The Last of Us is Coming in June

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The Last of Us is Coming in June
The Last of Us for PS3

The Last of Us is an ambitious project. In many ways it may be Naughty Dog’s most ambitious project to date – brand new universe and cast of characters, brand new tech, brand new genre, not to mention it’s easily the longest campaign Naughty Dog has ever made.

As we entered the final phase of development for The Last of Us, we came to realize just how massive Joel and Ellie’s journey is. But instead of cutting corners or compromising our vision, we came to the tough decision that the game deserved a few extra weeks to ensure every detail of The Last of Us was up to Naughty Dog’s internal high standards.

As a team we pride ourselves on setting a very high quality bar for every aspect of our games – gameplay, story, art, design, technology and more. We want to make sure The Last of Us raises that bar even further – for ourselves, and most importantly, for you, our fans.

The extra wait will be very short and your patience will be rewarded. Update your calendars. You won’t even have to change seasons. The Last of Us will be available June 14th, 2013. Until then, know that we will be working extremely hard to deliver an experience that matches your high expectations.

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  • Take a recent EA promo – ” ♫ I’ve been waiting for this moment, all my life, hold on ♫ ” – That’s how I feel about THE LAST OF US. Take your time, make it perfect.

  • Since you guys are answering a few questions: Can you confirm or deny if there will be a non graphic mode that bleeps out the curse words?

  • Brutal, even more so that I’ll have the demo sitting on GoW: Ascendance and can’t/won’t play it because I’ve been spoiler free since basically the first trailer. Keep up the good work guys, I know it will be worth the wait.

  • Oh man! I want this game now… BUT I rather have a quality product a bit later than having a bugged incomplete product now (like many other companies do). For sure another GOTY from Naughty Dog.

  • I appreciate the communication from Naughty Dog to the gamers… Class act developer all the way… Cannot wait to play a brand new IP… In this economy it takes courage to bring a new game to market…

    Thanks again and the communication to this gamer is mucho, mucho appreciated…

  • Already pre-ordered, and while a slight delay isn’t exactly exciting news, I’m still super excited for the game. Naughty Dog always delivers the goods, and I am really looking forward to the new universe you guys have created for us.

  • i hope it’ll be day1 digital download, take all the time you need naughty dog ♥

  • Well, it is sort of depressing that there’s now a big gaping hole on my birthday (May 7th) where TLoU used to be, but pass my regards to Neil and Bruce that they can delay the game all they want as long as the final product is worth it.

    Also, any considerations for a TLoU: Subway Multiplayer Demo like ND did with Uncharted 3? Because nothing says killi- I mean, eating fresh more than a shotgun to the face! ;)

  • So it was true, now I can confirm my sadness.

  • Take all the time you need Naughty Gods. I like this delay as it gives me time to kill some of my backlog alongside playing the new games about to come out like God of War Ascension and Metal Gear Rising. Plus it’s more time to save up to preorder The Last of Us.

  • #58 said…

    “This is going into my PS3 day 1 and not coming out until its over. Same as with all the Uncharted games. Naughty Dog can do no wrong.”

    I say….. exactly what he said ;) Uncharted / Jak / Crash… there are few games I can play all the way through and not get bored / move onto another game. Why would you stop playing Uncharted, it’s a thrill ride from beginning to end. I can tell The Last of Us is aiming to be even more visceral and story focused…. which will make it even harder to wait because I ALREADY CANT WAITTT lol.

    But anyway, not like you guys need even more support.. but just in case you need a reminder that you’ve got plenty of fans out there who don’t care about a delay, still buying it asap and making sure all my psn friends know a new Naughty Dog game is out.. and to put down their “other games” and see what a REAL PS3 game + REAL character + story is about. :)

  • No worries Naughty Dog. Keep up the good work!

  • can’t wait. i m a naughty dog believer. i have faith this will be an action adventure that i will love. it seems a little less linear than most adventure games, so yeah

  • Take all the time you need! Except for Jak II, Naughty Dog makes the best games!

    BTW, are you ever going to fix the save/checkpoint system for Jak II on PS3?

  • Thank you for letting us know! The wait is a little bit longer but can’t wait!

  • Fallout 3 for PSN plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • That’s even better than the May 7th release date. I finish school on june 12th! I’ll be able to play non-stop and not worry about studying! Yeah!

  • Well i’m glad that it’s pushed back somewhat,I have to many games as is now.They want to make a top notch IP,this is understandable.

  • Is there any place where I can reserve a copy of the Post-Pandemic Edition? They’re sold out on Gamestop :-(

  • Please don’t add a filter for gore/language. It is an “M” rated game, and those not old enough, (17+) or old enough, but not mature enough to appreciate the content as is don’t need to play it.

  • Take you time ND. Quality has been your hallmark, please don’t ruin it….we’ll be buying it anyway.

    Meanwhile I’ll be playing the Jack n Dex HD remake that I bought 2 weeks ago :D

  • I believe Naughty Dog is the only developer out there that nobody would complain about a delay in release and still get a 4.5/5 rating for this post.
    Maybe you would release a DLC that bring Drake into this game for some treasure hunt? :)

  • I dont care naughty dog you guys are easily the one of the best developers out there you guys have my full respect, you guys can get my full $60 and i wont feel bad cuz i really got my moneys worth, can you please ADVERTISE this game MORE THOUGH? i want this game to be the best experience posible and i want people to know about it and get jeulous for not having a ps3 to play this game im sure this is a bit fanboish but i take pride in my stuff and game, and please have great multiplayer i want it to be just as good as the singleplayer. your doing the right thing delaying your game if its not ready!

  • ND deserves alot of credit this Generation for putting out QUALITY games (Uncharted series) and for them to put out another Ambitious new IP project with TLoU… they deserve to give us another game with very High Standards too… So ND, with this delay, you have my blessings to deliver us a Great Game and thx for what you have done for us this Generation.

  • As one of your biggest fans i really respect the decision,here in Egypt the gaming community isn’t really big,but i have convinced a lot o people to buy your games,i remember this one time i was at a store and Uncharted 3 was on the shelf and this random stranger was walking by looking for a good game he picked up uncharted 3 looked at the back and then put it back down and walked away, i shouted WAIT he looked back at me and said what?,i asked him if he was looking for a good game he of course said yes,i told him “well this game is the best game i have ever played in my life and i played a lot of games you have to buy it you wont regret it” he immediately picked it up and bought it i was so proud of myself as i had just convinced a complete stranger to buy the best game of ALL time.

  • Not worried about this wait at all. The Uncharted series is one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had so waiting for an all new experience from the same creators is almost a bonus as I am sure they are polishing and adding goodies that will only enhance the experience. Let’s be real, this gives me some time to make it through the other stack of games I have sitting on my shelf. Believe me as soon as this bad boy comes out I will at the store and it will be the only game in my system. Thanks for doing it right Naughty Dog! Looking forward to it. Have a countdown up on our website and am tweeting daily in honor of the game! Keep the goodness coming. :)

  • Any information as to when the demo will be released on the playstation store? Looking very forward to this game, its going to be Epic!!

  • i don’t care if its delayed because a delayed game is always a awesome game #NaughtyDog4life

  • Too many competitors going out on March? ;-)
    ‘Kidding, go and make a great game Dogs! Look forward to it!

  • sorry I mean *May* of course…

  • Whatever the release date, it’s always worth the wait. Thanks for the UPDATE……

  • Gah! I can’t wait! I been dying for this game since I first heard it announced. And I am a die hard Naughty Dog fan. Ever since Jak and Daxter. (It really changed my life around and has been my main fandom for years!)

    While I am disappointed in the delay, I am happy you guys are going the extra mile to make it extra fantastic for us!

  • It’s felt like an eternity, waiting for this game, but if it lives up to HALF of my expectations, it’s gonna be amazing! Thanks for taking the time to do it right…see you in June!!

  • Will you release a demo for those of us who don’t have God of War?

  • Yes! More time to spend with God of War Ascension! Because I will abandon it as soon as The Last of Us comes out. Not enough time for both at the same time.

  • Damn. Well I’m glad you’re making sure it’s fully complete. POST PANDEMIC EDITION FTW.

  • nooo that sucks

  • Take the time you need!!!!

    I wish more developers, and publishers would allow games to be delayed! That way we get a functional and enjoyable game!

    Thanks guys!!!! :-) Still Can’t wait though… ;-)

  • Im glad it will be polished to the best i hoe we see everything in the game Demo. This is a game i have waited for a very long time for!!!

  • Please release day one on PlayStation Network. Thanks. Love your games.

  • If it means to deliver the high-quality standard we expect from Naughty Dog, then I don’t mind the delay. It’s for the better and we appreciate the love and effort you guys put into your work! It’s unparalleled in this industry. You have our support!

  • Neil over here!!! =)
    I’m guessing this has to do with the technical aspects of the game? I can tell just by looking this is gonna push the ps3 pretty far, and it’s already an aging console. I’ve heard, and read some other people noting on aliasing glitches, texture pop ups in the demos. Or whatever I have no idea what that stuff means. I’ll buy it regardless of any minor preformance issues, but the ps4 is just around the corner, have you thought of the possility of a second release version of the game on the ps4:psn? It looks like an absolutely amazing game, and people will be aching to run it on the highest possible settings. Maybe a 60fps optimisation for the PS4? It looks like something I’ll want to play 10 years from now, so readjusting the game for the next set of hardware would keep it from being dated, and a re-release would propably give a good boost to sales, even once we’ve entered the PS4 era.

    Seriously I can’t wait to play this game =) but you should get the uncharty team to work on an all-out version that neglects all of the restrictions set by the ps3, for when the 4 comes out. A classic deserves as much =) and I’ll HAPPILY buy it twice ; )

    Thnx if you read this Neil =)

  • You guys check out the Uncharted 3 Harlem Shake Remix video we did dedicated to The Last Of Us.

  • @JROD0823

    A gore/language filter has nothing to do with being mature enough, some people don’t want to hear or see it. Yes, I know people will say don’t play it then. That is fine, but what if they still want the experience, I think there should be an option, and option mind you not mandatory, way to remove gore and/or curse words in the settings. I believe it will take away nothing from the dialogue or story.


    Excellent point. If your trying to clean up its act for children, violence would need a filter too.

    I highly hope that those buying it for kids understand their child is mature enough.

  • I agree with many people that Naughty Dog should take as long as they need, I’ll be buying it day one regardless, I’m excited that they decided to hold off on releasing it a while longer, with naughty dog I know it’s not a (oh no it might not be enough) issue, it’s more than likely a (let’s see just how much we can make gamers talk after they play this) issue. Keep up the great work.

  • I really hope to see the team at Naughty Dog lay down similar ownage on PS4. This game will be awesome.

  • Son of a gun, that’s such a let down. My birthday is on May 8th and I was SOOOOOO pumped to get it a day before(I just might cry). As long as the delay is a positive outcome on the game, take as long as you want Naughty Dog.

  • I’m gonna need a special edition of this game that comes with a statue of Joe…. Drake needs a friend. :D

    Can’t wait for this release, definitely one of my most anticipated titles this year.

  • on june 14 will be the last day i play black ops 2 .naughty naughty dog

  • I know I will receive a verbal bludgeoning for saying this… I’m a Microsoft kinda guy. I was heart broken after hearing this was releasing as a PS exclusive. I just could not accept not playing this game, so I forked out the cash and bought me a PS3 ($125 for a 160GB from ebay.. got me a smokin deal! yeah I tested it with a borrowed game LOL)
    I went to Gamestop and pre-ordered the game, paid in full just in case I happen to be broke come May 7th. And not but 5 days later I find out I have to wait another month for release. But I respect the reasoning and actually it just so happens to be right before my birthday, June 19th. Thanx in advanced for the Bday present guys cause I know it will be awesome!

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