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Is The Last of Us: Part 2 Still Receiving a PS5 Upgrade?

The Last of Us: Part 2 was receiving an upgrade for PS5 players, but since then, things have gone quiet. What’s going on?

The Last of Us: Part 2 is one of the most successful games on the PS4, winning more Game of The Year Awards than any other title. It represents one of the last great games of that console, so an upgrade to the PS5 seemed inevitable.

But since then, information on this upgrade has become scarce. This silence has unnerved some players, and many wonder what on apocalyptic dystopian earth is going on?

A PS5 upgrade for The Last of Us: Part 2 could take a variety of forms. It could be a full remaster taking advantage of the PS5’s technology, or a patch to bring the game up to date.

The latter option seems the most likely, as this has been the preferred PS4 game upgrade method since the PS5 came out. Most titles don’t need a full remaster these days; they just need a little polish and compatibility tweaks.

This way, a PS4 game can soon become HDR compatible (such as ray tracing), natively 4K, and receive a boost to 60/120fps. To do this a full re-release isn’t needed, especially for a very recent PS4 game like TLOUP2. One which has already received optimization for PS4 Pro.

 What Do We Know About The Last of Us: Part 2 On PS5?

Here’s where things get a bit strange, earlier this year a representative from Sony stated that The Last of Us: Part 2 was indeed getting a PS5 upgrade. But they never said what form it would take – this was also not considered official confirmation by Sony.

The Sony representative then revealed that they had seen the game running on PS5 and were impressed by Naughty Dog’s efforts to optimize the title for next-gen. But since then, silence.

Fans assumed that the patch was still in development, but a recent statement from industry insider Navtra has caused some concern. Navtra said:

“I know a patch was in the work at some point but I’m not sure if it’s still happening or when. I’d be surprised if it doesn’t get a patch, though.”

Natva has also commented on PS5 upgrades to Death Stranding and Ghosts of Tshushima.

As with all leaks, take them with a pinch of salt. But as far as we’re concerned – nothing has changed. While it’s all speculation on our part, we believe the simplest explanation is that Naughty Dog is still working on the patch.


What’s Really Going on With The Last of Us 2 On PS5?

Here’s why we think this; for starters, Navtra has a good track record, and we see his statement more as good news than bad. He’s corroborated the view that the patch for TLOUP2 exists - and expressed his belief that it will arrive in time.

He’s simply saying he’s not heard any update recently. And that as far as he’s concerned, a patch for the game still makes sense. Which it does.

The Last of Us: Part 2 is a wildly successful game, and it makes sense for it to receive an upgrade on PS5 eventually. There’s simply no real reason not to upgrade it.

Chances are Naughty Dog and Sony are still working on this, and as with anything in the gaming world, it will be ready when it’s ready. The PS5 only came out in November 2020; so January 2021 isn’t enough time to give up on the patch.

We may be wrong, but we feel a PS5 upgrade for The Last of Us: Part 2 is just as likely now as it ever was.

Leaks have been springing all over the place in the last week. Over the weekend we noticed a new leak for the fantasy game Elden Ring. Not to leave out all the Star Wars leaks that have appeared online.

An industry insider has leaked a Fallout New Vegas sequel too. This, alongside Bethesda's Indiana Jones game, will surely make a next-gen console worth a purchase.

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Friday 19th of February 2021

Holy crap. This guys has no idea what he's talking about. HDR (High Dynamic Range) has nothing to do with ray tracing. The game already supports HDR on any of the PS4 consoles. HDR enhances the bright and darker areas of the image as well as giving more color accuracy. Ray tracing is a rendering technique that produces a very realistic image by the using realistic light effects.