The Last of Us – First Details Revealed

The first details for the just-unveiled PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us has been revealed.

Firstly, the first official details have been revealed over at Naughty Dog’s official YouTube page.

The game’s protagonists are Joel and Ellie. Joel is a ruthless survivor and Ellie is a young teenage girl who is mature beyond her age. Here are the first details below.

The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Abandoned cities are being reclaimed by nature and the remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a brave teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.

Additionally, developer Naughty Dog’s co-president Evan Wells said in a press release:

We are excited to finally unveil The Last of Us, a project the team has been working hard on for some time. Naughty Dog’s mission is to change the way people experience videogames. We are confident The Last of Us will take a leap forward in cinematic gaming and storytelling, providing gamers with an experience unlike anything else in the industry.

Also, Sony confirmed that The Last of Us has some of the industry’s ‘most talented game designers’ which includes Bruce Straley, game director, as well as Neil Druckmann, creative director; lead game designer & game director of Uncharted 2, respectively.

Secondly, the debut trailer for the game can be viewed below, which showcases the ‘teenage girl’ – as described in the official details above – and Joel who fight off creatures infected by a ‘modern plague’.

Courtesy of NeoGAF, fungus may have a presence in the game:

The image may have a relation to Cordyceps Fungus; the ‘mind-control Killer-Fungi’:

Furthermore, here are the comparison pictures for Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us:

GameTrailers TV host Geoff Keighely said:

I told you that you wouldn’t believe. Naughty Dog had a second full team working in secret on LastofUs! What an amazing trailer.

Naughty Dog further confirmed:

That’s right… We have 2 teams at Naughty Dog now and our next game on PS3 is ‘The Last of Us’ #LastOfUs #naughtydog

The developer’s co-founder, Evan Wells, also said:

Btw, The Last of Us trailer was entirely captured from a Playstation 3.

Also, Neil Druckmann stated:

#thelastofus of is Naughty Dog’s 4th franchise and the game I’ve been working on for the last two years.

Additionally, the voice actors for Joel and Ellie have been revealed via a Naughty Dog developer:

The two leads of #thelastofus are played by Troy Baker and @TheVulcanSalute. You’ll be hearing from them pretty soon. (via @Neil_Druckmann)

Check out the the first screens below: