Take this with a grain of salt for now, but one of the most critically acclaimed games in recent memory may be getting a new lease in life — as The Last of Us Remake is rumored to be in development for PS5 by Naughty Dog.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the TLOU remake supposedly began life under Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Visual Arts Service Group — a group of developers who assisted in some other high profile games such as Spider-Man and Uncharted before wanting to take on a grander project. That was supposedly the new TLOU remake, however Sony let Naughty Dog take over and oversee things in recreating their 2013 game of the year masterpiece — which already got remastered for the PS4 and has a live-action TV series adaptation on the way by HBO.
Michael Mumbauer, who took over direction of the Visual Arts Service Group in 2007, recruited a group of about 30developers, internally and from neighboring game studios, to form a new development unit within Sony. The idea was to expand upon some of the company’s most successful franchises and the team began working on a remake of the 2013 hit The Last of Us for the PlayStation 5. But Sony never fully acknowledged the team’s existence or gave them the funding and support needed to succeed in the highly competitive video game market, according to people involved. The studio never even got its own name. Instead, Sony moved ownership of the The Last of Us remake to its original creator, Naughty Dog, a Sony-owned studio behind many of the company’s best-selling games and an HBO television series in development.
Deflated, the small group’s leadership has largely disbanded, according to interviews with eight people familiar with the operation. Many, including Mumbauer, have left the company entirely. Mumbauer declined to comment and others asked not to be named discussing private information. A representative for Sony declined to comment or provide interviews.
Now this is still a report and there’s nothing confirmed about this at all, but the story also says that Sony Bend is developing a new game after their Days Gone 2 pitch got rejected by Sony.