The Last of Us Part II Remastered is out imminently on PS5, with owners of the original PS4 version able to gain access via a $10 upgrade path. Whether or not such an entry was necessary has been a hot debate amongst fan communities ever since we learned it existed. Director Matthew Gallant says he doesn't understand why there's so much "consternation" surrounding the undeniably contentious remaster.
VGC asked Gallant why he thought video game remasters bring out a backlash in gaming communities, this one in particular: "I don't understand some of the consternation about what The Last of Us Part 2: Remastered offers. It's the best way to play The Last of Us Part 2."
Gallant believes there is audience demand for the remaster and that the value proposition speaks for itself. Along with the original, incredible game, made better by graphical enhancements, you get the Lost Levels and developer commentary, roguelike No Return mode, Guitar Free Play mode, and DualSense integration.
And while some fans of the 2020 original might not see much use for a remaster, Gallant explains more PS5 players join the ecosystem every day: "If you're a new PlayStation owner and new to the franchise, we want to get you the best experience with all the hardware features on a PS5 native version of the game. My sense is there's an audience for this for whom the idea of a PS5 version is thrilling. I'm also speaking for myself. I'm excited we can bring this to the fans, and if it's not for everyone, that's fine."