“Last of Us” Remake Artists Defend Release

Last Of Us Remake Artists Defend Release
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Robert Morrison, an animator on celebrated games like 2018’s “God of War” reboot and “Resident Evil 7” which help revive that franchise, has gone online to defend up the upcoming PS5 exclusive game title “The Last of Us Part 1”.

The game is a full-blown remake of the iconic 2013 PS3 game which many consider one of the greatest video games ever made. The new release moves the original game over to the same engine as the more recent “The Last of Us Part 2” and incorporates the advancements of that game along with features exclusive to the PS5.

There are various obvious reasons for the release. It brings both games up to similar specs, and will allow for a PC release of presumably both titles at a later date. There’s also the upcoming HBO TV series adaptation expected to bring in more players to the franchise – having this out in stores as compared to the relatively old remaster makes financial sense.

But there is also criticism. Sony is charging $70, the same as a full priced new game, for the title which will have some serious quality of life enhancements (updated animations, new enemy AI, upgraded combat system, way better visuals), but no real new narrative content as such. In addition, there’s no option for existing owners of either the original PS3 or the PS4’s “The Last of Us: Remastered” to upgrade to the new version for a few dollars.

As a result, the game is being dubbed a “cash grab” by critics and Morrison took to Twitter to say he strongly disagrees with that sentiment:

“It’s the most meticulously built and crafted project that I have ever seen or been a part of in my entire career. The highest level of care and attention to detail possible.

The price of the game is out of my control and worth is subjective to each individual. You can decide for yourself if you want it or not. All I’m saying is I am in awe of the work that an amazing group of people did on the project. A tremendous amount of passion was put into it.”

As people weighed in on Morrison’s comments, others who worked on the title also weighed in and spoke very highly of the experience. Anthony Vaccario, a principal environmental artist on both the “Uncharted” and “The Last of Us” franchises said in tweeted:

“This is the first time in my 13-year career, across multiple studios that I didn’t need to crunch to finish a game. Feels good, really good. Especially hitting the same quality bar as TLOU2. More work to keep doing but proud of the big changes so far to make the studio healthier.”

Part of the reason for the skepticism has been a lack of information – so far developer Naughty Dog has shared a trailer and brief clips showing off new animation models, but hasn’t really displayed much actual gameplay or showcased the differences.

One thing that won’t happen though is a delay as the title has now ‘gone gold’ meaning it’s essentially complete and ready with Naughty Dog promising more videos showcasing the game over the next few weeks.

“The Last of Us Part 1” will be released on September 2nd.

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