The Last of Us Part II PS5 PlayStation

The release of The Last of Us Part II Remastered is right around the corner, lurking in the darkness, with Naughty Dog's enhanced re-release creeping towards a PS5 launch on 19th January. One of the most intriguing aspects is the vaunted No Return mode, a roguelike twist on gameplay, which one Naughty Dog developer has assured players is not for the faint of heart.

Del Walker, senior character designer at the storied studio, took to Twitter to tease how stressful the replayable roguelike survival mode can get, which sounds good to us. "Not recommended for weak hearts", Walker warns.

This No Return mode alone is looking like a seriously compelling reason to return to Naughty Dog's bleak world, especially if you already own the base game. A $10 upgrade path, along with how surprisingly epic God of War Ragnarok: Valhalla turned out to be, has us anticipating this release much more than we'd expected, even in a January as stacked as this.

How are you feeling about The Last of Us Part II Remastered, now that it's almost here? For veterans, is the prospect of No Return enough to convince you to return? Adapt on the fly in the comments section below.