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The Last of Us: Survival Edition, Post-Pandemic Edition Revealed

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Associate Product Marketing Manager, First Party Games

UPDATE: The Last of Us Post-Pandemic Edition has sold out! Survival Edition quantities are limited — pre-order here.

The Last of Us is coming May 7th, 2013, and we’re celebrating the impending arrival by announcing two very special editions of the game available in North America. First off, the Survival Edition will be hitting retail shelves packaged with some very cool extras.

The Last of Us: Survival Edition for PS3

When you get the Survival Edition, you’ll be able to explore over 170 pages of the incredible artwork and designs that went into making The Last of Us in The Art of The Last of Us, a full-sized hardcover art book by Dark Horse. Also packed in from Dark Horse, artist Faith Erin Hicks, and The Last of Us Creative Director Neil Druckmann is The Last of Us: American Dreams #1, the first issue in a series of comic books that dives deeper into Ellie’s backstory. The version you’ll get features a variant cover that can only be found in the Survival Edition.

In addition to the books, you’ll be getting the Steelbook edition of the game showcasing artwork of Ellie on one side and Joel on the other side of the cover. Ordering the Survival Edition also nets you the Sights & Sounds DLC pack:

Sights & Sounds DLC Pack
– Official Game Soundtrack by Academy Award winning musician Gustavo Santaolalla
– PS3 Dynamic Theme
– PSN Avatars: Winter Joel & Ellie

The Survival Edition retails for $79.99 and is available in-store and online at participating retailers.

Dark Horse will be releasing a standalone edition of Art of the Last of Us ($39.99; 978-1-61655-164-3), available at your local comics shop,,, or your local bookstore.

The second offering is for the true collector: Witness the Post-Pandemic Edition.

The Last of Us: Post-Pandemic Edition for PS3

In the Post-Pandemic Edition, you’ll receive the Steelbook edition of the game and The Last of Us: American Dreams issue 1 with the variant cover. Also included is a highly collectible 12” Premium Statue of Joel and Ellie by Project Triforce that’s worthy of any display case.

You’ll be getting two DLC packs as well. In addition to the Sights & Sounds DLC Pack, the Post-Pandemic Edition includes a plethora of digital content in the Survival DLC Pack:

Survival DLC Pack
– Multiplayer Bonuses:
· Bonus XP
· Melee booster
· In-game currency
· Customizable character items
– Bonus Joel and Ellie skins available once the single player game is completed

The Post-Pandemic Edition will only be available at GameStop for $159.99. It’s very limited, so pre-order your copy today! Both the Post-Pandemic Edition and the Survival Edition include custom chrome Naughty Dog stickers so you can stylishly tag your preferred items or walls with the developer logo of your favorite new game.

Hop online or head to your local retailer and pre-order today. Be prepared for The Last of Us before May 7th, 2013!

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ro-kurorai said:

January 23rd, 1:51 am

Thanks ND. Just pre-ordered the Ellie Edition at GAME. These NA editions are nice as well. Thanks for having designed the special editions as you weren’t quite sure whether there will be any in your last post. The artworks of Ellie and Joel on the steelbook cover are classy!

Shadow_Dancer said:

January 23rd, 1:52 am

“Hey there! Awesome indeed! Naughty Dog and PlayStation both wanted to offer a choice to the fans!
Glad you like these editions!”

Really? Because those of us outside of NA aren’t being offered this choice. Thanks for treating your fans equally no matter what part of the world they’re from….We get the gimped budget choice of Joel and Ellie versions.

triansyah said:

January 23rd, 2:52 am


What about us who live outside U.S (Im from Indonesia), is there any plan to release Post-Pandemic Edition outside U.S? Thanks (^_^)

fsavoie said:

January 23rd, 5:13 am

Will the game support 3D like Uncharted3 did?

ceedub2 said:

January 23rd, 5:56 am

Cool I didn’t know it would be multiplayer. Anyway Ill prob get the Survivor edition.

dusek said:

January 23rd, 7:12 am

Post-Pandemic! Joel and Ellie will join my Cole, Drake, and Kratos figures.

FSBirdman said:

January 23rd, 11:47 am

Yeah, I live in Canada and as such would have to by my copy from EBGames Canada. Unfortunately, they only seem to have the “Survival Edition”, available for pre-order, while has both. Does that mean that, because the “Post-Pandemic” edition is, in the article’s words “very limited” we will be unable to purchase it here?

sovietprince said:

January 23rd, 1:13 pm

bs how europe gets the better preorder

law067 said:

January 23rd, 3:50 pm

Hello there , great collectors but I’m from France how can I have those collectors ?
I mean colorful cover, fullsize artbook, steelbook edition , 12 inch statue!
Is there any hope too have this versions in Europe? I don’t want to choose between the two character and look at a mini artbook where you can barely see the details, is that so I try to make my own fanart lol
Of course the collectors of Europe are not bad and original but I find the North-America versions better
Now why can’t you sell this versions in Europe and the european version in America? Everybody will have the choice and will be satisfied and there will be no need to debate so we can all pre order the game now.
Right now I don’t know what to do, should I choose between Joel and Ellie or should I believe that at least the survival edition will come in Europe and wait to pre order?
Ey I’m a truly fan of Sony and Naughty Dog, I can’t wait for the game and I’m sure I will love it, I just want a good edition to have the best experience
That’s all I have to say, I hope you will read me
See ya

PS: Naughty Dog je vous adore !

micromiami said:

January 23rd, 4:23 pm

I just saw that The Last of Us Post-Pandemic Edition sold out in GameStop.

So that means that The Last of Us Post-Pandemic Edition is completely sold out?

hpz82 said:

January 23rd, 5:21 pm

For any game company that makes these expensive collectors editions and if their going to have future dlc pack and season pass, etc. All the dlc and season pass should be provided for free for people who spend that huge chunk of money on collector editions. Not sure if you guys will have that but just food for thought on someone who works hard for their money.

Drev-chan said:

January 23rd, 6:12 pm

Guys, help me please, won’t send to Italy!
How can i obtain the (exclusive to America, it seems) pandemic edition?

Welmosca said:

January 23rd, 10:20 pm

Thats beyond the meaning of awesome I would give one of my feet fingers for any of those CE since both are awesome for real $150 for that post-pandemic is really cheap and US offers are way better than the European ones…the only good thing on the European is the Joel sackboy for real…well I can’t buy the CE as always but I’ll be picking up the game day 1 without doubt…

One question:Any chance that those avatars of winter Joel and Ellie ever gets released on store?

Welmosca said:

January 23rd, 10:25 pm

@ 56 notlindsaylohan – Fantastic comment we need more people like you…but I can’t believe you’re willing to miss TLoU epic campaign.

an-inFamous1337 said:

January 24th, 12:51 am

Seems that it’s out of stock online, is there a chance that it will be coming back again?

Hoshimax said:

January 24th, 1:54 am

Wow, I can’t believe that Europe is only getting a bunch of stickers and a skin for LBP. I think that you guys could at least offer a special edition such as the Post-Pandemic Edition for the other countries with equal value. Naughty Dog did it with the Uncharted 3 CE, so why not for The Last of Us? Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for the US fans, but what about the other countries? I’m try to collect everything I can from Naughty Dog and it franchises like Uncharted and The Last of Us, so I really can’t hide my disappointment over this…

Assais said:

January 24th, 8:28 am

1st: Why multiplayer? Don’t mess the SP experience please.

2nd: Will you guys be releasing a GOTY edition in 6 months time with all DLC included and half the price that I should wait for?

Besp said:

January 24th, 10:17 am

The european collectors edition (Ellie & Joel editions) are really ridiculous…

Hope to see the survival edition for EU too ! Please !

Nasrud1n said:

January 24th, 12:47 pm

The Post-Pandemic Edition seems to be sold out already. Will there be more copies or is that it? Seems sort of incredible that a $160 edition sold out in 2 days (were there ~100 copies or how is that possible?). Just noticed it today and really liked the statue, but no dice…

Also I live in Germany, but I guess import is always an option :), a european release would be nicer though.

Vital_Tundra said:

January 24th, 5:05 pm

For the people that believe the price should have been cut on the Post-Pandemic edition, look at the biggest item you are getting. That statue isn’t going to be just another Uncharted 3 Drake, or Infamous 2 Cole made in China. Its made by Project Triforce, whose works are extremely high quality. They are the guys that made the Mass Effect and Gears weapons. To think its going to be the same quality as past collectors editions is just wrong.

mujahein66 said:

January 25th, 1:25 am

Just pre-ordered the Survival Edition. Cant wait for May 7!

whiteboyfromco said:

January 25th, 2:37 pm

2 days later Post-Pandemic is sold out online. Had to go into the store to get it ASAP. I am NOT missing that for the world.

SANDMAN181314 said:

January 25th, 8:06 pm

omgggggggggg i cant wait to get the survival pack its gonna be really cool like i love all the uncharted games =)

mjalaiza said:

January 26th, 11:13 pm

So even If I pre-order the Survival Edition at GameStop, I do not get the Survival DLC Pack? That means no multiplayer bonus content, character items, and skins?

mjalaiza said:

January 26th, 11:15 pm

Because when you just pre-order the game at gamestop, and it’s not a special edition, you get the Sights & Sounds AND the Survival DLC…

mjalaiza said:

January 26th, 11:31 pm

Nevermind… I just realized I do get the Survival DLC if I pre-order the Survival Edition at GameStop (which I already did). Ignore those last two comments, Playstation.

psycho_maniac189 said:

January 27th, 3:02 pm

Totally getting this!

RulitoCR said:

January 28th, 12:12 am

I think that I will pass from this versions, reason!? I don’t know. maybe they are missing something… even knowing that, is day 1 purchase for me!!

Darth-Fusion said:

January 28th, 10:22 am

I’ll probably get the Post-Pandemic, but it really sucks that it doesn’t have the artbook…

When publishers release a ‘big’ then ‘bigger’ CE, the ‘biggest’ one should ALWAYS encompass everything in the smaller versions.

It’s like having to choose whether to cut off your arm or your foot…

It’s really disappointing. =[

Besp said:

January 28th, 12:57 pm

Buy Pandemic Edition + Artbook (purchased alone), is too expensive to have a “complete” Collector… Too easy to make money !

No Artbook in the Pandemic Edition ($160) but included in the Survival Edition ($80), Laborious… For this price, the Artbook should be included like a many others collector’s edition !

lebanese_gang1 said:

January 29th, 6:05 am

Lol as soon as i got the notification that you can pre order them, i went right away to pre order it. My only conern is that, is post pandemic i editon only in the U.S cause i pre order it at EB Games??

loakum said:

January 29th, 12:54 pm

Hello Mick, (if you’re still answering question here)

I was fortunate enough to get my pre order in for the Post Pandemic Edition for “The Last of Us” (yay for me). Since the art book isn’t included in this edition, I ordered the art book, “The Art of the Last of Us”, from (can’t get enough of The Last of Us merchandise). My question is, will this book be released in time for the game’s release? The reason why I’m asking, amazon has the book releasing on July 2nd, instead of the game’s May 7th release. I’m uber-excited for The Last of Us. ^_^

JammieDodgerz said:

January 29th, 7:50 pm

Unbelievable, I’m seeing a slight pattern happening here. First it’s Ni No Kuni: Wizard’s Edition with the U.S getting more in their box than europe now it’s THIS!!!

It blows my mind that WHY can’t you let us have the Post-Pandemic Edition. All we get is the Joel/Ellie Editions which is bare minimum.

Sony, seriously, what are you trying to pull here.

MajorDirt said:

January 30th, 7:19 am

Hello, why only available on gamestop? it doesn’t ship to my country and my only source is which only has the standard edition.
this is not fair.

tonyelk8 said:

February 6th, 4:02 am

Hi Guys, sorry but where could we find that Post-Pandemic edition. I am struggling to find and would not have been able to put my hands on it.

Could you give us a link, please ? Thanks. Elphège

aeonbleu said:

February 6th, 6:01 am

I see that the SteelBook is included in both special editions, will there be a standard plastic snap case included as well? or are we stuck with the SteelBook as the only case?

Poisonous_Byte said:

February 6th, 7:10 am

I will confirm that $150 for the Post Pandemic Edition is an excellent choice. I have a few pieces from Triforce (Lancer, Hammerburst and COG pistol replicas) as it is, their stuff is always worth the money. Was sort of bummed the big art book doesn’t come with it, so I just pre-ordered it from amazon. Even more bummed we never get the sweet Euro special edition for anything. Seems like we get watered down collectors editions for some games.

LordKewlDewd said:

February 6th, 8:48 pm

I tried to pre-order the post-pandemic edition, but it ran out in the Detroit area the day before I got my check. DAMN YOU ALL!!I

May can’t come soon enough.

MichelleCS said:

February 9th, 7:08 pm

I pre-ordered the Survival Edition today. May can’t come soon enough!

THE_SEEKER666 said:

February 11th, 7:48 am

I live in the UK and was a bit gutted about the Post-Pandemic Edition of The Last of Us being a USA only edition, compared to the versions we are getting in the UK which to be totally honest suck in comparison (canvas wrap which was also done for Far Cry 3, Mini artbook.. not even full sized, comic, poster, sackboy outfit and some stickers for gamepad) this has happened time and time again for different games, not just ND games.
I know that Naughty Dog wishes they could release all versions of the game to all the different regions but it is not in their control.
Knowing the quality of the games that Naughty Dog makes this will be no different in that it will be awesome, I bit the bullet and managed to order the Post-Pandemic Edition from Gamestop US and ordered the art book from Amazon UK.
Its going to be an expensive couple of months as already have Bioshock Infinity Songbird collectors edition ordered, God Of War Ascension collectors edition and Tomb Raider collectors edition ordered.
Just relieved that GTAV isn’t out just yet in case a collectors edition of that comes out too.

DJ-Vizum said:

February 13th, 10:07 pm

This is really cool… But to bad the pandemic edition is already sold out! :( i wanted that statue… i don’t know if i still could get one, i life in Belgium, so maybe that i got a chance they are still sold here? anyway i will pre-order the game over here as soon as possible, i have to play that game. It looks just sooooo awesome :-D Thank god i have a ps3 thank you so much Sony for the best gaming console in the world! At least @ my opinion :-)

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