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

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The Last of Us: Survival Edition, Post-Pandemic Edition Revealed
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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  • hi i want to know if the Post-Pandemic Edition edition plans to bring it to Europe (Spain) or any similar or shape thanks

  • not in Canada…? I wonder if I can get my friend to drive me down to WA to get the post pandemic edition. Nate and Cole really could use a friend.

    Oh and to my Canadian bros, I found the survival edition at EB’s Canadian website (.ca, not .com). So there’s that at least, unless it’s a mistake and they take it down.

  • I just want to make sure I’m clear on this, so anyone answering this would be appreciated.

    Personally, I don’t care about the books, statues. soundtracks, avatars or themes. I’m just into great games, and in-game content. So of all these items, the only thing I’m interested in is the Survival DLC as it seems to be the only in-game content as far as I can tell. And reading the comments and replies, it sounds like I can get the Survival DLC for pre-ordering even the regular edition of the game. I just wanted to make sure that was the case, and if doing so will get me all the in-game content that will be availible at the launch of the game……not meaning any actual PSN store DLC you may be selling at launch……just meaning anything being offered at retail for in-game content.

    I DO like steelbook cases for games though, so I MAY get the survival edition, but I doubt it for that much more when all I want is the case. SO excited for the game though. I can’t wait to see what you guys do next (probably with new hardware) !!!

  • I still think it’s kind of a rip-off that the Post Pandemic edition doesn’t include the art book. I mean, the UC3 CE was packed with stuff and was $99. The God of War Ascension CE also comes with a bunch of stuff and it’s $80. it feels like I’m paying $90 for the Joel and Ellie statue, a steelbox edition and a comic (plus some DLC)

  • The Last of Us Vs. GTA V will be one of the biggest showdowns of 2013!

  • Why not include the Art book in the Post-pandemic edition too? Skyrim CE did that along with a dragon statue. $90 for a statue and steelbook is not worth it. Won’t be surprised if it goes half that before the year ends.

  • Definitely getting post pandemic. So I get a can get a better idea of just how much of a collectors item it is, do you think you could mention how many copies there will be of the post pandemic?

  • Thanks for the awesome deal. I’ll be preordering The Last of Us Survivor Edition from GameStop. Is there any chance of this game getting a delay? It comes out the week before Spring finals. This is like Portal 2 all over again.

  • Why is this US exclusive? Doesn’t seem very fair making this US only and give the rest of us the finger now do ya? If its making people feel a bit angry which is what ND is aiming for then they are doing a helluva job now. All countries should be treated equal but it sounds to me only Americans like to think their special and deserve the best while the rest of us don’t mean s**t.

    I’m looking forward to playing this game but I’m very disappointed on how your treating us by leaving us out on the good stuff. May as-well not sell it at all and just shove it up your asses

  • The price of the post-pandemic edition is too damn high!

  • Pretty disappointed that Canada will not get the Post-Pandemic Edition. Sony Canada, I would re-consider this unwise decision. If Uncharted 3 CE was available to us, I don’t see how The Last of Us PPE shouldn’t be any different in terms of availability to Canada.

    Franky, this treatment is unwarranted.

  • Those are some amazing bundels, BUT there are another 2 bundels for TheLastofUs.
    The Ellie Edition and the Joel Edition.
    The statue is a lil to expensive for altho its worth it. ;)
    I gonna go with the artbook I think, Thanks alot can’t wait for may 7th. !

  • i did change my 2012 E3 preorder to the post pandemic edition today. i do agree that the art book should be included for the price tag. I look at my UC3, COD BO 1 & 2, Infamous, Batman, and Killzone collector editions and feel this one is a little bit short compared to those. I am really looking forward to this game, and hope there is a hardcover guide also. i think some kind of perk for buying the collector guides is overlooked nowadays. KZ3 did it right with extra skill points included in the guide for use in the game. Little extra incentive and tie in. I really hope this will be more than UC3 with different faces, hoping for a better mp experience, CAMPAIGN COOP would be genius, or at least coop missions. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  • will there be any the last of us home content?

  • So.. there’s no standard $60 version of this game? Then, I highly doubt this will go for sale on PSN. They’ll want to make more $$ on the extras they’re selling. The statue is retailed at $200, but how much does it really cost to manufacture? $5.00, maybe $10.00; if that? Cmon now.

  • This is going to be the most I spend on a single game since Rock Band with all its peripherals… but I can’t miss out on that statue and the limited edition comic.

    Is there any word on when the comic will come out? Do you know if it will come out before or after the game comes out? I’ve really been hoping it would be out before the game so I could get some of The Last Of Us’s story before the game is out…

  • Some clarification; it looks like you get the Survival DLC Pack and The Sights & Sounds DLC Pack when you pre-order any edition from GameStop/EB Games.

    As for Canada, it looks you can only get the Survival Edition. While the Post-Pandemic Edition is a U.S. Exclusive.

  • The Last of Us Post-Pandemic Edition is the best collectors edition ever! Cheers! ;)

  • Is there any way that another collector’s edition will be coming to Canada beside the survivor’s edition? Us gets the post-pandemic, Europe gets the Joel and Ellie editions. I was just wondering if the decisions were set in stone or not.

  • The post pandemic edition won’t be available in Canada? WHY? :(

  • The Post Pandemic Edition is ridiculously overpriced and doesn’t even come with the art book.

    I might get the Survival Edition, but not sure.

  • because it does not come out in Europe the post pandemic edition?

  • @herbalsticky

    Where does it say that? this is just like every other new release in the last 5 years. A gamers over the top edition for extra profit and hilarity.

    They will offer the standard edition at retail, you can bet that it will be a day 1 digital release.

  • gta 5 vs last of us? ur kidding right?
    more like Watch_Dogs vs The Last of Us.

    now that being said getting the first special edition.

  • Where the f*** is the UK Post-Pandemic Edition

    You know the PS3 is more popular in Europe and sells more their but you still give the US better Collector editions and better content on the PSN.

    Why the hell did ND not tell SCEE that they want everyone to have at least a chance, small quantities or not, of the Post-Pandemic Edition

    Seriously you have untill May to sort this out NaughtyDog/Sony…..oh and sort SCEE out while your at it.

    The Uncharted 3 exploerer edition sold out in a day over here so come on that tells you something. Take some of the US Post-Pandemic Editions and send some over to the UK to sell through Amazon, or Zavvi

  • Oh and I mean most people are saying they arn’t going to buy it becasuse it’s expensive so again send some over to other counties so you can sell it. I want to buy this thing

  • oh hell yea cant wait for this game to come out and get it gonna come with alot of cool stuff =)

  • This sucks! I really want both! But man the God of War: Ascension comes with Kratos and it’s only $80 while this is twice the price!!!

    Regardless, thank you guys very much for listening to the fans about making a Collector’s Edition!

  • First off let me just say i love Naughty Dog and i’m completely static about the news! I’ve been anticipating this game with dying breath and i was eagerly anticipating a collector’s edition for NA. So happy you guys came through.

    My question is, will this game have a season pass? If so could you guys consider including it in the Post-Pandemic edition? I’m gonna get it regardless despite the steep price cause i love ND so much but i feel it would definitely sweeten the deal. I mean $160 is a lot of money and $15-25 season after the fact would be too much for my wallet to take.

  • Will the comics be available on PSN? I would rather have it digitally….

  • Do you know if even it will be collectors edition in other countries?

  • I have my copy pre ordered but the 79.99 version dont have anything that interest me and thepost pandemic edition its way too much to play for a game. I love the figure thou… still i gladly payed 99 bucks for Uncharted 3 collectors but as the someone said… the rent its too high

  • This really stinks… I would totally buy this, but I live in New Zealand and these are North American only. Truly, truly disappointed with this. No special editions for me then :(

  • I want to get the Survival Edition but with so many new games I’m looking forward to plus the fact this may get a GOTY Edition I don’t know if that’s a good idea. I may just settle with the regular edition. But I have to play this game.

  • too bad for artbook absence, i could buy separately though. Where can we see bigger images of the statue? Will it be better than Uncharted 3 one? I hope so…

  • I’m surprised some people are preferring the European version more. If you really want a Last of Us skin for your PS3 & controller just get on GelaSkin & create your own. I would much rather have a amazing art book & statue. Thanks for going with the full size art book not those half size crappy ones. You guys did a great job putting these together. Now I need to start pulling overtime to get my splurge money together !

  • as another user mentioned, the artbook is on sale at for $26.57 instead of the 39.99 mentioned here.

  • Well considering the Statue is worth 200 dollars stand alone I would say it is much higher quality.

  • Seriously though, you guys have to consider how much the statue itself is. Its already a stellar deal and adding an art book to it would be phenomenal, but not feasible.

  • need high res shot of the figures close up. And why isn’t the art book included in the Post-Pandemic Edition?

  • The Post Pandemic version is stupid cause it doesn’t come with an artbook,

    and i can hardly believe status $200.00. Please get extremely close up detail photoshoots of this and let me judge, of course, untouched and not modified with photoshop.

  • Post-Pandemic Edition
    “.It’s very limited”

    Too bad it is only available at Gamestop.
    I also need to know how limited this is.
    Makes a huge difference.

    Already pre-ordered but if it does not sell out quick I will cancel and wait for it to drop in price
    No art book is a bummer and should be included.
    $173.70 is a bit pricey for a statue and a game.

  • yeah, that too…USA Limited Editions are usually not so limited….prices go down a lot…Uncharted 3 went down in price, Infamous, Assassin’s Creed, God of War, Fallout…I think all the games I bought for USA version don’t hold up in value because it’s so bloated in the market, only LE that really held up in it’s price and value as a collectible are limited edition consoles and not software.

    I can only think of Blizzard games that held up in price for LE software in recent years….

    at least games I liked and bought LEs for.

  • Oh my god that is awesome.

    There is only one thing missing. A Sony Pictures short film, live action or anime. Or maybe an “The Last of Us” branded Xperia Z android theme or case engraving

    Can’t wait to play this game.

  • Just a few questions

    1. Are both of these only limited to Gamestop pre-orders?
    2. If not, when can I pre-order one of them?

  • There is no way that the Post-Pandemic Edition should cost $160, I know there is cool content in it, but I paid $100 for the Uncharted 3 Collector’s Edition, and there is no way this is worth $60 more than that. Please fix this price to a more reasonable $120, and I’ll get it.

    While this is one of my most anticipated titles this year along with Beyond: Two Souls, my gaming habit can’t keep up with these astronomically high priced Collector’s Editions like this and all the others I want. I work a full time job and pay out of pocket to go to college full time as well.

    Why can’t you cut a guy a break for a change?

  • @JROD0823

    If we can only see the quality of the statue then I may say $150.00 is ok, but there’s obviously not going to be a closeup + non photoshopped touched version of it…I remember someone saying Nathan Drake statue is super quality…it wasn’t, it had bad parts here and there, I think the face was one of them.

    If you’re going to make a statue that’s trying to be 1:1 with the character, then at least make it looks so, not a “i can see a resemblance”. If you can’t go that route, make is a super-deformed version like the Nendoroids.

    I’m still doubting this status is worth 100 dollars the difference from regular edition of the game from past experience in statues that came in LE editions of video games out here in the USA. They should add the book for the 150.00 price point

    and like few people here, why Game Stop, I have nothing but horrible experiences through them. Also, don’t like this “exclusive at” deal, it’s some-what of a monopoly mentality and doesn’t give buyers a choice.

  • So is the Post Pandemic Edition limited to Gamestop or will this be available at EB Games as well since EB Games is the canadian branch of Gamestop?

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