved a few extra weeks to ensure every detail of The Last of Us was up to Naughty Dog’s internal high standards.

As a team we pride ourselves on setting a very high quality bar for every aspect of our games – gameplay, story, art, design, technology and more. We want to make sure The Last of Us raises that bar even further – for ourselves, and most importantly, for you, our fans.

The extra wait will be very short and your patience will be rewarded. Update your calendars. You won’t even have to change seasons. The Last of Us will be available June 14th, 2013. Until then, know that we will be working extremely hard to deliver an experience that matches your high expectations.

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+ Kariodude on February 13th, 2013 at 11:47 am said:

Take all the time you need. I’ll be buying it day one regardless of what day that is.


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 12:43 pm said:

    Thank you for the support! It’s going to be awesome.


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+ G-Force08 on February 13th, 2013 at 11:47 am said:

So we have confirmation finally.

Well, that sucks. But at least the delay isn’t too long and it’s to make sure we’re getting a quality game. Looking forward to it!


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 12:44 pm said:

    Apologies for all the confusion – we had a lot of parties involved that needed to be aligned. Thanks for the support and it’s going to make the game even better!


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+ EggBok on February 13th, 2013 at 11:47 am said:

Can’t wait to play this! So excited


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+ xeno3d on February 13th, 2013 at 11:47 am said:

Love Naughty Dog, one of my all time favorite developers.


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 12:45 pm said:

    Awwww <3 Thanks!


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+ Kchow23 on February 13th, 2013 at 11:48 am said:

Wow, couldn’t believe that this is the first ever delay by Naughty Dog :(


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+ Shadow-Man_4 on February 13th, 2013 at 11:48 am said:

Delay it all you want, just make sure it is fully polished when released. Don’t do what you guys did with Uncharted 3.


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+ geronimo73 on February 13th, 2013 at 11:49 am said:

I have confidence in you and in your work.
NAughty Dog rules on PS3! #RESPECT


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+ Suby_Greg on February 13th, 2013 at 11:49 am said:

Isn’t the 14th a Friday? The Last Of Us releases on a Friday?


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 12:46 pm said:

    Yes, it’s a Friday! That means you’re have all weekend – and the Friday you call in sick during – fully dive into the game! :)


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+ JimmyChaos on February 13th, 2013 at 11:49 am said:

Noooooo! I just threw my PS3 out the window cuz of this! jk


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 12:47 pm said:

    Go get it back! You’re gonna miss out on something truly remarkable!


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+ Kchow23 on February 13th, 2013 at 11:50 am said:

I haven’t looked at trailers since last E3… I have full confidence that you guys will deliver, so if a delay is necessary to ensure that the game is awesome then I’ll happily wait it out.


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm said:

    Thanks for the support!


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+ SuchSimplicity on February 13th, 2013 at 11:50 am said:

Kind of strange seeing a Friday release for this game, but I’m so glad you guys are taking your time with this. I’m beyond excited for The Last of Us, and Naughty Dog continues to make me happy. The extra six weeks makes the wait a bit harder, but as you mentioned, our patience will be rewarded. Keep it up, ND!


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+ johnnyp70 on February 13th, 2013 at 11:50 am said:

Compared to The Last Guardian, Gran Turismo 5, BioShock Infinite, et al, this barely qualifies as a delay. However, it would be wise for them to hit his date because all the good will Naughty Dog has built up will quickly evaporate in this What Have You Done for Me Lately climate.


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+ JimmyChaos on February 13th, 2013 at 11:51 am said:

I just read in another article that it might be the 18th which is actually a Tuesday.


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 1:31 pm said:

    That was erroneous. It’s Friday June 14.


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+ cubbielovr on February 13th, 2013 at 11:52 am said:

While I may be a bit disappointed, I understand the reason for the delay and I can wait a few more weeks for what is sure to be a great game. Thanks for the update, and keep up the good work Dogs!

BTW- is this going to effect the release of the demo with GOW:A (whenever that will be)


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 1:32 pm said:

    Thanks for the support! We’ll update about the TLOU demo in GOW:A once we have something to say about it.


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+ Hitokiri_03 on February 13th, 2013 at 11:54 am said:

“easily the longest campaign”

I really like this part.


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+ TomatoDragon on February 13th, 2013 at 11:55 am said:

No worries. My PS3 will be here when it’s ready.


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+ DZORMAGEN on February 13th, 2013 at 11:56 am said:

I will buy this game Day 1. I am kind of happy for the delay since it gives me time to play other games, and I have time to get the money for the limited edition release.


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+ And89LB on February 13th, 2013 at 11:57 am said:

Any chance of an earlier demo release or new gameplay trailer? All the footage that was shown in the most recent update just showed journalists talking.


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+ KazeEternal on February 13th, 2013 at 11:58 am said:

@Naughty Dog
While dissapointing, you guys can take as long as you need to make this game as good as you can get it. Its not like you announced this game at launch of the PS3 and have spent the last 7 years fumbling about with a project and a few trailers *cough*Square Enix*cough*. ND has impressed, entertained, and amazed us with Uncharted 1-3 over the last 7 years and in my opinion already carried its weight for PS3. This project is what ever you guys want it to be and if you feel you need the time then you best take it. After all it is not like we don’t have games to hold us over until June, July, August, or September (though hopefully we won’t have to wait long). I can’t wait to get my copy and start playing this game and the wait will be worth it however extended.


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+ JonButler on February 13th, 2013 at 11:59 am said:

This is a good thing for me. Gives me a chance to catch up on some other games like the Killzone series.


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on February 13th, 2013 at 12:00 pm said:

WTF man? WTF is this shiznit? This is horse excrement.


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+ Peerinward on February 13th, 2013 at 12:00 pm said:

If it releases on a Friday all while being a digital download, how do you think they will handle that week’s PSN update?


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 4:45 pm said:

    This TBD yet. We’ll update once we have more info.


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+ LuiSpartanMIMIMI on February 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm said:

That’s OK, Dogs!

Take all the time you need. You’re one of my favorite developers, I have much respect for you.

It’s dissapointing? Yes it is. But I understand you want to make sure you’re doing what you do best: CREATE GREAT GAMES.

You Dogs have all my support.


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+ Lowrent on February 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm said:

June 14th is not a tuesday… Sounds fishy


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 6:18 pm said:

    Not fishy, it’s Friday! Weekend gaming, go! :)


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+ tapantaola on February 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm said:

Do you confess the fact that you cut corners in Uncharted 3?

I would appreciate a honest response!


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 6:18 pm said:

    Not at all. Every game has a different development cycle.


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+ FeddeCampo on February 13th, 2013 at 12:04 pm said:

If u remeber Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted as games that we really love for how beautiful and funny they were made, we can’t be angry with waiting just five more weeks.
Good luck with the final work guys! the game is looking great and I know it will be awesome!


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+ Ice21 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:05 pm said:

Hey this is GREAT new for me!!!!! Naughty Dog and I both win because of this situation. i get to spend more time with GoW Ascension and Tomb Raider while ND takes the time polishing the game even more.


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+ snakeeyes211 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:05 pm said:

Released on a Friday I highly doubt it so could you please give us the real release date? Thanks for ruining my Wednesday anyway you guys are still awesome


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 6:28 pm said:

    It’s happening on a Friday! June 14th.


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+ mody94_Station on February 13th, 2013 at 12:07 pm said:

May or June doesn’t matter,I trust Naughty Dog and I know this game gonna be amazing like their other games…
It is worth the wait


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+ RMX84 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:08 pm said:

So it’s coming out the day after E3?

The reviews for this game are going to get lost in the shuffle of all the next-gen news at E3.

Terrible release date!!!!


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+ JOaRiDrAN- on February 13th, 2013 at 12:10 pm said:

That Friday is the Friday after E3…. could that have anything to do with it?


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+ rh_underhill on February 13th, 2013 at 12:14 pm said:

@ 1 – Kariodude “Take all the time you need. I’ll be buying it day one regardless of what day that is.”

People waiting for Half-Life 3 also said that in the beginning :P


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+ LockedUpInside on February 13th, 2013 at 12:14 pm said:

This will make the already difficult wait even longer but I know it’s to make The Last Of Us as perfect as it can possibly be.

Is it really a Friday release though or was that a typo? BestBuy reported June 18, not 14.

“…it’s easily the longest campaign Naughty Dog has ever made.”
I REALLY like the sound of that :]


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+ LockedUpInside on February 13th, 2013 at 12:15 pm said:

Neil, any word on when the comic is coming? Before the game or after it comes out?


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 6:29 pm said:

    The comic issue 1 is coming in the Survival Edition so that hits June 14th.


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+ swisstylez on February 13th, 2013 at 12:16 pm said:

Although its sad to see the game being delayed, I know it is for the best.


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+ aro52 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:20 pm said:

Sad, but do what ya gotta do.

Will be a bittersweet birthday gift! (June 16th)


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+ guardiansoulbade on February 13th, 2013 at 12:22 pm said:

This actually works out for me, I was purchasing a capture card to let’s play this game, I didn’t think I’d have enough money to get it in May, but now I know I’ll be able to get my capture card before I get this game.


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+ MeraMera987 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:22 pm said:

Glad they did it because i want a great polished game that is not rushed, great gob Naughty Dog keep it coming!


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+ Pabloo1010 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:23 pm said:

1 day after E3 huh? That’s not a coincidence! Naughty Dog is cooking up something special with TLOU for the Playstation conference, mark your calenders!


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+ ABNVOX on February 13th, 2013 at 12:23 pm said:

super excited for this game, i dont mind the delay at all.


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+ Shadowtroop1 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:26 pm said:

Thank you ND. Now I can study for my finals without distractions.


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+ Souled_out on February 13th, 2013 at 12:27 pm said:

Please use some of the extra time to include a foul language filter for those of us who would prefer not to hear it but still want to play your game.


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+ Stringer2355 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:28 pm said:

June 14th is a Friday, likely June 18th is Tuesday from what bestbuy.com shows


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 6:30 pm said:

    Nope, it’s happening June 14


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+ Saeed-Al-Dosary on February 13th, 2013 at 12:28 pm said:

Take your time. :)

Thank you very much Naughty Dog and Sony for making those great games. :)


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+ BrianC6234 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:30 pm said:

This is a good idea. Don’t release it until it’s ready. I don’t think games should have actual release dates. Just say it will be out around this time. As you get close then give a date. Too many games are released and full of bugs when a few more weeks would have made them great.


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+ DuoMaxwell007 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:31 pm said:

-shocked- Best Buy of all people was actually right lol


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 13th, 2013 at 6:38 pm said:

    It’s coming June 14.


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+ rhin0dog888 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:31 pm said:

I am so excited for the last of us! all thought I cannot wait, this will give me more time to pay off my post pandemic edition I already pre-ordered. Naughty Dog, will it give you more time to squeeze any extras in that box? No, I trust the game will be worth the wait!


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+ BrianC6234 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:31 pm said:

“Will be a bittersweet birthday gift! (June 16th)”

Even better one for me, June 14th. :)


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+ JDSSLP on February 13th, 2013 at 12:38 pm said:

Sounds good. Longest campaign yet? Wow!!!

One thing though – please make sure it is playable on older PS3s before June rolls around. Other than that, best of luck down the final stretch!


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+ killercroc119 on February 13th, 2013 at 12:42 pm said:

NOOOOOOOO
:’(


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