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The Last Of Us: Third-Person Confirmed And Story Details

Yeah, we know. You want to have every last detail concerning Naughty Dog's new project, The Last Of Us.

Well, you'll probably have to wait a bit for full disclosure, but at least we have some baseline information from the developers, which is a start.

According to USA Today, the two characters you see in the trailer - Joel and Ellie - meet at the start of the adventure and team up. Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann says Joel sees Ellie as "his one chance at redemption." This comes from an idea for a graphic novel Druckmann had back in 2008; it involved a father and daughter in a zombie tale. The idea had potential, after all.

But just to be clear, Naughty Dog has confirmed to other sources that The Last Of Us is definitely not a "zombie game." As for how the studio approached the new project, Naughty dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra said they had guys who "wanted to be challenged." After Uncharted 2: Among Thieves shipped, a few members moved over to work on The Last Of Us while others stuck around to work on Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

Lastly, we learn that their new project will be played in the third-person perspective, like the Uncharted series. And in regards to the progressive nature of the project... Said Balestra:

"We're trying to move the medium of video games into an area elevated in the same manner of respect of film. We want to redefine what our medium is even called. 'Video game' is not an accurate name anymore. It is not necessarily a game with rules and a winner and a loser. It's an experience."

Man, we can't wait to hear and see more.

Related Game(s): The Last Of Us

Tags: the last of us, naughty dog, the last of us details, the last of us gameplay

12/13/2011 9:00:50 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (29 posts)

rogers71
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 9:26:49 PM
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You had me at 'Naughty Dog'. D1P for me. I don't care about any details. Oh yes, I will have this:)

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inkme101
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 9:39:36 PM

same^^^^

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leatherface
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 11:45:30 PM

Yes! Naughty Dog is gonna put the fun back in fungus.

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AntDC
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 9:34:58 PM
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The people complaining about it being a "zombie game" must of been completely ignoring the fact that time and time again it's been stated pretty clearly to being a "fungal virus". I read somewhere that it's more of a "love story", which sounds good to me, great to hear that this will be story driven instead of a mindless shooter.

I mean, come on, what were we expecting? This is Naughty Dog after all...

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Looking Glass
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 12:29:25 AM

Love story you say? I hope that's not as in romantic love. There's way too much of an age difference between the two main characters. But on the other hand if it's a kind of father/daughter love then I'm fine with that.

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 1:45:06 PM

yah am down with that, it might bring us tears in our eyes at some moments.

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firesoul453
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 9:54:22 PM
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I LOVE games that focus on a whole experience, not just gameplay!

I want an epic story!

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 10:19:57 PM
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Zombie?
From the VGA trailer, I don't see any zombie AT ALL, I only see mutated beings.

Anyway, I liked how Naughty Dog is taking a different approach and the theme of survival.

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JuicyShinobi
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 11:15:56 PM
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I was never interested in playing Uncharted and never bought it, but I do admit it has awesome graphics. Now, I just stumbled upon this trailer of "The Last of Us" 2 days ago and it caught my interest (one of my favorite genres is survival-horror). So far I'm liking how Naughty dog is not focusing much on the fungi-infected humans and stuff, but it'll be nice if they can have some very scary moments in the game too. (example: the older Silent hill and Resident evil games, Fatal frame, Siren..and so on.)

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cLoudou
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 11:52:06 PM
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Third person again? I thought these guys were the best and would of tried something new or different. Gimme a side scrolling survival horror, I know that hasn't been done yet.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 5:19:48 PM

It most definitely has not been done. Haha, would be kind of weird though. I mean, would it just be you walking around and shooting at whatever 'zombie' comes onto the screen?

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iwillbetheone
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 12:59:41 AM
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Now, we know why Uncharted 3 didn't match the standards set by the previous one.

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Rogueagent01
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 3:10:30 AM
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I don't mind that it is going to be third person even though I prefer the more realistic first person view. I just wish more companies would play Metal Gear Online and see that you can offer both in the same game and make everyone happy.

Many of the people that are saying zombie are simply using the word as a comparison, the creatures can be loosely interpreted as zombies though most people know that is not what they are. I mean seriously who wants to say "fungal cauliflower heads are chasing me", zombie just rolls of the tongue especially with the amount of zombie titles, movies, and books there are. People really need to lighten up on picking on the people that use the word zombie.

And the "video game is not an accurate name anymore" comment really didn't need to be made. Many gamers have been using the word experience(d) since the Legend Of Zelda or FF VII days. He needs to get his head out of the sand and realize many of us are already there.

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Lairfan
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 4:27:00 PM

He's talking about people outside the industry calling it an experience. I'm sure he realizes that gamers have been wanting great "experiences" for years and year now. He just wants to make the gaming industry in general more legitimate to the other entertainment industries, and IMO its an admirable goal.

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Rogueagent01
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 6:31:32 PM

Why? We are talking about an industry that is already on par with the music and movie industry as far as revenue. There are also probably around a billion consoles that have been purchased over the last 40 years not including the PC market. This is just an educated guess seeing that 150 million+ PS2s, 50 million PS3s, 55 million 360s, and I have never kept track of handhelds, plus I am not sure how many Wiis have sold either. And these ae just the recent consoles and not even up to date, just what I have seen over the last several months. If my guess is even close that is 1 in 7 people in the world that take the industry seriously. Why would anyone care if say the New York Times or Roger Ebert take it serious.

The industry doesn't need to prove anything to anyone who is outside the circle. It is a pointless statement and just invites those that don't take the industry seriously a reason to attack. Developers should steer clear of those kinds of comments as they just fuel the fire of those that want to argue that video games are a fad or only for kids.

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Jakintosh
Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 11:09:49 AM

@ RougeAgent01

As someone who is currently studying in college to be part of the game industry, I can tell you that I HAVE done the research and you are completely wrong. While yes, the Game industry makes similar amounts of money, the amount of people who play each game is absolutely ridiculously smaller than the amount of people that listen to each song, or see each movie. As an extreme example, 800 million people have seen "Gone with the Wind". There has never been a game that has had anywhere near that number of players. There is still a HUGE potential for growth in the industry, and THAT's what Christophe is getting at. Naughty Dog isn't after the money, they're trying to change the the worlds perspective of the game industry.

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Rogueagent01
Friday, December 16, 2011 @ 5:28:34 AM

I understand what you are saying there, but at the same time lets look at how many hours have been logged in say any of the CoD games. I'll guarantee there has been more hours spent on just one of those titles than the hours total time spent watching Gone With The Wind. That type of comparison is really hard to make being that this industry is interactive versus the movie or music industry which is essentially passive.

The thing is you wouldn't use the number of players versus the amount of people that watched. And even with the 800 million that have seen it, you have to factor in that a tiny percentage of those actually bought it. Most probably seen it on TV, that again makes it very hard to run comparisons with. They are three very different forms of media and drawing comparisons is essentially pointless for us all. The fact that they already pull in similar amounts of money is one of the only real comparisons that can be made.

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___________
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 4:12:53 AM
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got endless amounts of potential this!
whether it reaches that potential or not is another story.......

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Lairfan
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 4:28:50 PM

Wow, that's pretty much passive-aggressively stating that you're going to try and find something wrong with the game just because its made by Naughty Dog, and because they don't do endless amounts of exposition like you want them to with their stories. Good luck with having any fun with good games like this with that kind of attitude sir.

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D1g1tal5torm
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 4:49:02 AM
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I would like ND to do an fps, that would be an interesting project.

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halebound00
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 7:08:22 AM
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Not that I would ever use it much, but the one thing I thought would have made Uncharted even more awesome was if was dual 1st/3rd person a la MSG4. I remember playing it and thinking how cool it was to be able to switch to 1st person when things got hairy. I imagine something like that poses technical challenges, but I am fairly sure Naughty Dog could handle it. It would've helped move some units too. But, hey, here's always Uncharted 4, right?

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slugga_status
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 7:31:44 AM
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I just like the fact that they're giving us something new that doesn't appear to be taking a step backwards. I don't really need anymore details as I trust ND to the fullest. This is a D1P for me.

I don't get why people want to have ND do a FPS or have FPS elements in a game. Yes, it was a decent addition to MGS games..I just don't see the need for it in LoU nor does ND need to make a FPS. The last thing I want is for ND to include FPS elements..then it would be MGS with far more action and no stealth..

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jimmyhandsome
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 8:59:59 AM
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It may not be a "zombie game" per se, but there will be inevitable comparisons to "The Walking Dead", "I Am Legend", and other post-apocalyptic movies and TV shows that feature some kind of zombies or mutated beings. Science isn't my specialty but, a bacteria out break isn't that much different from a fungus out break, is it?

I hope that there are more than just mutated humans that the duo needs to survive from. Maybe mutated animals as well?

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matt99
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 10:27:06 AM
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At first I was a little apprehensive, not because I think they'll do a bad job, but because I love Uncharted so much and want more...but the more I read of The Last of Us the more excited I get.

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wambo
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 11:36:43 AM
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Jawknee was spot when he said those creatures a'rnt zombies, an i have to agree they did'nt look like zombies to me either.

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Douchebaguette
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 4:37:57 PM
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Lol, "Ellie." Ellie as in short for Ellen Page? =P.

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Robochic
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 5:45:31 PM
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I really can't wait ND is amazing and i know this experience will be amazing as well.

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Qubex
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 @ 8:39:00 PM
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"The Last Of Us" is something special, and it will be a D1P for me too :)

I can't wait for it...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Senergized
Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 10:16:01 PM
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Damn the trailer looks good cant wait

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