Details about Naughty Dog’s new game The Last of Us have been thin on the ground, we’ve had some thin slithers trickled out thanks to GameInformer‘s website but largely it’s been quiet, until now.
Thanks to an eager reader of GameInformer, the details from their latest issue have spilled out onto the net for all to see.
GameInformer writes that the young girl that accompanies you, Ellie, is an orphan who was living in a military quarantine zone. She has only known of this apocalyptic world and so has a fascination with relics from the past. Her history as an orphan also indicates that she isn’t related to the gruff Joel who accompanies her. Joel, who is apparently in his late 40s, is a weapons and drugs smuggler who moves his cargo in and out of military-guarded checkpoints.
The world you play in has been decimated by an airborne infection, however it appears that it’s only effective in high concentration in small areas – a rather handy gameplay mechanic it seems. Those who are found to have a high concentration of these infectious spores upon their body are immediately executed by the military, therefore making travelling around outside of quarantine zones incredibly tricky, i.e. Joel’s job.
Naughty Dog have also done a neat job of keeping the story self contained, yet allowing the world to be wide enough for a repeated visit. It seems that they are aware that their new IP could bomb completely so they’ve taken precautions.
The game itself opens with Joel attempting to smuggle Ellie out of one of the military quarantines, after having promised a dying friend that he’d escort her away to safety. It seems that on the first mission things go a bit pete tong and the unlikely duo find themselves being chased by the military
It seems that the games visual direction was inspired by the “Ruin Porn” genre of photography, which is typically centred around taking pictures of ruins ravaged by nature.
Gameplay seems to play out more melee heavy than gunplay heavy in the demo level that GameInformer got to play. Bricks and planks of wood were used to fight of enemies, however guns will be available but ammo will be scarce, enemies will supposedly fall after a single shot. Ellie also plays quite a role in combat by shouting out warnings or giving the player heads up on threats or hazards, and it appears that she has no aversion to using a fair few curse words in doing so. It appears that as you progress through the game she becomes more helpful in combat, however Naughty Dog wouldn’t go into any more detail about the matter.
Bruce Straley, the games director, admitted that The Last of Us is “going to have some sort of online component”, he said “we’re working on a bunch of ideas, but we haven’t nailed anything down. We definitely know its going to be awesome.”
Sounds like The Last of Us is going to be one epic game, and that Naughty Dog have a lot of ideas to bring to the table, it’s nice to see a new IP from the minds behind previous Playstation greats, however they did say that The Last of Us could have been a new Jak and Daxter game.
Quizzed on an online mode, the game’s director, Bruce Straley, admitted it is “going to have some sort of online component” and said: “we’re working on a bunch of ideas, but we haven’t nailed anything down. We definitely know it’s going to be awesome.”