Video games have changed quite a bit since their pixelated beginnings a few decades ago. New technology and a better understanding of the medium have allowed developers to craft increasingly cinematic pieces of art that rival even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. One such game that broke ground with it's beautiful artwork and heartfelt storytelling was last year's The Last of Us, which was released exclusively for the PlayStation 3. Sony announced on their blog earlier today that this game will be celebrated later this month with a special live event.
One Night Live will take place on Monday, July 28th at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The show is set to begin at 7pm PT, and will feature the game's principal cast, including Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hana Hayes and Annie Wersching, as they do a live reading of select scenes under the direction of Neil Druckmann (the game's writer and creative director). Gustavo Santaolalla, the game's award winning composer, will be there to perform selections from his score. The creative team will also be participating in a live question and answer period.
Fans will be able to receive tickets to the live show for free, though seating is limited. Those who won't be able to make it to the show can watch the live stream on Twitch, YouTube and PlayStation Network's Live Event Viewer.
This unprecedented event is just another sign that video games are finally being recognized for their cinematic and artistic potential. If One Night Live proves to be successful, it could pave the way for other games to receive similar treatments in the future. The fact that tickets will be free for fans also shows that this isn't just another marketing ploy, but rather a genuine celebration of The Last of Us' emotional world and the evolution of digital entertainment. The game will also be re-released for the PlayStation 4 on July 29th, and will feature a higher resolution and a bump in framerate.