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“The Last of Us” Movie Plot to Have Big Changes

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With the movie version of video game “The Last of Us” movie forward, we still know very little about the plot and the cast has yet to be confirmed. However, recently, the game’s director as well as writer of the film script, Neil Druckmann, was able to give fans a little bit of insight into the film.

In an interview with Game Informer (via Gamespot), Druckmann revealed that the second draft of the film script has been completed. Also a table read for the film adaptation has taken place with “a bunch of actors” but he didn’t say who. Though fans desperately hope that “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams will be cast in the lead role of Ellie.

The biggest revelation was that the script for the film version has some big changes compared to the video game plot. Druckmann said,

“(It’s) Pretty faithful to the game. There are some big changes, but the tone and what the story’s trying to say is pretty faithful to the game.”

“The Last of Us” follows hardened survivor Joel and Ellie, a young and capable girl, on their journey through a radically transformed world. Set twenty years after an infectious pandemic spread by the cordyceps virus ravaged the course of humanity, these two people, who were brought together by chance, must make life-altering decisions in order to survive. The Last of Us explores themes of survival, loyalty, love, and redemption in an emotionally charged expedition across a post-epidemic United States.

Druckmann will co-produce the film along with Naughty Dog Co-Presidents’ Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, Game Director Bruce Straley, and Sam Raimi via the Ghost House Pictures banner.

“The Last of Us” Movie Confirmed and Eyeing Maisie Williams

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It has been several months since the rumblings of a live action film adaptation of “The Last of Us” was mentioned but at Comic-Con last week, Screen Gems confirmed it is in the works. The adaptation is to be produced by Sam Raimi with Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann as the writer. The studio released a poster for the film at Comic-Con which you can see above!

Even further, Druckmann revealed that they are looking at “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams for the role of Ellie. He said they met with her but as of right now there is no official deal. There has been no talk about the role of Joel as of yet but it could easily be played by the voice actor from the video game, Troy Baker, as he motion captured the character as well.

“The Last of Us” is a PlayStation game that won several “Game of the Year” awards in 2013. It follows two survivors, Joel and Ellie. It takes places twenty years after an infectious pandemic spread by the cordyceps virus ravaged the course of humanity, these two people, who were brought together by chance, must make life-altering decisions in order to survive. The Last of Us explores themes of survival, loyalty, love, and redemption in an emotionally charged expedition across a post-epidemic United States.

The Last of Us: Remastered PS4 Release Date Announced

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Sony officially announced at this year’s E3 press conference that “The Last of Us: Remastered” will release on PS4 on July 29.

“The Last of Us” initially launched on PlayStation 3 back in June 2013. It ended up winning IGN’s Game of the Year 2013 award. It is widely considered a masterpiece (and I completely agree.)

The game follows Joel (voiced and motion-captured by Troy Baker) escorting the young Ellie (Ashley Johnson) across a post-apocalyptic United States that has been ravaged by infection. The player uses firearms, improvised weapons and stealth techniques to defend against hostile humans and zombie-like creatures infected by a mutated strain of the Cordyceps fungus.

For players that preorder The Last of Us Remastered for PS4 from stores will receive the following extras:

  • 100 Supply Points (XP) for use in Factions mode
  • Two special bonus skins for Joel and Ellie which will be unlocked after your complete the single player campaign
  • Increased Crafting Speed for use in the Single Player Campaign
  • Increased Healing Speed for use in the Single Player Campaign
  • 9mm Reload Speed Increase Upgrade for use in the Single Player Campaign
  • Rifle Clip Capacity Increase Upgrade for use in the Single Player Campaign

Players that preorder on the PlayStation Store will receive three extra preorder bonuses to unlocks in Factions multiplayer that include:

  • Early Access to the Brawler Survival Skill in Factions Mode
  • Early Access to additional Loadout Points for use in Factions mode
  • Early Access to the Jeep Cap and Surgical Mask for use in Factions mode

The Last of Us on PS4 Uses More Detailed Character Models

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Neil Druckmann of Naughty Dog Games has revealed that the remastered edition of “The Last of Us” on the PlayStation 4 will display character models closer to high-fidelity.

“We don’t build it with high assets in mind to then port it, but it did give us a leg up,” Druckmann told the publication which is available now in print and digitally. “If we hadn’t done that, we might not have made the call to bring it over to PS4.”

He also explained that in order to bring the celebrated game to the PS4, the team has to start from scratch with an entirely different architecture.

“Our cinematics are now running at 1080p and 60fps, and that involved rendering them all from scratch. It’s interesting that now [instead of a technical bottleneck], the bottleneck is ‘Can we fit all this on the disc?'”

Thankfully for those who already own the game on the PS3 will be entitled to get the game on PS4 for a discount.

“The Last of Us Remastered” is scheduled for release in the third or fourth quarter of 2014.

New DLC For “The Last of Us” Announced

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Naughty Dog has just announced new DLC (and very likely the final DLC) for “The Last of Us.” The upcoming downloadable content will be titled the Grounded Bundle while its purpose is for those who are still playing the blockbuster game’s multiplayer mode.

Grounded Mode is an all-new difficulty setting that significantly ups the ante.

“The AI is relentless, smart, and brutal, and survival will be near impossible. ‘Completed Grounded Mode’ might be one of the most difficult Trophies you’ll ever earn,” writes Naughty Dog’s Eric Monacelli.

Grounded Mode costs $4.99.

There are also four new maps available for the multiplayer mode. The map bundle is called Reclaimed Territories.

The four maps are called Wharf, Capitol, Coal Mine, and Water Tower. The Wharf is “where Joel encountered Robert” in the campaign. Capitol is “set in Boston,” while the Coal Mine is “set in Colorado.” And finally, the Water Tower is located in Lincoln, Pennsylvania, and is “perfect for close quarters melee.”

Purchased alone, these maps will cost $9.99.

In case you want some new and unique guns while playing “The Last of Us,” the bundle has you covered. The Specter is a silenced assault rifle “that’s great if your style is stealth stalker.” The Double Barrel is a “classic, deadly, double-barrel shotgun.” The Enforcer is a “highly accurate pistol,” while the Launcher is “a weapon that fires small explosives.”

Buy them bundled together in the Survivalist Weapon Bundle for $5.99.

The best part of the bundle is that there are TWO new survival skills. Situational Survival Skills, can be purchased for $3.99. It includes Agility (“climb, vault, and move while crouching faster than you could before”), Awareness (“see enemy nametags before they see yours”), Fortitude (“you’ll take longer to bleed out, crawl faster, and have more health when downed”), and Scavenger (“automatically pick up ammo and supplies”).

The second survival skill is called Professional. It includes Gunslinger (“spawn with more pistol ammo”), Bomb Expert (“your bombs will explode more quickly”), Executioner (“earn more parts for shiv kills and special executions”), and Damage Marker (“automatically mark any enemies you hit”).

In addition, every player of “The Last of Us” – season pass holders or otherwise – will receive a brand-new weapon free of charge, called the Full-Auto Rifle. Naughty Dog has yet to reveal the release date of this gun — or any of the aforementioned DLC — but we hope to have that for you soon.

Also of note, this DLC – and the other DLC that was released earlier this year – will be included in the PlayStation 4 release, “The Last of Us: Remastered.”

If you have the season pass, the bundle is meant for you, however if you want to buy the pieces of the bundle a la carte, you can do that, too.

The Last of Us Remastered Coming to PS4 Summer 2014

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“The Last of Us” (also known as one of the greatest games ever made) will be released on the PlayStation 4 this summer in a “Remastered” edition. The news was confirmed by Sony earlier this week.

According to PlayStation community strategist Arne Meyer,

“Moving our efforts to the PS4 has allowed us to remaster an already phenomenal looking The Last of Us in 1080p with a list of upgrades including higher resolution character models, improved shadows and lighting, upgraded textures, along with even more improvements. We love setting challenging technical hurdles for us when working on each game – and this is no different. We’ve been working hard on The Last of Us Remastered to release a next-gen evolution worthy of the 200+ Game of the Year awards, not to mention the acclaim and expectations of our fans. We will be revealing more detailed information about the upgrades for the PS4 version in the coming months.”

All the major content that has been released since the game launched in June 2013 will be included and an exclusive director’s commentary for all the in-game cinematics will be included as well. The commentary will feature Creative Director and Writer, Neil Druckmann; Voice Actor, Troy Baker, who plays Joel; and BAFTA Award winning Voice Actress, Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie.

For players that preorder The Last of Us Remastered for PS4 from stores will receive the following extras:

  • 100 Supply Points (XP) for use in Factions mode
  • Two special bonus skins for Joel and Ellie which will be unlocked after your complete the single player campaign
  • Increased Crafting Speed for use in the Single Player Campaign
  • Increased Healing Speed for use in the Single Player Campaign
  • 9mm Reload Speed Increase Upgrade for use in the Single Player Campaign
  • Rifle Clip Capacity Increase Upgrade for use in the Single Player Campaign

Players that preorder on the PlayStation Store will receive three extra preorder bonuses to unlocks in Factions multiplayer that include:

  • Early Access to the Brawler Survival Skill in Factions Mode
  • Early Access to additional Loadout Points for use in Factions mode
  • Early Access to the Jeep Cap and Surgical Mask for use in Factions mode

“The Last Of Us” To Become A Movie Produced By Sam Raimi

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It was rumored several months ago that Naughty Dog’s hit video game, “The Last of Us” was possibly in talks to be adapted into film and now that rumor is official.

The game of the year for many people and one of my personal favorite games of, well, ever, is on course become a movie with Sam Raimi set to produce via his Ghost House Pictures while Screen Gems will distribute. Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells, Christophe Balestra, Neil Druckmann, and Bruce Straley are also producing.

“The Last of Us” is primarily set 20 years after a devastating virus ended the world as we know it, turning most humans into horrifying mutated creatures and leaving the rest to do whatever it takes to survive. It follows Joel (Troy Baker), as he attempts to get a young girl named Ellie (Ashley Johnson) who might hold the key to finding a cure for the infection across the country and into the hands of a group known as the Fireflies.

Screen Gems  president Clint Culpepper said this about the recent announcement,

“Screen Gems’ Brian Dukes and Eric Ling brought this game to my attention insisting we go after it. When I saw the quality of the storytelling, I knew the audience for this project was far greater than just the gaming community and that Neil Druckmann must write the screenplay. I am thrilled that SCEA’s Riley Russell was able to get me in front of Neil and Evan Wells to plead my case. And Sam and his team at Ghost House round out the perfect team to help realize Neil’s vision.”

Currently there is no word on who the studios or producers are eyeing to star in the lead roles, but hey maybe we will get lucky and have both Johnson and  Baker as the main cast. Dare I dream?

The Last of Us: Left Behind to be Released on February 14

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Good news everyone! Naughty Dog has finally announced a release date for “The Last of Us” DLC entitled, “Left Behind.” The single player DLC will be available on February 14th for $14.99. What a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

In “Left Behind,” Ellie returns as new light is shed on her relationship with Riley, her best friend from the military boarding school they both grew up in. After inexplicably disappearing for weeks, Riley re-emerges in Ellie’s life with a surprising revelation. The two sneak out of their school for the last time, leading to a series of events that will forever change both of their lives.

You can watch the teaser for the DLC below:

New Cinematic Teaser for The Last of Us: Left Behind

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Naughty Dog has officially revealed the new teaser for upcoming DLC release for “The Last of Us” called “Left Behind.” The DLC is single player and will hit the PlayStation Network for $14.99. At the moment no official release date for the DLC has been confirmed unfortunately.

The teaser brings us our favorite foul-mouthed apocalypse survivor, Ellie, and the first look at her best friend Riley, played by Yaani King.

It should be noted that you will have to have “The Last of Us” disc to play the DLC. You can watch the teaser trailer below:

“The Last of Us” Film Adaptation In The Works?

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“The Last of Us” is one of the best games of the year. Seriously. So could we possibly see a movie version in the future? Sony has reportedly registered two domain names that seem to suggest a movie based on the games is in the works.

On November 25, Sony’s online brand protection agency MarkMonitor, registered the domain names: TheLastOfUs-Movie.com and TheLastOfUsMovie.net. Even more so, the registrant’s email has a Sony Pictures address. You can check out the listing on Domain Tools.

None of this has been confirmed by Sony at the moment, but fans all over the world are likely feeling a wide range of emotions somewhere between cautious optimism and justified refusal.

“The Last of Us” is a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Cities are abandoned and being reclaimed by nature. Remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a young teenage girl who’s braver and wiser beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.