A next-gen upgrade may be in the works for Naughty Dog's latest game, making The Last of Us Part 2 PS5 a reality sooner than we thought.
A store listing for The Last of Us Part 2 has appeared over at Best Buy that suggests a next-gen update for the game could be in the works at Naughty Dog.
The Best Buy store listing for the PlayStation 4 physical copy of one of 2020's biggest games includes a tag that reads "includes next-gen upgrade".
The development studio itself hasn't formally announced any specific upgrades for The Last of Us Part 2 on PS5 – though the game does benefit from all the usual system-side upgrades backwards compatible games enjoy if you boot it up on the new hardware (including faster loading times and so on).
The Last of Us Part 2 also supports haptic feedback via the DualSense controller on PS5, but that's about the extent of its next-gen support at the time of writing.
It may be that Best Buy has made the listing in error, and we're not going to see more upgrades released for the game, but given that other PlayStation exclusives have received patches to make them perform better on the new hardware, that seems unlikely.
There's also no mention of an upgrade on The Last of Us Part 2's PS5 store listing page, though, so take Best Buy's tag with a pinch of salt. The official Sony description for the game on PS5 actually notes that "while this game is playable on the PS5, some features available on PS4 may be absent".
Last week, HBO greenlit a series based on The Last of Us that's due to go into production soon. It will be helmed by Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin and executive produced and written by Neil Druckmann.