Yesterday I received a surprising email. It was from our very good friends over at Sony Computer Entertainment Canada. Believe it or not, but we’ve actually been dealing with these fine folks for almost a decade now. It’s incredible how fast time flies when you’re having fun. The email contained a shocking message, that The Last of Us would arrive at our east austin office space sometime later this week. When exactly is still up in the air, but the very fact we will have one of the biggest games of 2013 this early means we have lots and lots of special coverage planned. So why should you be excited?
For starters The Last of Us is looking like it could be not just one of the best games of 2013, but of the entire generation. Developed by Naughty Dog, the creators of this generation’s Uncharted series, as well as the Jak & Daxter series and the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy, The Last of Us looks like the most ambitious title the studio has ever worked on. Here’s a glimpse at the reveal trailer.
If that doesn’t get the juices flowing, I don’t know what will. Shortly after working on Uncharted 2, Naughty Dog split itself up into two different teams. One got to work on Uncharted 3, while the other started work on this new IP. From the moment I saw the above trailer I was hooked. This looks like a genre defining experience. We already know Naughty Dog are master storytellers, and with this new world they’ve created I can only imagine how all the little touches will come together.
To say I’m excited about The Last of Us would be a lie, I’m ecstatic! I’ve been craving a new survival horror-type game for the longest time. One that combines excellent storytelling, fantastic action, and a sense of danger. While TloU may prove to be just an action game, I think there’s much more going on here than anyone realizes. I’ve also been super excited to try out the revolutionary AI system, which makes your partner character react unlike any other game in this genre. Is this all hype, or have the fine folks at Naughty Dog done the impossible?
In just a few days, the secrets of this brilliant looking game will slowly reveal themselves. In celebration of this monumental occasion, I plan to post a series of articles, all completely spoiler-free, highlighting my time in this unique game world. There will also be a video series I will post where I talk about my reactions. I have to be extremely careful what I say, but I’ve been doing this for a very long time now, so be rest assured I will not spoil anything for you. I know you’re just as excited about this game as I am.