The Last of Us Part 2 remaster might buy Naughty Dog more time

Recent The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered rumors could suggest Sony developer Naughty Dog is buying time after its upcoming live-service game was delayed.

The Last of Us Part 2 remaster might buy Naughty Dog more time
Lee Brady

Lee Brady

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Here's hoping all you PS5 owners out there are eager to earn The Last of Us Part II trophies for a second time, because recent The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered rumors seems to imply the game is on its way. However, despite being one of the best PS4 games around, I'm sure what you're really hungry for is pretty much anything else from Sony's first-party hit factory Naughty Dog.

The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered rumors abound after Factions delay

The rumor itself comes via an interview with The Last of Us' award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, who in a recent interview (translated from Spanish via TCMF2 on Twitter) spoke openly about his cameo in The Last of Us Part 2 (you can find him chilling out, playing guitar in the game's opening chapter in Jackson). In the interview, Santaolalla suggested that a "new version" of his role — most likely referring to The Last of Us Part 2, as The Last of Us Part 3 has only just entered pre-production — would allow you to request a few songs from the musician.
It's not a lot to go on, but with Naughty Dog having released The Last of Us Remastered on PS4 and The Last of Us Part 1 on PS5 largely as stopgaps between new original games, it also seems perfectly believable. Given that the studio's current slate of productions still sounds like they might be some ways off, it makes sense that the company would take on smaller, faster projects — like an upgraded port of The Last of Us Part 2 — to keep the money coming. This would help buy the studio time between now and whenever they plan to release something new.

However, given that most of the buzz around Naughty Dog lately has skewed negative, it raises questions as to whether this is the right time for another re-release. In terms of recent events, there was the huge The Last of Us multiplayer delay, a setback that threatens to keep the tentatively titled Factions perpetually away from any future PS5 launch. There's the promotion of Neil Druckmann to Naughty Dog president, which would be generally positive news if it hadn't come hand-in-hand with the announcement that long-time boss Evan Wells would be retiring.

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There were also the rumors regarding Naughty Dog's next game being a fantasy — negatively tinged only for the fact that it's been three years since the launch of the PS5 and we still haven't received any official word about the project. Now comes the latest The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered rumors, which under other circumstances might have been welcomed, but along with the added context of a rather quiet PlayStation Studios line-up, it's become rather hard to imagine many fans seeing the positive side here.

Much of the ambivalent reaction I detected in fans on the lead-up to publishing our The Last of Us Part 1 review focused largely on a perception that the studio was mismanaging its time and resources by pouring money into a ground-up remake of The Last of Us. So, on the one hand, perhaps fans will find themselves a little less frustrated, as it's hard to imagine Naughty Dog taking the same approach for a port of the 2020 sequel.
On the other hand, fans being expected to once more step up and buy old games to keep the prospect of future Naughty Games alive is bound to wear on a lot of nerves. Up to a certain point, I think we can all emphasize with Naughty Dog's position here — it can't possibly be an easy job producing and manufacturing expensive, time-costly AAA games for expectant PlayStation fans.

That said, if fan frustration has largely been focusing on the slow turnaround of new games and the constant bevy of re-releases, perhaps then Naughty Dog and Sony should really be thinking about whether those productions really need to be as costly and time-consuming as they are. At the end of the day, we all just want more games from our favorite studio, right?

TLOULet's keep the door open for another approach.

However, I must reiterate that it only sounds like The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is happening based on the composer's interview — frustrated as fans are, it's not yet confirmed whether they should actually be frustrated at this project just yet. Would you pick it up if it did see a release on Sony's latest console? Would it deserve a spot on your digital shelf alongside the best PS5 games we've seen thus far? Let us know down in the comments below.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Marvel's Spider-Man 2), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium, recent Sony news), and his secret third eye on the junk he really likes (Sonic Superstars, Final Fantasy XVI). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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