The PS4 edition is good for more than just raking in the dough.
Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us: Remastered is now available in North America for the PlayStation 4 and offers a significant visual upgrade over the one-year old PS3 title. It was more about just remastering the game though as The Last of Us on PS4 helped Naughty Dog transition to the next gen console that much easier according to community strategist Arne Meyer.
Speaking to CVG, Meyer stated that, “We had been working on a PS4 engine and tools for a while at that point. “There were a couple of reasons that we decided to do it and one was that we thought back to when we had to build an engine from scratch when moving between PS2 and PS3 – that was a really painful time for the studio and we wanted to avoid that with PS4. Nothing helps a transition between consoles more than making a full game, because you learn so much about what you need for tools.
“We’re always building on top of what we’ve done previously, and The Last of Us Remastered is probably one of the more concrete examples in a way. We’re making this in a way that benefits our PS4 tools pipeline so that we can have a good head start on our next, full PS4 game.”
Which in this case seems to be Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, though there are two brand new experiences in development at Naughty Dog as well. We’ll see how it all pans out in the coming months.