It Was Only a Matter of Time, Right?
The Last of Us: Part 2 was a big deal, and in a lot of ways would have made a perfect launch title. Instead, Naughty Dog decided to go down the same route they went down with the original game, releasing it in the last year of the PlayStation 4’s lifespan. We quickly saw a PS4 remaster released, and it looks like history could be repeating itself.
In a recent interview, Hermen Hulst – head of PlayStation studios – was asked about his game of the year for 2020, and had the following to say:
“In fact, you cannot expect me to choose just one game here. So I am not going to. Btw, I am also very impressed with the work that Sucker Punch and Naughty Dog did to make both titles run so well on PS5.”
He’s obviously referring to two games: The Last of Us: Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima – but what’s interesting is that while we’ve seen a PS5 upgrade for Ghost of Tsushima already, we haven’t seen one for The Last of Us: Part 2 as of yet. Sure, the game still looks amazing on the PS5 – arguably better than some PS5 games – but given the vast majority of PS4 games are compatible with the PS5, it’s odd for Hulst to point out Naughty Dog’s efforts at making The Last of Us: Part 2 play well on the PS5 if they haven’t made any changes to the game itself, hinting that a remaster is on the way.
Both games received rave reviews for pushing the PS4’s technology to its limits, and Ghost of Tsushima’s upgrade has improved framerates and faster loading speeds – so what can a PS5 upgrade for The Last of Us: Part 2 achieve? Well, it’s possible that alongside these new visual upgrades we’ll see Naughty Dog take advantage of some of the features of the DualSense controller, such as the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. It would certainly explain the extra delay because, let’s face it – The Last of Us: Part 2 didn’t do anything by half measures, so why skimp on the upgrade?