The Last of Us release date for the PS4 has been revealed by Sony in an interview with the Turkish gaming site, Multiplayer. While the rumors of a PS4 release for the Sony game is nothing new, Sony’s Eurasian software market manager confirmed the The Last of Us would be coming to the PlayStation 4 with a release date set in the summer of 2014.
Speaking to Turkish gaming website Multiplayer, Sony’s Eurasian Software Market Manager Sercan Sulan stated, “There is no information about a new The Last of Us game but I can share this knowledge; as of this summer, The Last of Us will be on the PS4. Both on PSN and physically. The PS4 version will also include the DLC so you will be able to play ‘Left Behind’ as well.” IGN provided the translation.
A release date for The Last of Us on the PS4 has been in the rumor mill for some time. The game came close enough to the launch of the PS4 that many thought a next-gen version was being developed alongside the PlayStation 3 version. Adding to the rumor mill Niel Druckmann, The Last of Us’ creative director spoke to Eurogamer about the possibility of a next-gen port stating, “We have such limited resources, and it’s a question of where you put the resources,” Druckmann stated. “It’s something where we can have a feel of where the demand is, and where our time is best spent. It’s something that we’ll figure out as we move forward.”
The PlayStation 4 has been without a big first party studio release on its 2014 calendar either digitally or through traditional retail. The PS4 has been moving a lot of units, more than the Xbox One, and with Titanfall out now Sony needs something to fire back to keep their momentum strong. With The Last of Us there are multiple reasons to be excited. While no specifics were mentioned, enhanced graphics and the Left Behind DLC will be included in the release for the PS4. It is also unclear weather Naughty Dog or another studio is handling the port.
With a release date for The Last of Us for the PS4 given a window of summer 2014, Sony has a strong first party lineup, with inFamous: Second Son and The Order: 1886 waiting in the wings. Even with the oft delayed DriveClub Sony has a strong first party forecast which they need in order to keep the good will and momentum. Adding The Last of Us to the mix, gives players who are moving from Xbox 360 to PlayStation 4 a chance to experience what 6 million PS3 owners were able to play through last year.