The triple-A video games titles developer, Naughty Dog has been recently hard at work preparing for and launching their annual community celebration and newly renamed The Last of Us Day. Since 2013, the date of 26 September has always marked a point for Naughty Dog and has been an opportunity platform to recognize and celebrate such incredible passions from The Last of Us community of fans and avid video gamers of The Last of Us new game, released on 19 June 2020.
I, myself am the owner of Naughty Dog’s first outing and release, The Last of Us Remastered (2014) for the PlayStation 4 (PS4). This special date has given this developer and team a chance to release new and exclusive items, content, digital DLC, special promotions, freebies and merchandise to the masses and clickers among us.
The Last of Us Day
New for the 2020 community event besides the announcement below of The Last of Us new game, available from Mondo is some posters of Ellie and Abby from The Last of Us Part II that includes some refreshingly new artwork from Tula Lotay.
These posters are intended to serve as companion pieces and represent two sides of a vengeful coin, addressing the duality of these two female characters in their unique, individual roles.
As of 28 September 2020 and as a current pre-order, Mondo also has an original game soundtrack to The Last of Us Part II on two, 180 gram coloured vinyl. This music soundtrack is composed by Gustavo Santaolalla and Mac Quayle, the artwork by Tula Lotay. For more details and track listings, click here.
Also in the revealed goodies list are detailed models of The Last of Us – Joel and Ellie from Mamegyorai Collectibles, a stealthy Ellie from The Last of Us Part II, another fine piece of sculpting from Gaming Heads and The Last of Us Day desktop and mobile wallpapers.
Theses are inspired from the art of the Metal Gear Solid video game series (1987-2018) and brought to us from Yoji Shinkawa at Kojima Productions who first solo production away from Konami was Death Stranding (2019) video game as featured in my personal PS4 wishlist.
Save up to 40% from the PlayStation Gear store. You can delve into more The Last of Us Day related quality merchandise and browse through mugs, T-shirts, figures, bags, flasks, journals and the like. For a limited time there’s also an additional 50% savings available on The Last of Us video games and faction bundles available here.
Naughty Dog has released another PlayStation 4 (PS4) dashboard theme from The Last of Us Part II video game and this is for FREE from the PlayStation Store as are many various avatars from the video game franchise which may be there freely for a limited time also.
There are also some community reaction gifts, like animated GIF files and a cosplay guide for Abby, a downloadable PDF file featuring high-resolution renders of all facets of Abby’s character design and which can be accessed from The Last of Us Day 2020 feature page.
The Last of Us Board Game
The biggest and most exciting news for me to come from this developer event and celebration is the announcement that The Last of Us video game franchise and adventure is coming to the tabletop as a full board game.
This will be the first-ever board game set in the apocalyptic world of Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed hit video game title series and will undoubtedly feature all of the main characters we’ve come to know, play as and love.
The Naughty Dog development studio has revealed that the board game will be a collaboration between Sony Interactive Entertainment and CMON Games (CoolMiniOrNot) the publisher responsible for other titles like Bloodborne, God of War: The Card Game and Dojo Kun, of which is fully reviewed here. Naughty Dog studios are keeping their cards close to their chests on this project but have stated that development is going ahead.
The Last of Us series of games provides an eerie, thrilling and action-oriented story and adventure. Unfolding drama and emotion present themselves as the stories in the games opened up more and as long time fans of the series CMON want to capture those same feelings in the board game and set a high bar of gameplay for a huge fan base of the franchise.
They want to create and include the heart-stopping suspense of nearby clickers, intense firefights not knowing who is friend or foe, the desperate grab at resources, emotional heartbreak at failed plans, double-crossing characters and the relief of safe havens and rest places. The emptiness, loneliness and day by day survival will hopefully all be created in the board game version.
The Last of Us is a series that many of us at CMON have followed from its inception and we are eager to adapt the stirring character-driven player experience to tabletop, letting fans explore the world and story in an entirely new way.— Geoff Skinner, Vice President of Entertainment and Head of Licensing at CMON
The Last of It
As time continues the lines between movies, video games and board games have started to merge into bigger business for publishers. Movies and video games are getting individual trailers now and are being converted to either card, dice or board games too, some of which have their advertisement trailers done up in a 3D generated render or fully acted production.
The Last of Us is yet another exciting project I look forward to finding out more about. Conversions like Jaws from Ravensburger released in 2019, The Shining, a new release this year from Prospero Hall and The Witcher Adventure Game, released in 2014 from Fantasy Flight Games are just a few examples.
In my opinion, these releases are a good thing, giving fans of a certain franchise the ultimate choice how they wish to watch or play out the story.
As long as CMON can produce the tabletop version to the details and mood expected from the video games I’m sure it’ll be a hit among The Last of Us community. Thank you for reading this article, I hope you found it of some help or interest. Please feel free to drop a comment about this announcement, the written content or even your own experiences with this video game franchise.