In the same week that developer Naughty Dog laid off at least 25 staff members, new rumors have started to circulate regarding a potential remaster of The Last of Us Part II.
Gossip around the existence of such a game began to circulate after the release of 2022’s The Last of Us Part I, a from-the-ground-up remake of the first game which sparked rumours that Naughty Dog would be looking to upgrade its sequel.
He stated that in this new edition, players would be able to interact with the banjo-playing character he played in Jackson, WY, saying:
In the new editions you can make me play certain themes. I can’t tell you anything else.
Now, a (since-edited) listing on a Naughty Dog developer’s LinkedIn page, discovered by ResetERA users, has made reference to the existence of The Last of Us 2: Remastered. The developer, a Lead Outsource Artist at Naughty Dog, wrote the following:
References to The Last of Us 2: Remastered are no longer there.
However, beyond these rumors – and they are rumors, entirely unconfirmed – Naughty Dog hasn’t spoken in any official capacity about the existence of a TLOU2 remaster. We’ve no idea of the title’s potential release window, release platforms or what exactly it would change about the game (beyond what Santolalla mentioned).
Still, with a considerably longer development window than 2014’s The Last of Us Remastered had, it’s possible TLOU2 Remastered would have a broader scope than that similarly-named title. Until Naughty Dog reveal the game, though, any further discussion is speculation.
Only time will tell if The Last of Us Part II Remastered exists and if it will prove a worthy upgrade to the PS4 version.