The Last of Us

The Last of Us wasn’t exactly a walk in the park on its default difficulty setting, but the game’s about to get a whole lot harder as part of a brand new single player expansion due out later this year. Dubbed the Grounded Mode, this add-on promises to offer the “hardest challenge that you’ll ever face” in Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic world, adding impossibly intelligent enemies to the title’s already brutal interpretation of the future. “The ‘Completed Grounded Mode’ Trophy might just be one of the most difficult that you’ll ever earn,” teased community strategist Eric Monacelli on the PlayStation Blog.

You’ll be able to download the extra for free if you own the title’s Season Pass, while the all-new challenge will set you back $4.99 if you want to purchase it on its own. Subscribers will also net the Reclaimed Territories Map Pack for free, which includes four new multiplayer arenas: Wharf, Capitol, Coal Mine, and Water Tower. “Each map has a mix of Trophies attached and is set in locations that will be familiar yet unfamiliar to players of the single player campaign,” Monacelli continued. “Intelligent use of climbing, stealth, flanking, and all of your clan survival techniques will be essential to master these maps.” Again, the new environments will cost you $9.99 without a Season Pass.

Elsewhere, the developer’s also adding a bunch of fresh weapons to the online fray. The Survivalist Weapon Bundle will cost you $5.99 a la carte, and will come with four new firearms: Specter, Double Barrel, Enforcer, and Launcher. “These guns have very unique attributes that have been carefully balanced so as to offer new play styles that fit into the existing Factions gameplay,” added Monacelli. Two survival skill bundles will be available as well, allowing you to kit out your character with some unique traits. These will cost $3.99 each individually, but everything will be available with the Season Pass for free. Of course, all of these goodies will be included with PlayStation 4 port The Last of Us Remastered, too.

Finally, it seems that the Californian company’s realised that the Season Pass perhaps offers a little too much value, and it’s decided to discontinue it. “The Season Pass will be available for $19.99 for four more weeks,” Monacelli concluded. “After the week of 13th May, when the PlayStation Store updates in your region, the Season Pass will no longer be available. Get the most out of The Last of Us while you still can.” You can turn your attention to the PlayStation Blog for individual information on each of the maps, weapons, and skills being added to the game. Phew, is that enough new content to tide you over until the title’s next-gen re-release?