The Last of Us

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The Last of Us HBO series pilot to be directed by Beanpole’s Kantemir Balagov

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 16 January 2021 16:55 GMT A new director has been pegged for HBO’s The Last of Us series.Russian filmmaker Kantemir Balagov will direct the pilot for HBO’s adaptation of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Back in March 2020, it was announced the Naughty Dog developed title was getting its own HBO series and was being helmed by Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin and executive produced and written by Neil Druckmann. It was initially thought Chernobyl director Johan Renck would direct, but due to a scheduling conflict, Renck has bowed out.Balagov made his debut as…

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The Last of Us director Neil Druckmann is now Naughty Dog’s co-president

By Patrick Dane, Saturday, 5 December 2020 09:01 GMT One of the biggest creative names in games now runs one of the biggest developers.Neil Druckmann, who has acted as the director on games like both The Last of Us and Uncharted 4, has seen a big promotion becoming the co-president of Naughty Dog.Druckmann, who has acted as one of the primary creative leads at the studio for years finds himself alongside Evan Wells in running the company.The announcement came from Wells in a blog post that outlined movements within the studio. Druckmann has been with the studio since 2004 and…

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An Uncharted easter egg was hidden in a The Last of Us multiplayer map

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 4 December 2020 16:06 GMT This isn’t the first time Naughty Dog has thrown a reference in its game.Since its 2013 release, there’s been an Uncharted easter egg in one of The Last of Us’ multiplayer maps.Former Naughty Dog game designer Rodney Reece took to Twitter to highlight that the remains of a plane in The Last of Us’ Beach map in the game’s Faction mode is in fact Victor “Sully” Sullivan’s plane, Hog Wild, from the first Uncharted title.“Not saying that’s canon,” Reece wrote. “But I took it from [Uncharted], broke it into pieces and…

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The Last of Us series greenlit by HBO

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 20 November 2020 20:32 GMT The Last of Us has received the green light from HBO.According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Last of Us will now go into production.Back in March, it was announced the Naughty Dog developed title was getting its own HBO series. It is being helmed by Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin and executive produced and written by Neil Druckmann.Druckmann and Mazin will executive produce alongside Carolyn Strauss (Chernobyl, Game of Thrones), Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells, and PlayStation Productions’ Qizilbash and Carter Swan.Set 20 years after the destruction of modern civilization, the series will focus on…

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The Last of Us: Part 2 on PS5 supports haptic feedback

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 10 November 2020 20:48 GMT PS5’s DualSense controller features improved haptic feedback including adaptive triggers that simulate tension. This is supported in The Last of Us: Part 2.Tested by GamesRadar, The Last of Us: Part 2 on PS5 supports haptic feedback, and players will notice it significantly.According to the test, when playing the backwards compatible title, you can feel the tension in the DualSense adaptive triggers when drawing back on the bow. Shots fired can also be felt in the controller.The controller will also rumble when you start up the engine of the motorboat, you will…

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Who needs a PS5? The Last of Us on PS4 gets ridiculous load time patch

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 25 October 2020 11:09 GMT Naughty Dog has pushed out an update for The Last of Us Remastered that greatly improves the loading times in the game on PlayStation 4.The Last of Us Remastered developer Naughty Dog has rolled out another impressive patch for the iconic survival game – and its standalone expansion, The Last of Us: Left Behind – which has made some pretty impressive improvements to the title’s loading times.And who would notice the improvements more than a dedicated TLOU speedrunner? Anthony Calabrese, a big part of the speedrunning community for the PlayStation 4 game,…

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Troy Baker wants to be blown up in The Last of Us TV show

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 23 October 2020 11:45 GMT Voice actor Troy Baker has said that he would love to make an appearance in the upcoming The Last of Us TV series.In a video on YouTube discussing the recent pictures of Nolan North visiting the set of the Uncharted movie, Baker – who played one of the franchise’s protagonists Joel Miller – said that it was unlikely he’d be cast in this role in the television show, but he’d love to appear as an Infected and be blown up by whoever ends up playing him.“The reason why I’m looking at…

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The Last of Us Part 3 trailer – what it could look like if it mirrors The Godfather

What would the first teaser for The Last of Us Part 3 look like if it borrowed from Coppola? The idea for this came from finishing the game, and wondering how long it would be between now and a potential third installment being released. We know that game director Niel Druckmann is a huge fan of The Godfather Part 2, and if the same sort of development cycle is applied between Part 2 and Part 3, it will be roughly 14 years between the release of the first and last games. He and his team would be in a similar…

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The Last of Us HBO series has a “jaw drop” moment cut from the original game

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 12 August 2020 11:23 GMT One detail left out of the original The Last of Us made more sense to include in the HBO adaptation.Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin, who’s creating The Last of Us HBO series, previously said that it will only fill out the details and expand the world, not take away from what’s already there.In a new interview with BBC’s Must Watch (via Eurogamer), Mazin talked a little bit about what that commitment means in practice.“Our goal is not to keep you in love with The Last of Us, but to make you fall in…