The internet is up in arms after the existence of The Last of Us Part II Remastered was spotted online. Over the weekend, a LinkedIn profile listed the development of the game at Naughty Dog while a Lead Outsource Artist profile detailed their role at the studio.
The listing claimed that this artist was overseeing the production “of all outsourced environment art assets, weapons and interactive props for The Last of Us Part II: Remastered“. It didn’t take long before social media caught onto the leak. The project is all but confirmed at this point.
To make matters worse, the profile listing the leak has since been removed from LinkedIn which might be Naughty Dog doing damage control.
The listing claimed that an artist named Mark Pajarillo joined Naughty Dog back in 2021. He has since been part of the team responsible for the development of The Last of Us Part II: Remastered. Of course, the listing doesn’t detail anything else such as the development progression. However, we know that Naughty Dog is currently working on a number of titles.
The studio confirmed last year that while it was busy with multiple new games, it had yet to decide which of these projects would be the next release. We have also heard recently that Naughty Dog has cancelled its The Last of Us multiplayer game. At the moment, it seems that whatever the studio is working on is a new IP alongside a remaster of The Last of Us Part 2.
But the question remains – “do we need a remaster of this game”. That is exactly what social media is asking at this point. Gamers don’t seem to think Naughty Dog knows what it is doing. Many believe that the studio released The Last of Us Part I Remake to make quick money and is now remastering Part II simply to sell it at a premium price tag.
There is hope that Sony will launch The Last of Us Part II Remastered as a PlayStation Plus incentive. Leaks suggest that Sony is planning to add the game to the lineup. This comes after the artwork for the game was spotted across multiple marketing ads.