Naughty Dog has officially announced the release of The Last of Us Part II Remastered for the PlayStation 5, confirming past rumours. The remastered edition, which will be released on January 19, 2024, will include a physical deluxe version known as the W.L.F edition. This limited edition will be available in select regions only through PlayStation Direct and will feature a SteelBook display box, four enamel pins, a Washington Liberation Front Patch, and a collection of 47 Society of Champions trading cards, including eight holographic cards..
Notably, Naughty Dog has established an option for existing PS4 owners to convert to the PS5 version for a $10 price. Additionally, saves from the PS4 version will be carried over to The Last of Us Part II Remastered.
The restored edition includes complete DualSense support, developer comments, and Lost Levels—unfinished sequences excised from the original game. These Lost Levels provide players a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience early development pieces of the game, augmented with embedded developer comments to provide further perspective.
The graphics in The Last of Us Part II Remastered are set to improve significantly, with native 4K output in Fidelity Mode, 1440p upscaled to 4K in Performance Mode, an Unlocked Framerate option for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) supported TVs, increased Level-of-Detail distances, improved shadow quality, and increased animation sampling rate.
The upgraded edition will have a rogue-like mode, which will provide a new depth to the game experience. Players will navigate through a series of randomised encounters, attempting to survive as long as possible, in what is described as an altogether new way to connect with the game's complex combat system. This mode will feature a variety of selectable characters, some of which have never been seen before in The Last of Us franchise, each with their own set of gameplay characteristics. The challenges will climax in fierce boss encounters set against the backdrop of iconic locations from Part II.
While fans wait for HBO's The Last of Us adaptation's second season, The Last of Us Part II Remastered aims to bring back the emotional and gripping tale, giving an immersive experience with upgraded visuals and novel gaming modes.