The Last of Us – Arriving Spring 2013?

By Prarthito Maity | Dec 05, 2012 10:14 PM EST

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With all the gameplay and teaser trailers doing rounds of the web for the upcoming post-apocalyptic third-person survival action-adventure title ‘The Last of Us’ from Naughty Dog, the PlayStation-only game is one of the highly anticipated games. Now, per reports, the game could arrive as soon as spring 2013.

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While most gamers have been looking for more information regarding the game, there hasn’t been much to glean details from except an amazing gameplay video on YouTube. However, currently a reader over at IGN spotted the release date of the game on a Reservation Card and there it was stated that the game is scheduled for a spring 2013 release. Sony, however, was quick to cover up the situation stating that the information was false.

“We haven’t announced any release date,” the firm said to IGN. “We haven’t announced any release date.”

On the cardboard holding the card reads ‘The Last of Us’ is set for release in the spring of 2013. An asterisk next to it can be seen noting that the date "is subject to change." However, not many fans would be surprised by the news as it was speculated from day one that the game would arrive sometime in the first half of 2013, and so a spring release could happen.

Moreover, if the game does come around during the spring time next year, it will also be just in time to join the ‘GTA 5’ release.

“Sony’s been mum on when we can expect Naughty Dog’s next game, but this could be the conclusive evidence we’ve been looking for in terms of the window in which it will be released,” the IGN report stated.

While not much is known about the game as of now, it has been confirmed by Naughty Dog that the player will take control of Joel, while Ellie will be controlled by the AI. Also, the developers have introduced a new gameplay mechanic called "dynamic stealth."

This new mechanic suggests that there are a host of strategies and techniques that the player can use at any given time as they approach a new situation, to which enemies will react differently.

“The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience that blends survival and action elements to tell a character driven tale about a modern plague decimating mankind. Nature encroaches upon civilization, forcing remaining survivors to kill for food, weapons and whatever they can find. Joel, a ruthless survivor, and Ellie, a brave young teenage girl who is wise beyond her years, must work together to survive their journey across what remains of the United States,” Evan Wells, Co-President, Naughty Dog, previously stated on the PlayStation Blog.

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