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The Last of Us for PS4 went into production after the PS3 version finished

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Development on The Last Us Remastered, the PlayStation 4 upgrade of last summer's PlayStation 3 post-apocalyptic adventure, began almost immediately after the original was finished, according to developer Naughty Dog's co-president Evan Wells.

Speaking with IGN, Wells said developers anticipated feedback from players asking for a PS4 version, so production began on the upgraded edition soon after The Last of Us on PS3 went gold.

"We had a lot of people on the forums saying, ‘Can I play this on PlayStation 4?'" he said. "We had actually been anticipating that, and started working on it pretty much as soon as we finished the PlayStation 3 [version].

"We weren't sure if it was going to go anywhere, but when we saw the fans clamoring for it we doubled-down, and put more effort behind it," he added.

Wells also said that the graphical fidelity for The Last of Us Remastered has been "turned up to 11." The game will run at 1080p and include higher-resolution character models and improved lighting and shadows.

Earlier this week, Amazon posted a pre-order listing for The Last of Us Remastered and shortly after the PlayStation Network also leaked a posting. Sony officially announced the game yesterday, which is slated to launch this summer.