The Last of Us Part I, is, according to a developer working on the project, not a cash grab.
Animator Robert Morrison, who has previously worked on 2018’s God of War, Injustice 2 and Resident Evil 7, made the declaration through his Twitter account, stating, in response to the cash grab claims aimed at The Last of Us Part I:
“Actually it’s the most meticulously built and crafted project that I have ever seen or been a part of in my entire career. The highest level of care and attention to detail possible.. I am in awe of the work that an amazing group of people did on the project. A tremendous amount of passion was put into it.”
We already knew we were getting a total overhaul of the original, arriving on PlayStation 5 this September, and Morrison’s statement all but confirms that The Last of Us Part I will be much, much more than just a slapdash remake of the original.
“It’s just a cash grab”
Actually it’s the most meticulously built and crafted project that I have ever seen or been a part of in my entire career. The highest level of care and attention to detail possible. pic.twitter.com/csjZ3kZMyG
— Robert Morrison (@RobertAnim8er) July 10, 2022
Granted, he’s just one developer, and as such is potentially biased, but it is encouraging to hear that so much effort has gone into the remake. It’s certainly not unusual for developers to (contracts permitting) to praise the projects they’re working on.
What makes this situation different, however, is it’s been just nine years since the original hit the PlayStation 3 (with a sequel arriving in 2020) and eight years since a PS4 remaster was released. On top of that, Sony are charging full price for the game with, as far as we know, no apparent upgrade path. As has frequently been pointed out, no-one’s forcing people to buy it – but it still feels a little off.
We’ll reserve final judgement till we get our hands on The Last of Us Part I, set to arrive on the PlayStation 5 this September 2nd.