The Spike VGAs just wrapped up and Sony’s secret game has finally been unveiled at the show. As it turns out the game is being developed by Naughty Dog, which is quite shocking considering that the studio has been working on Uncharted 3 these past two years.
The trailer reveals a breathtaking city that has been ravaged over time due to an outbreak of a modern plague. As humanity is on the brink of being decimated, survivors are now killing each other for food and weapons to survive against the infection.
Two characters are introduced in the trailer, Ellie and Joel as they are fighting off another scavenger to be then greeted by a group of man-eating infected creatures.
The graphics is mind-blowing and clearly surpasses anything seen to date on the consoles and quite possibly goes toe-to-toe with the best on the PC. The textures and details on the ruined city with shrubs and foliage is amazing.
There is still not much detail around the gameplay and world of The Last of Us. One can only speculate that this may be a third person survival game, and quite possibly taking place in an open world setting.
Creative Director, Neil Druckmann indicated that he has been working on this project for the past two years. However, the idea or design for the game may have existed since 2006 as indicated by the YouTube’s channel page for theLastofUs.
According to Evan Wells, Co-president of Naughty Dog, The Last of Us is set to release in 2012. On the PlayStation blog, he details some information about the game.
The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character driven tale about a modern plague decimating mankind. Nature encroaches upon civilization, forcing remaining survivors to kill for food, weapons and whatever they can find. 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.
Wells also indicated that he will be talking more about the game and how Naughty Dog has been working as a two team studio under the radar all this time.