Sony has announced that The Last of Us Part II Remastered is coming to the PS5 on January 19, 2024. The sequel to the critically acclaimed The Last of Us was originally released on the PS4 in 2020, but Sony is claiming the Remastered version is the “definitive way to experience” the game. The Last of Us Part II Remastered features new technological improvements, gameplay modes, and new playable characters.
The Last of Us Part II Remastered brings a new roguelike survival mode called No Return, providing a fresh combat experience. There is also a new Guitar Free Play mode, and Naughty Dog is adding a new set of never-seen-before Lost Levels that is playable but did not make the cut for the original release in 2020. “These aren’t fully finished levels, but rather early-development slices that not only let you see some new glimpses of Part II’s world, but also include embedded developer commentary to give them richer context,” the studio shared in PlayStation blog post.
As expected, The Last of Us Part II Remastered will take advantage of the PS5’s power, offering fast load times, DualSense wireless controller incorporation with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. The game will feature enhanced graphics, including a native 4K output in Fidelity Mode, 1040p upscaled to 4K in Performance Mode, an Unlocked Framerate option for TVs that support VRR, increased texture resolution, increased Level-of-Detail distances, improved shadow quality, and animation sampling rate.
Accessibility options now include Descriptive Audio, and Speech to Vibrations, while there are additional bonus skins and weapons to unlock for Ellie and Abby.
Pre-orders for The Last of Us Part II Remastered standard edition and a new W.L.F. edition start December 5th. Players who already own the PS4 version can upgrade at launch to the Remastered version on PS5 for $10. It will also be possible to import saves from the original game.
The Last of Us Part II won the Game of Year Award in 2020 and was the most-awarded game of all time before it was dethroned by Elden Ring. A series adaptation of The Last of Us video game from HBO was well received by critics and a second season is currently in the works.