It has just surpassed 37 million units for the series, and concept art for its multiplayer game has been unveiled.
The Last of Us may have an enormous 2023.
Just before the premiere of the HBO series based on the original game, Naughty Dog published concept art for the future multiplayer game. And, as expected, the art looks great. And crazy. But largely remarkable.
Here is everything we know about The Last of Us' upcoming content:
The concept image for multiplayer features a cruise ship
Naughty Dog, which launched the original game in 2013, revealed the concept art for the new multiplayer game in a blog post commemorating the franchise's tenth anniversary on Tuesday (more on that in a bit).
The artwork depicts a cruise liner that has ran aground in a city and appears to have been there for some time, surrounded by damaged buses and structures. Two figures are depicted approaching the vessel.
Neil Druckmann, co-president of Naughty Dog, stated that the game "is shaping up to be a fresh, new experience from our studio, while being rooted in Naughty Dog's commitment to providing fantastic stories, characters, and gameplay."
It is the second piece of concept art that Naughty Dog has shared for the multiplayer game.
In June of last year, the first piece of concept art was unveiled, depicting two armed players on a rooftop viewing a destroyed cityscape with a suspension bridge in the distance.
The original game had a Factions option that divided players into two opposing factions: Hunters and Fireflies. (Many refer to the new game as Factions after the 2013 multiplayer game of the same name, but Naughty Dog has not yet referred to it by that name.) The objective was to stay alive a group of survivors.
In 2023, the series will celebrate its 10th anniversary
It's hard to believe, but The Last of Us had its PlayStation 3 debut in June 2013. It was an instant hit with both critics and fans, praised for its narrative, gameplay, and notably its horrifying images of a destroyed Earth populated by zombie-like mutants.
The series centers on the story of Joel, a man who lost his daughter decades ago to a fatal fungus that has destroyed the United States, and Ellie, a teenager who is immune to the infection. As Joel tries to get Ellie to the Fireflies, a group working on a cure, they experience a number of terrible occurrences.
The Last of Us has sold in excess of 37 million games.
Druckmann disclosed in the blog post that The Last of Us series has sold more than 37 million copies as of December 2022.
The series also includes The Last of Us Remastered for PlayStation 4 in 2014 and the Left Behind expansion pack from the same year, as well as the 2020 release of Part II.
Part I of The Last of Us was released for PlayStation 5 in 2022. It will be available for Windows PC in March.
"Knowing that so many of you have experienced and loved Joel, Ellie, and our complete cast of characters propels the entire studio forward," Druckmann wrote.
HBO's series premieres on January 15
All of this is occurring as the HBO live-action adaptation of the game is about to premiere.
The Last of Us, starring Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Gabriel Luna, and Anna Torv, will premiere on January 15.