The Last of Us premieres today on HBO

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Here’s a sentence that I never thought I’d type: The Last of Us airs its first episode tonight on HBO and HBO Max. 

It’s a surreal feeling. Just think: In a few short hours, Joel and Ellie will be introduced to the entire world in a whole new medium. I’m incredibly grateful to the  team at Naughty Dog, HBO, Sony Pictures Entertainment, PlayStation Productions, and of course the cast and crew members that helped get us to this  historic moment.  

I’m particularly thrilled that we found Pedro and Bella to play our iconic leads, Joel and Ellie. I can’t wait for the world to experience their portrayals and the rest of these unforgettable characters in an entirely new way. 

Naughty Dog’s Co-President Neil Druckmann also wanted to drop by with a quick message for you folks: 

“It’s been an unimaginable honor (and one of my life’s highlights) to collaborate with Craig Mazin and the team at HBO to bring The Last of Us to life as a TV show. Intense pride doesn’t begin to describe my feelings to how the show turned out. I deeply believe it captures the soul of the game that so many of you have fallen in love with. As you can imagine, I’m extremely excited (and extremely nervous) for PlayStation and Naughty Dog fans to dive into the first episode and experience for themselves the love the cast and crew has poured into this adaptation. From myself and everybody at Naughty Dog, thank you! It is due to your incredible passion and support that this show exists! We are forever grateful! Endure and survive!”

– Neil Druckmann, Co-President, Naughty Dog

And another quick note for you The Last of Us veterans. The HBO show follows the broad beats of the overall story from the game, and is quite faithful in tone and spirit. But hopefully it won’t come as a shock that this isn’t a beat-by-beat, line-by-line adaptation of the games. Neil, Craig and the production team took this opportunity to weave in new characters, themes, and locations — only where they felt true to the characters and the world, the “soul” of The Last of Us. Sometimes this was done to expand on ideas only briefly explored in the games, or because it better served the narrative structure of an episodic show.  

But rest assured, The Last of Us stays true to the soul of the games. I hope you’ll join us tonight, and definitely let us know what you think! 

Share of the Week: Unlucky

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Last week, we asked you to find moments where characters ran out of luck in the game of your choice, and share using #PSBlog #PSshare. Here are this week’s unlucky highlights:

ForgottenJasmin shares Aloy falling from a snapped rope in Horizon Forbidden West.

OuterRimsPhoto shares a troll about to be whipped by Kratos’ Blades of Chaos in God of War Ragnarök

masaoandm shares an unsuspecting cat lover about to be ambushed by a headless yokai in Ghostwire: Tokyo.

GameTogg shares Sam tumbling down a cliffside in Death Stranding.

MilanesfanTJG shares Nathan Drake caught in a rainstorm in Uncharted 4.

elicitus__ shares Amicia caught up in a fire in A Plague Tale: Requiem

Search #PSshare #PSBlog on Twitter or Instagram to see more entries to this week’s theme. Want to be featured in the next Share of the Week? 

THEME: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
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Share of the Week grabs a lightsaber and hops in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, available as a PlayStation Plus Monthly Game for January. Share daring moments with Cal using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

Season: A letter to the future new story trailer revealed, PS5 features detailed

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In Season: A letter to the future, you play as a young woman from a secluded village exploring the world by bike for the first time, collecting memories before a cataclysm washes everything away. Your journey brings you to a strange valley where the seeds of the next Season have been planted. You meet the last remaining inhabitants the day just before they’re to be evacuated. In this last moment, you try to piece together the mysteries of the valley. Every conversation, every landscape, brings you closer to understanding: what is this Season and why is it ending?

Season: A letter to the future new story trailer revealed, PS5 features detailed

What’s the story?

Most of the themes of “Season: A letter to the future” are expressions of the anxieties of our age. We’re heading towards a future we know will be worse than the present. As this becomes more certain, it has an attendant thought that feels even darker: These awful years are also the good times. The story exists to give some kind of poetic expression (poetic meaning barely under control, the subconscious has the wheel) to these thoughts and feelings, to defamiliarize them, tear them up and put them back together in a fantasy world. There is another major motif to the story as well: The five senses.

The senses or how things feel

The game often calls attention to your senses. The screen goes black several times as the character closes her eyes to listen closer to sounds. How things taste, feel, or smell, are often described as you explore. This theme found potent expression in many of the features available only on PlayStation 5. How does it feel to ride a bicycle? The adaptive triggers let us vary the resistance depending on the speed or the steepness of the road, so going uphill feels uphill. The haptic feedback also changes as you cycle over different types of terrain. When recording audio in the game, you hear the sound but you also feel the shape of it in the vibration of the DualSense controller.

Season also uses Tempest 3D AudioTech to add a deeper level of detail to the spatial dimensions of sound. The world is populated with ear-catching sounds that demand this close inspection. Music doesn’t just exist in the score but is part of the world, self-playing musical instruments, tunes from the radio, unusual bird songs, wind singing through bamboo. These are rich details but given the thematic importance the game attaches to our senses, they take on an added layer of meaning.

Interact with the world and its people

There are many diverse people you will meet on your adventure through the world of Season. When you come across them, each is preparing for the changing Season in their own way. Join th

PlayStation Store: December 2022’s top downloads

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It’s time to reveal the top downloads for PS5, PS4, PSVR, and F2P for this past December. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and FIFA 23 trade for top and runner up spots across the US and EU PS5 charts, with those positions replicated in the PS4 charts. December’s big new releases The Callisto Protocol, Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion, and Marvel’s Midnight Suns also got a look in. 

Check out the full listings below. Next week, we’ll reveal the top downloads for the entire year of 2022. 

PS5 Games

1Call of Duty: Modern Warfare IIFIFA 23
2FIFA 23Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
3NBA 2K23Grand Theft Auto V
4Grand Theft Auto VNeed For Speed Unbound
5Madden NFL 23The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
6The Callisto ProtocolThe Callisto Protocol
7God of War RagnarökGod of War Ragnarök
8Need For Speed UnboundELDEN RING
11Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesCyberpunk 2077
12Gotham KnightsIt Takes Two
13The Witcher 3: Wild HuntStar Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
14Marvel’s Midnight SunsGoat Simulator 3
15Cyberpunk 2077Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
16Star Wars Jedi: Fallen OrderGRAN TURISMO 7
19Sonic FrontiersGotham Knights
20The Last of Us Part IMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

*Naming of products may differ between regions
*Upgrades not included

PS4 Games 

1Call of Duty: Modern Warfare IIFIFA 23
2FIFA 23Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
3NBA 2K23Minecraft
4MinecraftGrand Theft Auto V
5Grand Theft Auto VThe Last of Us Part II
6Red Dead Redemption 2Red Dead Redemption 2
7The Last of Us Part IINeed for Speed Heat
8Madden NFL 23NBA 2K23
9God of War RagnarökA Way Out
10Need for Speed HeatGod of War Ragnarök
11ARK: Survival EvolvedARK: Survival Evolved
12God of War III RemasteredGod of War III Remastered
13EA Sports UFC 4The Crew 2
14God of WarTom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint
15A Way OutGod of War
16NHL 23Marvel’s Spider-Man
17Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesAssetto Corsa<

PlayStation Plus Game Catalog lineup for January: Back 4 Blood, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Life is Strange and more.

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Update: Sayonara Wild Hearts was incorrectly announced as part of January Game Catalog lineup for PlayStation Plus.

Today we’re happy to reveal the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog for January 2023. All games will be available on Tuesday January 17. Let’s dive in. 

PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium | Game Catalog

Back 4 Blood | PS4, PS5

Join the war against the Ridden in a thrilling co-op first-person shooter from the creators of Left 4 Dead. With humanity’s extinction on the line, it’s up to you and your friends to take the fight to the enemy, eradicate the Ridden and reclaim the world. Fight your way through a dynamic, perilous world in a four-player co-op story campaign where you must work together to survive increasingly challenging missions. Play with up to three of your friends online or go solo and lead your team in battle. Choose from eight customizable Cleaners, one of the immune survivors, and a range of lethal weapons and items as you strategize against an ever-evolving enemy bent on your total destruction.


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