The last of us part 1 wasn’t the most popular game when it was announced earlier this summer, largely because people wondered how necessary it was and whether or not it was both a “money grab” and a grab for the upcoming HBO series based on the game starring Pedro Pascal. It is important to note this last part. However, Naughty Dog and others stepped in to defend the game for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was that the team put in a ton of work trying to make sure it was a remake also complete in terms of visuals, sound, and more. A new video from the team helps cement that fact and provides a bit more detail.
The team almost immediately admits that this remake was designed to intrigue the senses more than the original version. Some team members noted that when they created the original version, they “hit a limit”. They did everything they could with the PS3, and while it was stunning at the time, it wasn’t the “true vision” of gaming. So now, with two versions in terms of consoles and with the true power of the PS5 at their fingertips, they were able to do more, bring out more intricate details, and shine a light on how great the game still was. considered to be.
One of the best examples of this for them was easily in environments and facial animations. For environments, on the PS3 they did what they could, but they always had a limit on what they included. Also, with shading, they’re able to make it look more realistic at times, especially during cutscenes where lighting can be so important in helping the emotion of the scene itself.
As for the facial animations, the entire character model has been reworked for each character so that the facial animations are better fleshed out and more realistic. You will see many nuances in how the characters act, how they look at each other, how they react to certain things, etc.
If nothing else, you can definitely hear the team’s passion for the title and why this remake was important to them. They really feel that this game was meant to be something special on the PS3 and it was, but it wasn’t the “final release”. Now they are able to show it and they want people to appreciate the hard work and effort they put into making this game shine.
The last of us part 1 is available now on the PS5.