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Naughty Dog’s ‘The Last of Us’ Will Release in 2013

Naughty Dog definitely stole the show during Sony’s press conference Monday night with the absolutely stunning first gameplay demo of The Last of Us. Immediately, Playstation fans were licking their chops and hoping for a Holiday 2012 release date. That’s not going to happen.

Unfortunately, Sony has confirmed that the game won’t launch until 2013… probably early 2013 (I’d predict February or April, so not to be overshadowed by a PS4-focused E3 next year or step on God of War: Ascension’s toes when it launches on March 12th).

The game has already been in development for two years, so this will be the longest game in development for Naughty Dog this generation. Of course I have my theories as to why this game will release in 2013 (so it can be the last big PS3 exclusive title). Regardless, the game already looks super fantastic, so really how much better can Naughty Dog possibly make it or need to polish it?

I’m a little disappointed by the news though. Fall is absolutely stacked, but with the possible exception of Assassin’s Creed 3, there was no game I was more looking forward to this year. Now it automatically becomes my defacto most anticipated known title for next year, which is already shaping up to be an absolutely stacked year… and early 2013 at that, which again I think lends credence to the theory of new consoles late next year (other wise why is so many big titles that we’ve known about for a couple of years coming out in the first few months of 2013?).

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13 Comments on Naughty Dog’s ‘The Last of Us’ Will Release in 2013

  1. I really figured this was the crown jewel PS3 exclusive for this coming holiday shopping season. I admit I’m a little surprised that this isn’t going to be the case. Obviously I’m disappointed, too, but I certainly don’t want Naughty Dog to rush it out, either.

    If Sony and/or MS come out with a new console next year than so far they’ve broken their usual pattern of behavior which has been to use E3 to set up the tease and start the hype engine for the following year, typically late in the following year. I’ll believe it when I see it if they’ve both suddenly changed up on that pattern after all this time.


  2. Aww.. I was really excited for this game… :-/
    Time flies fast anyways. I hope I’ll get to play it soon! >:-D But they better make another Uncharted game to make up for the time of waiting. LOL xD


    • That’d be nice but the way ND rolls I think all resources get concentrated on one game at a time and that’s fine by me. They haven’t let us down yet.

      I really am kind of mystified that something like this wouldn’t make it in time for Christmas. I’ve run across a few RUMORS…and I can’t stress that enough…that suggest maybe a surprise is coming before the year is out and it MIGHT be this game.

      Let’s look at it just on the PS3: What’s their “big exclusive” that’s coming out in time for the holidays that ideally you want in place to maybe move some hardware off shelves? I’m coming up with mostly blanks. Anyone?


      • Yeah, I agree! :-D They haven’t let us down yet. And I don’t mind them concentrating on one project at a time. It’s better than rushing the game after all. Who knows how it’ll turn out if they work things out in haste? It might be like a fail. And more glitches. Haha! But… what I heard though, is that they have been divided into two groups. One to work for Uncharted and the other for The Last of Us. I don’t know if it’s real, but yeah… all I want is for the video games their working on to be worth the wait. :-D
        And I hope Salim appears in the next Uncharted. I’m just hoping. @-) Haha!


      • It’s absolutely real indefiniteobsessions. Naughty Dog has two teams now. The Last of Us has been in development for two years; the team split/new people were hired shortly after Uncharted 2 came out. One team is working on this, and you have to believe another team is currently working on Uncharted 4. Whatever Naughty Dog makes is an instant day one buy from me, I don’t think there’s better developers outthere (although the folks at Rockstar are a close second, as is Ubisoft Montreal). And I like Salim too, I defintiely wouldn’t mind seeing him make another appearance, but I wouldn’t count on it.

        Eric, I’m thinking Sony’s big exclusive for this holiday season is Playstation All Stars Battle Royale and LittleBigPlanet Karting. Super Smash Bros sells like hotcakes, so I bet Sony is counting on a similar experience for their title. And LBP is a big hit too, so I’m sure Sackboys first kart racing experience will be at least a moderate hit for Sony.


    • I was disappointed too. I was really looking forward to playing this and Assassin’s Creed 3 this year, and now it’s just going to be AC3. This game looks/sounds amazing, so those extra few months are going to be painful waiting on it to come out.

      I think Naughty Dog is actively developing the Uncharted 4, but I think it’ll be a launch title for PS4. No better way to sell a new system than with a killer exclusive from a franchise most gamers love. And there’s certainly no better studio to show off the capabilities of a Sony system than Naughty Dog.


  3. One thing I think a lot of people took away from this E3 beyond any doubt is: It isn’t the big deal it once was. I’d be looking out for the Tokyo Game Show and Gamers Developer Conferences forthcoming and I’m hoping maybe there’s a surprise or two coming out of those.


  4. “Eric, I’m thinking Sony’s big exclusive for this holiday season is Playstation All Stars Battle Royale and LittleBigPlanet Karting. Super Smash Bros sells like hotcakes, so I bet Sony is counting on a similar experience for their title. And LBP is a big hit too, so I’m sure Sackboys first kart racing experience will be at least a moderate hit for Sony.”

    These are nice games that’ll do well but…c’mon… That’s all? They need something like a Last Of Us in that mix to round it out. Big time. Neither of those say “flagship” “crown jewel” or most importantly “system seller” like a Last of Us does. Keep in mind: The entire conversation here is about PS3 exclusives only. Obviously there’s plenty of mutliplatform titles coming that are going to be great, too, but coasting on multiplatform titles and just those IMO isn’t good enough and especially when you’re running against a likely Wii-U launch.


    • I agree, but I don’t think Sony does. LBP sells just about as much as Uncharted, so I think Sony definitely views it as a big time exclusive. Considering how many copies Mario Kart Wii and Super Smash Bros. Brawl sold for Nintendo, I guarantee Sony is hoping that both sell like hotcakes for them. More people have a Wii, sure, but SSBB sold over 10 million copies… UC2&3 each about 3.8 million.


      • No doubt they’ll perform well but where the more “sophisticated” fare to round all that out real nice? C’mon man, there’s a Last of Us hole in that lineup any way you cut it and that’s taking nothing away from any of those other games.


  5. I agree with you Eric. I wish it was coming out this November.


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