The Last of Us 2012 release gossip, spoilers & online play

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When Naughty Dog unveiled The Last of Us to the world in mid-December there were lots of question marks surrounding this new IP as the teaser trailer didn’t give too much away, a few days later we began speculating about the plot etc, but that was all guesswork and now we finally have some official information to share with you at last!

There’s lots to get through, but before we carry on we must point out that if you carry on reading this you might read some spoilers. Before we get started with anything which may ruin the game for you let us just tell you that it has been confirmed that there will be some form of online game mode, nothing’s been detailed, but Naughty Dog’s game director Bruce Straley had this to say:

“We’re going to have some sort of online component, we’re working on a bunch of ideas, but we haven’t nailed anything down. We definitely know it’s going to be awesome.”

Over at NeoGAF they also suggest that the game will be released in late 2012 and the game’s main campaign is single-player, we hope that some sort of co-op online mode comes to the game, how about you?

If you’ve watched the trailer you will have seen the game’s two main characters, we now know that the young girl, Ellie, is 14 years old and lives in a military quarantine zone where she’s safe from the infection which is spreading across the world, she is said to be fascinated by what she regards as relics (books and CDs). The man we get to see in the video is Joel, he’s in his late 40′s and smuggles items into and out of the quarantine zone, he was asked by a dying friend to escort Ellie to a safe place, he does, but is caught and the game sees them both flee across the entire country.

You can see full details regarding all of the following spoilers here, in our article we will highlight some of the most interesting information.

It is thought that this game will have a mature rating, apparently swearing during combat won’t be a rare occurrence (especially from Ellie) and there will be quite a lot of blood and gore, also there’s plenty of hints suggesting that there will be follow-ups to this game, perhaps just like there were for Uncharted.

Here’s some other things we can confirm: the fungus can transfer by the air if the concentration is high enough, weapon selection effects the behavior of the enemy and if they see a friend die they may get frightened, melee-based combat will occur frequently as there aren’t many bullets, you can hit the enemy with bricks and planks and stun them, however if all else fails you can kill an enemy with one bullet. If you think you are about to die there will be health packs, but they take a while to use so use them wisely! Finally it is worth knowing that you won’t always be facing the infected, due to the lack of resources you will battle it out with scavengers – interestingly some humans you come across may help you.

As you can see we are finally beginning to build a picture of what to expect from The Last of Us, the lack of ammo, the intriguing enemy AI and the time it takes use a health pack should ensure that the campaign will be a tense affair, not to mention the fact that Gustavo Santaolalla is composing the game’s music (he has 2 Oscars, see his IMDB profile here). We think that Ellie’s AI is very important, apparently she will help during combat and become more useful as the game progresses – in our opinion if she became too much of a burden it could perhaps ruin the game’s fun-factor, so Naughty Dog’s developers will have to find the perfect balance.

Do you have any concerns about this game? Or will you buy it on its launch date due to Naughty Dog’s past? Let us know in the comments section below…

Also See: The Last of Us patch notes 1.09, or 1.03 for Remastered