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The Last of Us’ Evacuation Date is Tonight—Is It a Teaser for Something?

Posted on October 17, 2013 AT 01:39pm

The reveal of Uncharted 4. The unveiling of a major new franchise from Naughty Dog. The surprise launch of the PlayStation 4. The surprise of a next-gen version of the adventures of Joel and Ellie. These are just some of the things The Last of Us‘ mysterious date may be predicting!

Okay, I don’t actually think any of those things are going to happen today.

BUT! For those who played through the biggest PlayStation 3 exclusive release of this year, The Last of Us, you may remember a very specific date and time showing up in part of the game on an evacuation notice.

Well, here’s the thing: that day is today, October 17th, 2013. And—if we’re going off of the assumption that the time would be according to Eastern Standard Time, as it was in the game—8pm will be coming up in just around three and a half hours.

So, here’s my question to you: will anything happen tonight? When working on one game, developers often love putting in little easter eggs that reference their next title in some way—something Naughty Dog did to tease The Last of Us in Uncharted 3.

Does Naughty Dog have a big announcement planned for later tonight? Is something magical and wonderful going to be revealed in just a few short hours? Is this all nonsense, and the date was just a totally random date put into the game to help increase its sense of realism?

Let us know in the comments below—and don’t hold back in dreaming big about what a potential reveal could be!

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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