The Last of Us development series episode 2: Wasteland Beautiful

In our first video in The Last of Us development series we took a look at the Infected. We explored their unpredictable nature, what the Cordyceps fungus has done to these humans, and how we as developers worked some plausible science about infection into the game.

Area 5 returned to the studio to discover how we created the game world. The second video in the series looks at what went into the concept and design of the world and its environments in The Last of Us. Check it out:

The key word for the development of every aspect in The Last of Us is contrast. There’s a counterpoint to nearly every detail in the game and we strive to show as much beauty as the ugly, brutal realities of the world allow. We think you’ll find our wasteland beautiful once you get into the game world in just a couple months.

Our next video in the series will explore the crafting and scavenging gameplay mechanics. An in-depth documentary on the game disc will contain an expanded look at all the content in these videos. The Last of Us will be available on PlayStation 3 from 14th June 2013.

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vigilante_man 09 April, 2013 @ 08:55

You can feel the quality. Shaping up to be an amazing game.

The beauty of the Walking Dead TV series is the environment and personal struggles. It is very emotive and draws you in to ask yourself how you would cope.

Its not just the crazy action, its also the moments of reflection. Hope this game gets the right balance.


Only two months left. Can’t wait! :D

dark_angel69 09 April, 2013 @ 10:43

That video looks like it has spoilers so I wont watch anymore of it. Only watched the first 27 seconds and loving it so far. lol. 9 weeks to go!!!!

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Such craftsmanship! The art… the music… Just brilliant.

Stuff like this is why I stick around in Sony land despite SCEE being oblivious to anything outside the UK when it comes to most services.

CoolRichy008UK 09 April, 2013 @ 13:22

played the demo already :D not


I love gaming artwork, so beautiful.. These development series are really great, I always love being reminded how much attention to detail goes into these things. Just to show something in the background or whatever that most players won’t even notice..
This already looks close to ps4 material, I can’t even imagine what these teams will be able to achieve on the ps4..

Let’s play ‘spot the beard’.

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