Naughty Dog and Sony have released a new 10-minute video featuring gameplay footage from The Last of Us Part 1. The video includes interviews with some of the game’s developers, shedding light on many of the remake’s improvements, including a range of accessibility features. Most notable is a detailed audio description feature built into the game, which narrates cut scenes, allowing more players to enjoy the experience.
“Each accessibility option we offer [es] a barrier removed for someone,” said game director Matthew Gallant, also noting that this is the first PlayStation game to feature natively built-in audio descriptions.
Beyond the plethora of accessibility features, The Last of Us Part 1 it will be closer to Naughty Dog’s vision of the original game. When the game first released in 2013, the developers had maxed out what the PlayStation 3 could do, forcing Naughty Dog to make some compromises when building on the original title. Now, thanks to the capabilities of PlayStation 5, the team can finally execute on their original ideas for the game.
The remake will include more breakables on screen, making the world feel more lived-in. The characters have also been vastly improved, with more detailed animations and models, mirroring the performances of the actors much more closely. The team is also borrowing ideas from The Last of Us Part II in terms of AI, making each battle feel more realistic in the remake.
Naughty Dog has also implemented a lot of new content, including an improved photo mode, a Permadeath mode, a Speedrun mode, and a host of additional outfits for the game’s characters.
The Last of Us Part 1 launches for PS5 on September 2 and will also come to PC at a later date.