“The Last of Us” released in June of this year to nearly unanimous perfect review scores with some reviewers going so far as to crown it the “Game of the Generation” (a sentiment I share as well). The game spent weeks at the top of the charts, selling close to three and a half million copies in its first three weeks of retail availability. Naughty Dog had announced a DLC season pass (allowing you to purchase all DLC content at a discounted rate) prior to the game's release, but in the three months following, had remained mum in regards to what the downloadable content would actually be. Those of you who have finished the game’s excellent single player campaign and have been keeping yourself busy waiting for the DLC announcement with the game’s multiplayer can exhale as the wait is over. Naughty Dog detailed their plans for the three pieces of planned DLC for the game earlier today and it should please fans of both the single and multiplayer experience.
The first piece of DLC, “Abandoned Territories,” is a multiplayer-focused map pack including four new maps: Suburbs, Bus Depot, Hometown, and Bookstore. This is good news considering that while the game’s multiplayer was well done, unique, and strongly urged team-play, it was fairly barren when the game shipped, offering only a handful of maps and two different modes. Naughty Dog had previously added a new “interrogation” mode last month, requiring players to interrogate a number of enemy members before the location of their lockbox is revealed and more maps should help extend the MP legs of this title. The stages are influenced by locations visited in the single player campaign and will include features such as dynamically changing weather (such as a random dust storm in the middle of a match) or an emphasis on verticality in the case of “Bookstore” and should be available for release on October 15, 2013.
Naughty Dog goes on to further detail that the second piece of DLC will be a single-player, story based affair and is currently planned for a December-January release. The third piece of content will also be released in the first part of next year, but other than mentioning that it would be multiplayer-focused as well, Naughty Dog provided no additional details at this time. The season pass for “The Last of Us” is currently available for $19.99 (saving you $10 over buying them each individually), and current season pass holders can download an additional 60 customization options for their multiplayer character now while waiting for their first piece of content to drop. So now that the season pass details have been announced, are you excited or disappointed regarding the announcements? Do you plan on purchasing the season pass, buying the DLC piecemeal, or skipping it altogether? Leave your comments below and hopefully I’ll see you on the new battlefields come October 15.