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See the new maps in The Last of Us' latest DLC release

This morning Sony released a trailer detailing what's available in the next batch of downloadable content for The Last of Us — Reclaimed Territories — with a look the new multiplayer maps it will deliver. Reclaimed Territories, at $9.99 deploys along with a new single-player difficulty level called Grounded Mode ($4.99), the Survivalist Weapon Bundle ($5.99) and two Survival Skills bundles ($3.99). All of it is free to those who subscribed to the game's season pass. Sony will stop selling the season pass after the week of May 13. The new DLC will be available this week. A patch tomorrow will prepare the game for the new content.

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The Last of Us: Left Behind documentary released

Fans of Left Behind, Naughty Dog's latest DLC story for The Last of Us, can see some of the work that went into the story, via a new mini-documentary. Behind the Scenes with The Last of Us: Left Behind talks to the designers, writers and actors behind the story, which explored the relationship between Ellie and her friend Riley. It looks at how Riley, who originally appeared in a comic spin-off, reconnects with Ellie. Through their relationship, elements of Ellie's story, not shown in the core game, emerge. Earlier this week, Naughty Dog released the full documentary The Making of The Last of Us onto YouTube.

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The Last of Us DLC will bring new difficulty and multiplayer maps

The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog will expand the game's single-player campaign and multiplayer component with upcoming downloadable content, according to a post on the developer's official website. Naughty Dog's "final drop in the Season Pass" does not have a release date, but community specialist Eric Monacelli teased its contents. "It is chock full of multiplayer goodness with new maps, new weapons, new skills and also a brand new difficulty mode for the single-player campaign," Monacelli wrote. "We'll have more information on it as in-game elements near completion." The $19.99 Season Pass that Monacelli referenced includes access to three DLC packs for the PlayStation 3-exclusive game. The first, the Abandoned Territories Map Pack, includes four multiplayer maps and was r...

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The Making of The Last of Us documentary now on YouTube

Grounded: The Making of The Last of Us, a documentary from Area 5 and Naughty Dog on the critically acclaimed action-adventure survival game, is now available to watch for free on YouTube. Originally available only to season pass holders, Grounded was released on Amazon Instant Video last week. The documentary, which you can watch above, features exclusive interviews with the game's creators and the voice actors who brought the characters to life. Grounded is intended to be watched as a "thoughtful afterword" to The Last of Us, and viewers are advised to complete the game first. Naughty Dog released the game's first and last story-driven downloadable content, Left Behind, Feb. 14. For more on how the DLC introduced a new character and perspective on Ellie, check out our interview...

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Watch the first three minutes of The Last of Us: Left Behind

Naughty Dog shared the opening minutes of Left Behind today, the upcoming add-on content for The Last of Us that will give players a look at Ellie's life prior to the main game's events and her relationship with another character formative to her development. Left Behind follows Ellie and her best friend, an older girl named Riley introduced in The Last of Us: American Dreams comic series. The DLC will explore their friendship and add "intriguing new wrinkles" to how players currently understand the relationship between Ellie and Joel, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. The studio also shared a second video (below) featuring interviews with Ashley Johnson and Yaani King, the voice actresses for Ellie and Riley. Johnson notes that Riley is Ellie's first major friendship, and...

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Part Two of The Last of Us fan film debuts

Iron Horse Cinema Production released the second installment of its live-action recreation of The Last of Us. In Part Two, Joel and Ellie run into trouble in "Bill's Town," the fourth chapter of the game. You can watch the 28-minute video above; for those that haven't played the game, beware of spoilers. Part One of the series was released in July. Iron Horse Cinema is currently raising funds via Indiegogo to finish Part 3. The Last of Us launched for PlayStation 3 in June. For more on the game, check out our review.

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Here's what you need to know for Friday, Nov. 8

PS4 to launch with 11 entertainment apps PlayStation 4 will launch with 11 entertainment apps, available in the TV and Video section of the home screen. Check out the near-dozen that made the cut. Ex-Microsoft creative director Adam Orth on dealing with internet hate and toxicity Adam Orth was the creative director at Microsoft Studios when he caused an "internet firestorm" by tweeting that he "didn't get the drama around having an 'always on' console." Four days later, Orth resigned from Microsoft. In his GDC Next talk yesterday, he spoke about how he dealt with the hate lobbed his way, discusses what he would have done differently and wraps up with the story of why the experience "turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to" him. Why do we need new consoles? Polygon...

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The Last of Us patched to v1.05 alongside first map pack release

Naughty Dog is patching The Last of Us to version 1.05 today, primarily to fix multiplayer-related issues, as it launches the game's first major add-on, the Abandoned Territories Map Pack, the studio announced today. The DLC, which Naughty Dog announced last month, includes four multiplayer maps. It will cost $9.99 by itself on the PlayStation Store, and it is a part of the $19.99 Last of Us season pass, so people who have purchased it will be able to download the map pack at no additional cost. You can watch a trailer for the DLC above, and check out a livestream of gameplay on the maps on the PlayStation Twitch channel starting at 7 p.m. ET tonight. Patch 1.05 addresses numerous gameplay problems in the multiplayer component of The Last of Us, along with some fixes specifically for...

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Watch Naughty Dog creative director's The Last of Us postmortem

Naughty Dog creative director and writer Neil Druckmann took to the stage at IGDA Toronto recently to give a postmortem on The Last of Us, and the video of that talk is now available online. Press play above to watch Druckmann's spoiler-filled keynote, in which he begins by discussing how Naughty Dog's The Last of Us team began with the goal of rebooting Jak and Daxter and even shows some concept art from that period. Druckmann moves on to discuss the iterations of The Last of Us' story and talks about its evolution. A Q&A follows the scripted content about 42 minutes into the nearly hour and 20 minute keynote, covering everything from Ellie's reactions to Joel's violence to how the developer pulled off the game's ending in the face of opposition. For more on the evolution of The...

The Last of Us Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2013-06-14
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Naughty Dog
    • Score 7.5
  • PlayStation 4
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer Naughty Dog
    • Score 8.0
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