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The Last of Us: Remastered is almost too big for Blu-ray

The Last of Us: Remastered on PlayStation 4.

Fans of Sony's bleakly brilliant post-apocalyptic PlayStation 3 adventure The Last of Us are quite rightly excited to see what the game will look like when it comes to PlayStation 4 later this year in its Remastered edition.

For developer Naughty Dog, the challenge is simple: how to fit the improved visuals on a single disc? Even with the expanded storage of Blu-ray, the game's sumptuous and realistic world is threatening to burst at the seams. "Our cinematics are now running at 1080p and 60fps, and that involved rendering them all from scratch, Neil Druckmann, the game's director, told Edge. “It's interesting that now [instead of a technical bottleneck], the bottleneck is 'Can we fit all this on the disc?'"

It's not just the cinematics either. Whereas the PS3 version used lower quality character models for the gameplay than it did in the cinematic scenes, the PS4 has no such restriction and will use the same highly detailed graphics throughout, along with an improved lighting engine for maximum mood.

The Last of Us: Remastered won't change the award-winning gameplay, but it does come with all the DLC released for the PS3 version, such as the Left Behind single player expansion and the multiplayer map packs including the just-released Reclaimed Territories.

Published: 09/05/2014

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