With the release of The Last of Us: Remastered just two weeks away, Naughty Dog has revealed several details and screenshots of the remastered PS3 title. Trophies, save files, and loading times, are just a few of the topics adressed by Naughty Dog.
Starting with the trophy list, it has been confirmed that the list will be "identical to the PS3 original." The remastered version will have its own separate trophy set, which means the PS3 and PS4 list won't be one and the same, allowing players to obtain all the trophies twice.
The PS3 save file won't be compatible with the PS4 version, which is disappointing for those that were planning to transfer their progress to the next gen version. As for the game's loading times, the title will feature instant load times, but it has yet to be confirmed if it also applies to the inital loading screen.
The game will also include new features via Dualshock 4. These include the ability to use the touchpad to open Joel's backpack, and the speaker to play back audio recordings and make a click when the flashlight is turned on/off. In addition, Eurogamer has stated that the title will also feature a Photo Mode, similar to the one featured in Infamous: Second Son. There's also plans for more DLC in a near future, but details remain scarce.
Although the title will run at 1080p and 60fps, Naughty Dog decided to include an option to lock the frame rate at 30 fps. Although this could indicate that the game could ocasionaly drop below 60fps, Naughty Dog's co-president Evan Wells has stated on Twitter that the addition was made in order to fulfill "the request of the purists who wanted the experience as close to the original (PS3) as possible."
PlayStation Blog has also released new screenshots of the title, showing some of the game's many improvements, including more detailed character models, lightning and shadows. "Lighting quality has received a boost, with improved shadow detail. Joel and Ellie's in-game character models also look more detailed, sporting higher resolution textures that allowed me to see the fabric weave in Joel's filthy flannel shirt. The gameplay remains unchanged, though the higher framerate does lend a feeling of increased responsiveness," reads the post on PlayStation Blog.
The Last of Us: Remastered will be available for PS4 on the 29th of July in North America, arriving three days later, on the 1st of August, in Europe. The remaster will include the Left Behind single player DLC, as well as the Abandoned Territories and Reclaimed Territories map packs.