While it didn't quite reach the levels of Uncharted 3's blockbuster success, The Last of Us from Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment has still managed to become a huge hit for the studios, and it has managed to become the fastest selling game for the PlayStation 3 in 2013, so far.
Even though many studios claimed that new IP at the end of a console life-cycle is detrimental to sales, as evidenced with the poorly designed and poorly received Remember Me, other developers and publishing studios are out to prove that a good game will sell regardless... The Last of Us fits into the latter category.
Running on modified Uncharted tech, The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic tale of a man named Joel and a young girl named Ellie who have to make a cross-country trip to meet a group of scientists. The game has become widely acclaimed for taking plenty of risks, engaging gamers with very mature themes and not shrinking away from brash and daring storytelling elements.
The hard work at Naughty Dog has certainly paid off, as The Slanted writes about the recent press release sent out from Sony indicating that the sales for The Last of Us actually reflects much of the critical acclaim that the game has received. Heck, even This Is The End star Seth Rogen eventually had to shut his pie hole and eat his own words on a few scenes during the beginning parts of the game, as showcased in the video above.
Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios commented about the game's success, saying...
These sales figures are a testament to the blockbuster quality of The Last of Us,” ...“The teams at Naughty Dog are true visionaries and their storytelling capabilities are second to none, this title is an undisputed demonstration of that. SCE continues to be committed to delivering unique gameplay experiences that redefine the interactive entertainment industry and The Last of Us is a perfect example.”
With the game's ending leaving room open for a possible sequel, it's highly unlikely that we'll see any other game featuring Joel and Ellie as the main protagonists. As noted on Softpedia, creative director Neil Druckmann, not to be confused with Ned Drunkman, commented on the game's ending and the possibility of a sequel, saying..
"We were very conscious that we didn’t want to leave this story dangling. If we never do a sequel we’re ok with it, because we told the story we needed to tell,"
Given the good sales – which ironically are about the same as Tomb Raider's, yet one is considered a success and the other... not so much – Sony has gone on and registered domains for The Last of Us 2 and Last of Us 3.
It wouldn't be surprising to see something later on down the road for the PlayStation 4, especially with The Last of Us being such a huge success for the company.