Sparse The Last of Us story details emerge

Details of Naughty Dog's recently revealed post-apocalyptic horror show, The Last of Us, are still pretty slim, but we have learned a couple of things since the above trailer first debuted at Spike TV's own horror show, the annual Video Game Awards.

Joel, a rough-and-tumble survivalist, and Ellie, a teenager "wise beyond her years," must defend themselves against scavenging bands of humans (as well as the fungus among us) in what Sony describes as "a character driven story" that "blends survival and action elements," as our intrepid duo travels across America.

This could be good or bad, depending on how these two characters are implemented. We don't want to sound pessimistic, but we're concerned about the potential Resident Evil Zero-ness on our hands.
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Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces The Last of Us™, a New PlayStation®3 Exclusive Developed by Naughty Dog

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC announced today The Last of Us™, a new franchise created exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Developed by Naughty Dog, the creators of the highly acclaimed and best-selling UNCHARTED™ series, The Last of Us was unveiled in a world premiere trailer at the Spike TV 2011 Video Game Award Show.

The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Abandoned cities are being reclaimed by nature and the remaining survivors are killing each other for food, weapons and whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States.

"We are excited to finally unveil The Last of Us, a project the team has been working hard on for some time," said Evan Wells, Co-President of Naughty Dog. "Naughty Dog's mission is to change the way people experience videogames. We are confident The Last of Us will take a leap forward in cinematic gaming and storytelling, providing gamers with an experience unlike anything else in the industry."

The Last of Us is developed by some of the industry's most talented game designers including Bruce Straley, game director, and Neil Druckmann, creative director. Naughty Dog advanced to the forefront of the videogame industry in 1996 with the successful introduction of Crash Bandicoot on the original PlayStation system. The developer extended the franchise with Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped and Crash Team Racing, selling 22 million copies worldwide and led to Naughty Dog being the most successful video game developer in the United States for that console generation. The team then created the Jak and Daxter franchise including Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy®, Jak II™, Jak 3™ and Jak X: Combat Racing™. All four titles are "Greatest Hits" for the PlayStation®2 system. In 2007 the team released UNCHARTED: Drake's Fortune® and followed with UNCHARTED2: Among Thieves™ and the recent November launch of UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception™. Having currently sold over 13 million units worldwide, the UNCHARTED franchise represents some of the most impressive graphics, sound and processing capabilities found on the PS3™ system.

Further information about the game as well as screenshots and videos can be found at and The Last of Us is (RP) rating pending. For more information about the ESRB visit

About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® systems, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP, PSP®go and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC serves as headquarters for all North American operations. Visit us on the Web at

This article was originally published on Joystiq.