Since its beginnings in 2013, The Last of Us has grown to be one of Sony’s most popular exclusive franchises. The Last of Us Part II, released in 2020, sold 4 million copies in its first week. However, the post-apocalyptic world of The Last of Us will not be limited to digital world of video games for much longer. Naughty Dog has announced that a tabletop version of the game will be coming soon.
The Last of Us: The Board Game is being created in partnership with CMON. This is not the first time CMON has made adaptations of video games. They are also responsible for Bloodborne: The Board Game and God of War: The Card Game. According to a Naughty Dog post on the PlayStation Blog, development on the tabletop game is already underway and more news should follow soon. In the announcement made by CMON, the VP of Entertainment and Head of Licensing at CMON states that The Last of Us is a series that they have followed for a long time and are “eager to adapt the stirring character-driven player experience to tabletop, letting fans explore the world and story in a entirely new way”.
The announcement of the upcoming The Last of Us tabletop game is part of The Last of Us Day, which Naughty Dog and fans of the series celebrate on September 26 annually. It is usually called Outbreak Day. However, due to 2020’s global pandemic, Naughty Dog decided they did not feel right using that name.
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) September 22, 2020
Along with the tabletop game, Naughty Dog also announced an upcoming in-depth guide for cosplaying as Abby, one of the main characters of The Last of Us Part II. Furthermore, they also debuted a free The Last of Us dynamic theme for PS4, and are also making all “existing The Last of Us Part II themes and avatars free on PlayStation Store from now until Monday, September 28 at 11:59pm PT”.
Although a The Last of Us tabletop game is certainly something to be excited about, it is not the only thing that fans of the franchise have to look forward to. As many fans will already know, an HBO series adaptation of the show is in the works. Neil Druckmann, director of both The Last of Us games, will be involved in the HBO series. He will be working alongside Craig Mazin who has stated in a BBC podcast that their intention with the story is to “fill things out and expand, not to undo, but rather to enhance”.
September 26 will be a day of celebration for fans of The Last of Us and, according to Naughty Dog there will be “a lot of exciting content lined up” starting from “9:00am PT / 6:00pm CET”. It would be wise for anyone hooked on the series to keep a close eye on Naughty Dog’s social media accounts for more information.