The Last of Us is, without a doubt, one of Sony’s biggest gaming franchises. It was initially released in 2013 on the PlayStation 3 to rave reviews, remastered for the PlayStation 4 in 2014, and eventually received a sequel in 2020. There’s even a TV series in production for release on HBO.
It seems that Sony knows exactly how big this series is since a remake of The Last of Us is currently in development. This remake is set to be released on the PlayStation 5 and would feature the graphical and gameplay improvements seen in 2020’s The Last of Us II, Bloomberg reports.
The remake, and Sony’s focus on churning out big hits, is part of a bigger reorganisation within the company when it comes to its first-party development studios. This is causing a degree of turmoil amongst Sony’s other game studios.
The Last of Us remake was initially started by Sony’s Visual Arts Service Group, a team that mainly existed to provide support for development, arts and animation with games such as Uncharted and Marvel’s Spider-Man. However, the team also aspired to take the lead on their own games, figuring that the best place to start would be to remake a popular past Sony title since it’s cheaper than starting from scratch.
While Sony did approve the project, it refused to provide the Visual Arts Service Group with an expanded budget in order to remake The Last of Us. It was then moved to series creator Naughty Dog, where it’s still seemingly in development, but with the Visual Arts Service Group assisting instead.
Bloomberg also reports similar issues with Oregon-based Sony Bend Studio, the developer of Days Gone. The team reportedly pitched a sequel to the open world post-apocalyptic action game but was ultimately rejected and was instead asked to assist Naughty Dog with a multiplayer project and a new Uncharted game. Some staff and top leads were unhappy with this decision and subsequently left. The developers at Bend were so fearful that they might get absorbed into Naughty Dog, that they requested to be taken off the Uncharted project. They’re now working on their own new game, which will be part of a brand new franchise.