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How Naughty Dog Reinvented The Apocalypse For “The Last Of Us”

07/06/2013

When you decide to create a post-apocalypse with zombies, how do you make it your own? We spoke with game developers Naughty Dog (...)
When you decide to create a post-apocalypse with zombies, how do you make it your own? We spoke with developers Naughty Dog on how they created the ruined world of The Last of Us. Sony’s new The Last of Us has what sounds like a pretty typical set up: you play as the grizzled veteran Joel escorting 14-year-old girl Ellie across America, now a ruined landscape filled with murderous humans and the feral Infected. But the folks behind the at Naughty Dog have tried to make it an atypical apocalyptic tale. The critically acclaimed (reviewers have called it "remarkable," "genuinely surprising," "a new entrant into the discussion for this year’s best title.") is visually stunning but is also a character-and relationship-driven combination of story and strategy that marks a departure from standard zombie offerings. Here, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckman and director Bruce Straley discuss how the studio approached a classic genre and made it new. It’s About the Living, Not the Zombies The world of The Last of Us features the U.S. two decades after a fungus has claimed most of the population, turning them into zombie-like Infected. But the focus of the story isn’t the monsters. It’s the people surviving. "When the post-apocalptic genre is done properly, you really get to explore people and what we do to each other," says Neil Druckmann, the game’s creative director.Read Full Story    
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