Last week, we asked you to share new skins unlocked in The Last of Us Part II Remastered’s No Return mode using #PSshare #PSBlog. Here are this week’s highlights:

RevolutionAndre shares Ellie facing forward in the Astronaut skin

secondcapture shares Abby looking up through aviator sunglasses in the Bomber skin

W3bmast3r_vp shares Ellie with her gun drawn and a spore mask on in the Savage Starlight skin

Morph__1 shares Abby looking down in the rain in the Eighties leather jacket skin

jabivgp shares Ellie wearing the red Plaid skin, looking at the camera with a spore mask on

SneakyMikeVP shares Abby looking over her shoulder in the Badlands skin

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THEME:  Cool

SUBMIT BY: 11:59 PM PT on February 7, 2024

Next week, we’re feeling cool. 😎 Share moments with an undeniably cool character from the game of your choice using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

Last week, we put the spotlight on The Last of Us Part II Remastered using #PSshare #PSBlog. Here are this week’s highlights:

RevolutionAndre shares Abby gritting her teeth surrounded by fire

ChosenVoid shares Joel aiming his shotgun

Mr_GBM shares Ellie’s tattooed arm hanging down near overgrown ferns

sirevanztheduke shares Dina leaning against the horse stables

MSTakesPictures shares Abby looking around with her flashlight on

TakaSanGames shares Ellie crouching in the ferns looking down a rifle scope

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THEME:  The Last of Us Part II Remastered – New Skins
SUBMIT BY: 11:59 PM PT on December Jan 31, 2024

Next week, we’re testing out the new skins players can unlock in The Last of Us Part II Remastered. Share Ellie and Abby’s new looks using #PSshare #PSBlog for a chance to be featured.

The Last of Us Part II Remastered launches January 19, and we here at Naughty Dog are so thrilled to offer new and returning players the definitive way to experience Ellie and Abby’s story. Coupled with new behind-the-scenes features and new modes, Part II Remastered is intended to let players dive deeper into the story and gameplay than they ever have before.

Ahead of launch later this week, we’re excited to showcase a new features trailer that digs a little further into all the ways The Last of Us Part II Remastered enhances the original release. Check it out below:

Dive deeper into new The Last of Us Part II Remastered features, out Jan 19

For returning players who have been waiting to jump into the remastered version the $10 upgrade will be available as Part II Remastered launches! If you’re an existing digital or physical owner of The Last of Us Part II on the PlayStation 4 console, head on over to the PlayStation Store as soon as Part II Remastered is available to purchase the upgrade. If you own The Last of Us Part II via a disc, you must insert disc copies into your PS5 via a disc drive to download and play the digital version of The Last of Us Part II Remastered. You’ll be able to import existing saves from the original PS4 game and pick up from where you left off. Existing Trophy progress will also migrate to The Last of Us Part II Remastered.

No Return mode

Speaking of trophies, Part II Remastered’s exciting new single-player roguelike survival mode No Return comes with its own set of new trophies that should encourage you to dig into everything the mode has to offer. With a roster of 10 characters, including some never before playable in the world of The Last of Us, thrilling new gameplay mods, and so much more, we’re thrilled for all of you to jump into this new addition to the world of The Last of Us. No Return also integrates a number of Part II Remastered’s accessibility features, and combined with the ability to create custom runs that allow you to take on runs as you see fit, we look forward to hearing about your time with No Return.

And before you kick off your first No Return run, be sure to check out our primer on the roguelike survival mode new to The Last of Us Part II Remastered. We can’t wait to see how your Daily Run scores stack up against others on the leaderboards!

Guitar Free Play and more features

While No Return is designed to let players engage with The Last of Us Part II Remastered’s combat on a deeper level, it’s one of several new features included in Part II Remastered. Be sure to watch the features trailer above if you haven’t already for a rundown of the full experience, which also includes Guitar Free Play. This mode will let you fully immerse yourself in our guitar-playing minigame while you play as Joel, Ellie, and The Last of Us composer Gustavo Santaolalla, and strum on the guitar, banjo, and steel resonator. Use FX pedals to modulate your performance, and test out your musical expertise with a fan favorite feature we’re so happy to spotlight in its own mode.

Part II Remastered features new additions to our suite of accessibility features, like Speech to Vibrations and Cinematic Descriptions, which we previously included in The Last of Us Part I. We’re excited to bring these features to the Part II Remastered experience, as we also are to introduce Speedrun Mode, which we also introduced in Part I.  We’ve also made some additions like dynamic lighting, Frame Forward, Gaze Direction, and new frame and logo options for Photo Mode, and we’re delighted to share that Photo Mode will be usable in No Return as well, ensuring you can capture all the unexpected and thrilling moments from your runs.

Inside The Last of Us Part II Remastered’s development

We’ve also included features we hope will give you a deeper appreciation for the game and its development. That includes hours of new developer commentary accompanying cinematics from Neil Druckmann, Halley Gross, Laura Bailey, Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, and Shannon Woodward. There are also three Lost Levels that show early-development slices of levels that didn’t make it into the final game. Those sequences – Boar Hunt, Jackson Party, and Sewers – include developer commentary explaining the intention and plans for these sections, which you can hear by activating them via interactables strewn throughout these levels.

To further offer a glimpse behind-the-scenes of The Last of Us Part II’s production, we’re excited to share that Grounded II: Making The Last of Us Part II will be added to The Last of Us Part II Remastered in a post-launch update, (release date TBA) and be available to watch online (release date TBA).  A sequel to the original Grounded documentary for The Last of Us, the documentary will offer an in-depth look at Part II’s original development. Stay tuned to Naughty Dog’s social channels for updates on when to expect it.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our awesome Features trailer if you haven’t watched it already. As you dive into your adventure on January 19, let us know how you’re faring against No Return’s Daily Runs and share your Part II Remastered Photo Mode shots from the mode with us using the hashtag #NoReturn! We’ll be sharing some of our favorites in the weeks to come on the official Naughty Dog Twitter.

From all of us at Naughty Dog, we’re so thankful to those of you returning to this story with The Last of Us Part II Remastered; and to all of our new players – welcome! We’re grateful for your support in allowing us to craft experiences that mean so much to our team and to know how much they mean to you.

Find out more about The Last of Us Part II Remastered’s new roguelike survival mode No Return here.

The Last of Us Part II Remastered arrives for the PlayStation 5 console on January 19, 2024. With it comes a slew of new behind-the-scenes content, technical enhancements to leverage the PS5 hardware, and new modes to ensure that whether you’re experiencing the award-winning sequel’s story for the first or fifth time, there’s something new to discover.

Preorders for both the standard version of the game, physically and digitally, as well as the W.L.F. Edition, are available starting today. And to mark the occasion, we’re excited to highlight one of the most expansive new additions: No Return, a single-player roguelike survival mode. Before we jump in, check out our trailer for the mode below.

The Last of Us Part II Remastered: Exploring the roguelike survival mode, No Return

No Return is a new foray for the world of The Last of Us, built to spotlight Part II’s nuanced and engrossing gameplay in a unique way. Let’s dive a bit deeper into what you can expect from the mode.

What Is No Return?

No Return allows players to choose their own path and test their skills across runs of randomized encounters, throwing you into familiar spaces from The Last of Us Part II’s campaign, like Jackson, the Channel 13 News Station, and many more. These scenarios will be unfamiliar and even unexpected, though, with unique gameplay twists. But be warned: death is permanent in No Return, so if you fail a run midway, you’ll lose all weapons, items, and upgrades accumulated for that run and begin again with a fresh set of randomized scenarios. How you progress during any given run isn’t pre-defined – throughout a run, players will have to choose between different encounters, which will determine not only the type of gameplay mode you tackle, but also what rewards you may unlock, what potential modifiers you’ll encounter, and more. And in between each combat scenario, you’ll return to a Hideout, where you can prep and choose your next fight via a path laid out on a corkboard in these familiar locations.

Should you make it all the way to the end of a run, you’ll come up against one of six successively unlocked boss encounters (and after you’ve conquered them all, they will randomly cap off future runs) against some of Part II’s most memorable foes, but not necessarily in the ways you first fought them. Runs, whether they end in a victory or at the hands of a Clicker or Hunter midway through an encounter, culminate in a score and you’ll receive a rank based on your performance.

That next run will be unique from the one before it, offering a fresh set of encounters each time you play. No Return’s challenges fall into four different types – Assault, which pits you against waves of enemies; Capture, in which you have to break into a safe full of valuable supplies enemies are guarding; Holdout, during which you and an AI-controlled buddy defend against Infected swarming around you; and Hunted, in which you need to survive until the timer runs out against continuous enemy reinforcements.

Each type can take place in a variety of locations, and to continue ensuring each run feels fresh and distinct from what’s come before, Mods will randomly be applied to encounters. Choosing to take on modded challenges affects the rewards you’ll receive. We don’t want to spoil the full list, but these will test your skills in some fun and surprising ways, including mods like enemies dropping pipe bombs upon death, a thick fog enveloping the encounter map, and more. We’re excited for fans to experience the full suite of Mods in-game, as they offer some truly exciting twists to any given encounter.

Gambits are optional dynamic challenges that can further spice up any given round. From needing to land a number of headshots to dodging melee attacks, Gambits can both help you solidify a plan going into a challenge or offer up an opportunity to expand your strategy while working toward additional resources for that run.

Speaking of resources, as players of The Last of Us Part II will already be familiar with, the campaign features a number of upgradeable weapons for Ellie and Abby’s arsenal, as well as skill upgrade trees. These ideas carry over to No Return, but upgrades reset after each run, so you’ll have to make difficult choices as you progress about which weapon upgrades to spend your acquired resources on or what skills you think might offer the best edge in upcoming encounters. Which weapons drop also varies from run to run, which will further impact which upgrade paths you may want to, or need to, take to ensure survival.

No Return’s Metagame

In addition to purely trying to survive a run, No Return offers a host of metagame objectives and unlockables that carry over from run to run, so that even if you can’t quite make it to a boss fight, you’re still working toward new characters, skins, and more.

No Return starts off with Ellie and Abby as playable characters, but one of the ways we wanted to offer player choice is with a wider suite of characters you can unlock, including some playable for the first time in the franchise. By progressing through various Challenges, you can unlock Ellie’s fellow Jacksonites Dina, Joel, Tommy, and Jesse, while Abby’s companions Lev, Yara, Mel, and Manny are all also unlockable.

Each character has unique traits that offer different playstyles. Dina, for example, comes equipped with trap and stun bomb recipes from the jump, and has an upgrade in her skill tree to craft double the amount of bombs, while Abby comes with a melee upgrade recipe and heals on melee hits. We hope the variety allows players to not only invest in the playstyles they love but also test out mechanics they may use less often.

Challenge tracks are associated with each playable character and the mode overall, and completing these objectives will unlock everything from new playable characters to new skins to gameplay twists like Gambits, Buddies, and more.

Though runs are randomized, you can separately take on custom runs that allow you to toggle on or off various factors that affect No Return’s gameplay. And if you’re feeling competitive, a new Daily Run will be available every day to prove your skills against the world.* Every player will have one shot at the same randomly generated run with the same character. See how you fair against other Part II Remastered players thanks to a leaderboard where you can track how your score and runtime stack up.

No Return will be playable as soon as you boot up The Last of Us Part II Remastered, though we encourage newcomers to play the campaign first to get a handle on gameplay. For both new and returning players, this mode is designed to challenge your skills, and while it does offer tutorial information, having a solid basis of the fundamentals of our combat system is recommended. Whatever your prior experience with The Last of Us, we hope No Return will offer something fresh and unexpected.

If you haven’t already, be sure to read our The Last of Us Part II Remastered announcement blog for a broader look at what the remaster includes. Players who already own The Last of Us Part II on PS4 will be able to upgrade for $10 USD to the Remastered version**.

But if you’ve never played before, Part II Remastered is available for preorder starting today. That includes the physical The Last of Us Part II Remastered W.L.F. Edition, available direct from PlayStation in select markets (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Benelux, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Austria, which includes 47 Society of Champions trading cards, a SteelBook display case, and more.

Whichever way you decide to play, we can’t wait for you all to experience for the first time or relive The Last of Us Part II Remastered when it arrives for PS5 on January 19, 2024.

*Daily Run requires internet connection.
**Price shown in U.S. currency and may vary by country. Check PS Store at launch on January 19, 2024 for local pricing.
Upgrades for disc copies of the PS4 version of The Last of Us Part II are only available if you have a PlayStation 5 console with a disc drive. Owners of PS4 disc copies must insert them into the PS5 every time they want to download or play the PS5 digital version.