Neil Druckmann has disclosed a few details regarding the development process of the upcoming software product, "The Last of Us Remastered." According to a report from Canoe on May 10, the creative director revealed that the upgraded cut scenes are now complete. Naughty Dog had to rebuild these non-interactive sequences from scratch in order to increased the native resolution to 1080p and frame rate to 60 per second. In comparison, the "The Last of Us" on the PS3 was pegged at 720p while running 30 frames per second.
Neil Druckmann also revealed that the only limitation with working on the PS4 is the disc size. The creative director is concerned that the upgraded cut scenes may be too big to fit on one Blu-Ray. He went on to reveal that the "high assets" from the original version weren't created with the next-generation port in mind. However, the pre-made elements made the decision easier as to whether or not to develop "The Last of Us Remastered." You can find the comments from the creative director from the Edge interview below:
Our cinematics are now running at 1080p and 60fps, and that involved rendering them all from scratch. It's interesting that now the bottleneck is 'Can we fit all this on the disc?' We didn't build it [the PS3 original]with high assets in mind to then port it, but it did give us a leg up. If we hadn't done that, we might not have made the call to bring it over to PS4.
Naughty Dog is also planning to upgrade the real-time gameplay graphics along with the aforementioned cut scenes. For example, the older character models will be replaced with better looking ones. "The Last of Us Remastered" also includes the three major DLC packs that came out after the launch of the PS3 game, which should further increased the file size for the software product.
Neil Druckmann and the rest of his team at Naughty Dog should be able to fix the roadblock in time for the planned summer release of "The Last of Us Remastered" in North America. The software product will launch with a price tag of $59.99 although the development is planning an upgrade option for existing owners of the original version. You can find a screen of "The Last of Us" on the PS3 from the Playstation Facebook website with the photo attached near the top of this article. Amazon has a pre-order page for the PS4 version in the next link: "The Last of Us Remastered."