Frightened faces

If this weekend’s incredible The Last of Us story trailer wasn’t enough to send you into a post-apocalyptic frenzy, developer Naughty Dog’s revealed a little more about the upcoming survival horror title. Posting on the PlayStation Blog, community strategist Arne Meyer not only confirmed the release's box art – but also teased that the adventure will boast some form of multiplayer component.

The cover itself shows protagonists Joel and Ellie wandering through a swamp-like environment. It’s interesting that the image leads with the teenage heroine – it would have been easy to shove her into the background in order to ensure some impulse purchases from mainstream gamers. Clearly, Sony wants consumers to know that this is a different kind of experience from the outset.

As previously reported, the game is due out on 7th May in both North America and Europe. Pre-ordering at participating retailers will reward you with the ‘Sights and Sounds Pack’, which includes the title’s official soundtrack, a dynamic XMB theme, and two PSN avatars. Meanwhile, at GameStop you’ll also secure the ‘Survival Pack’, which boasts bonus experience points for multiplayer, a melee attack booster, additional in-game cash, customisable character items, and two bonus skins for Joel and Ellie.

“Multiplayer?” Meyer wrote on the PlayStation Blog. “Exactly, we haven’t talked much about multiplayer other than confirming that we’ll be working to include it in The Last of Us. We’re not quite ready to talk about it yet, but stay tuned as we’ll be revealing more details on multiplayer before The Last of Us is released on 7th May 2013.”

We’ve embedded the title’s latest trailer in the space below. Feel free to share your excitement in the comments section.

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