Timing not right for 'Last of Us' remake
A remake of one of my favorite games of all time is reportedly in development at my favorite video game development studio, and rather than being excited about it I am more confused and slightly disappointed.
Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier wrote an article last week that takes a look at the goings-on at several PlayStation studios.
Schreier's story went into detail on several projects, including a pitch for a sequel to 2019's post apocalyptic biker game "Days Gone" that Sony decided not to go forward with, an unannounced sequel to the Uncharted series and, most surprisingly to me, a remake of 2013's excellent "The Last of Us."
I say surprising because there is really no need for a remake of "The Last of Us" at this time.
It's only been eight years since "The Last of Us" came out on PlayStation 3, which was followed up with an enhanced remaster for the PlayStation 4 a year later.
According to Schreier's report, development on the remake was started at Sony's Visual Arts Service Group studio, which has never released its own game but is more of a support studio that helps other developers put the finishing touches on their games. While Sony liked the idea of a remake, it never gave Visual Arts Service Group the funding and staff it needed for the project, and instead reportedly moved it over to Naughty Dog, the developers of the original "The Last of Us" and last year's sequel.
Sure, they could make a new version of the game that looks better and takes advantage of the PlayStation 5's added horsepower and lightning fast SSD. But the game still looks and runs great as it is, and I don't know if there's anything they could do to improve its already excellent story and acting.
While I really don't want to see a remake of "The Last of Us" anytime soon, there is one way they could potentially make it work. Filming is expected to start in July on HBO's adaptation of "The Last of Us," a series starring "The Mandalorian's" Pedro Pascal in the lead role of Joel and "Game of Thrones" alum Bella Ramsey in the role of Ellie. If Naughty Dog was to remake its game with the cast of the HBO series, that could differentiate itself enough from the original release to pique my interest.
That said, Naughty Dog is my favorite game studio, so at this point anything it makes is a must-buy for me, but I'd rather see "The Last of Us: Part III" over any remake.
Dusty Ricketts can be reached at email@example.com. He is currently playing "Star Wars: Republic Commando" and "Marvel's Spider-Man." You can find him to play online through his PlayStation Network ID: DustRAG316.