The Uncharted series, first teased us with The Last of Us at the November 2011 Spike Video Game Awards. The game will be a single player, third person, horror survival game. The title is set in a post-apocalyptic Earth across several U.S. cities. Survivors Joel and 14-year-old Ellie must kill and scavenge in order to survive in a world that has been decimated by a killer strain of fungus. Standing in their way are the other survivors and monsters that were once human, but have sense succumbed to the infection, now transformed into horrific zombie-like creatures.
More zombies? Yeap. Some (I) would say the zombie genre is overdone and needs to finally die. We’ve been up to our asses in the undead for the past several years in everything from video games, to TV and even Christmas gifts. Naughty Dog is promising something different, though, and the survival aspect of the game might make an interesting departure from wasting wave after wave of undead. The graphics, so far, look top notch; time will tell, but the hype is already building.
There is a little bit of science behind the game, inspired in part by the BBC documentary Planet Earth, which talked about the Cordyceps fungus. A particularly nasty strain infects insects, notably ants, and replaces the host tissue with its own. End result: the host ends up growing something that looks like a baseball bat out of its head, goes crazy, climbs up to a high spot, and explodes, spreading spores all over the place. Nasty as hell, but don’t worry, the fungus is not harmful to humans.
While that is pretty much all of the background we know for now, it’s possible the game will tie in with the Uncharted series somehow. An Easter Egg (the game kind, not the big ass rabbit kind) was spotted in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception in the form of a newspaper with a headline related to The Last of Us story. Of course, actual tie-ins are not confirmed at this point, and it will likely have little bearing on the gameplay experience in either game, but it is neat, nonetheless.
Updated information will be available on Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us page. In the meantime, we’ve all of the available videos and compiled them for you here. I also dug up the BBC clip showing the fungus in action. Enjoy your lunch.
Via [Game Informer]