A remaster of the 2020 game is coming.
Key art for The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered was leaked via a PlayStation Store listing that was spotted by fans early in the day on November 17. A trailer for this game, which still wasn't even announced yet, also leaked online. The leaked information and trailer say that The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered will be released on January 19, 2024.

Since that initial leak earlier in the day, Sony confirmed all of the information and also made the official announcement. A posting to the PlayStation Blog dishes all of the details on The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered. That includes the fact that those that already own The Last of Us Part 2 will be able to upgrade to The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered for $10 at launch. It's not free, but it's better than having to rebuy the entire game again.

New in this release is a new game mode called No Return, a "roguelike survival" mode that includes various randomized encounters.

The mode includes a host of playable characters to choose from – some playable for the first time in The Last of Us franchise (which you may have spotted in our trailer) – who each come with their own traits to suit different playstyles. Players will chart their own course on each run, choosing between various stealth and combat encounters that will pit you against a range of enemies, with unique twists that can add new, unexpected factors to any given encounter.

Each run will offer a new chance to decide what rewards you get after each encounter, how you spec out your character, and more. Unlock more characters, skins, and more as you progress to use in the mode, customize your own runs, and compete on a global leaderboard as part of a Daily Run2. We’re excited to share more about No Return as we get closer to launch.
Also included in The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered will be some "Lost Levels." These are some early development versions of levels that aren't actually in the final version of the game.

A new set of Lost Levels in Part II Remastered allow players a unique chance to check out some playable sequences previously cut from the game. These aren’t fully finished levels, but rather early-development slices that not only let you see some new glimpses of Part II’s world, but also include embedded developer commentary to give them richer context. Explore these spaces and hear directly from the team about the intention of aspects of each level – this is a unique inclusion for our studio and we’re excited to allow players a glimpse into the creative process.
Other new features coming with this release include a 4K Fidelity Mode, 1440p (upscaled to 4K) Performance Mode, and an unlocked framerate option for VRR capable displays. There will be increased texture resolution, increased LOD distances, improved shadow quality, better "animation sampling rate," DualSense controller features, and faster loading. You will also be able to freely play the guitar (and other instruments) in the aptly named Guitar Free Play mode.

Pre-orders for this release open on December 5. There will be a standard edition along with a W.L.F. Edition that you can only get directly from PlayStation. This more expensive (prices not yet announced) includes a SteelBook case, four enamel pins, a Washington Liberation Front patch, and 47 Society of Champions trading cards (including eight holographic cards).

With how Sony priced The Last of Us Part 1 standard edition on PlayStation 5 as a full priced $69.99 (USD) title, it would not be unreasonable to assume the same will hold true for The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered.

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