During a question and answer session with CNN Turk, PlayStation Turkey’s vice president Sercan Sulun seems to have mistakenly outed a major upcoming title for the PlayStation 4.
That title? A PS4 re-release of Naughty Dog’s immensely popular apocalypse-survival story The Last of Us.
Said to be coming this summer, the release would include enhanced graphics, all post-launch DLC (including Ellie’s Left Behind side story), and be sold both in physical and digital forms.
Sulun’s comments were posted on NeoGAF by member Quirah, who picked up the story from the Turkish-language website Bölüm Sonu Canavarı. (The translation of Sulun’s mention of a PS4 version of The Last of Us was re-confirmed by another Turkish-speaking member of the forum, Heavy’s Sandvich.)
Video of the Sulun’s CNN Turk interview can be seen here, and while I certainly don’t speak Turkish, it’s pretty easy to pick out that he’s talking about The Last of Us, PlayStation 4 (after confirmed what “four” is in Turkish), and graphical updates.
Of course, the big question is if Sulun simply made a mistake when he mentioned a PS4 version of The Last of Us, or if he let slip information he wasn’t supposed to. Some of his comments were very specific—summer launch window, graphical upgrades, physical and digital release—which seem to go beyond what you’d typically expect from a standard slip-up or miscommunication. (“Yeah, a PS4 version of the game is coming,” and leaving it at that, seems like a far more realistic mistake.) Also, games have mistakenly been leaked from divisions of companies you might not expect plenty of times in the past—Sony themselves saw that when the South African arm of SCE slipped up and revealed the existence of Gran Turismo 6. If a PS4 edition of The Last of Us is indeed coming as soon as summer, then it would make sense that the company’s worldwide divisions would already know about it.
When contacted, Sony Computer Entertainment has sent out the same statement to various press outlets:
“At no time have we announced that The Last of Us is coming to PS4 and therefore, have nothing to say on the subject.”
While not always correct, it isn’t off base to read more into such “no comment” statements when made by companies. SCE is saying that they haven’t announced such a thing—not denying that such a thing exists.
Another big question: who would be working on the port? Naughty Dog has said that they aren’t doing anything along those lines, and really, it doesn’t make sense for them to be doing so. Here at EGM, one of our top guesses is Bend Studio. They’re currently working on an “unannounced PS4 project”, but given their recent history, crafting a major PS4 release would be a pretty big jump for the developer. Porting over a pre-existing game? Definitely believable.
I have to say, I’m quite exciting about the idea of going through the adventures of Joel and Ellie again via my PlayStation 4. What about you? Excited by the thought, or do you think it’s a waste of effort on Sony’s part? Let us know in the comments below.