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access_time April 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM in Features by Tyler Colp

The Last of Us Remastered PS4 should offer an upgrade fee


When The Last of Us: Remastered launches on PlayStation 4 this summer, there should be more than one way to get it.

The new version of last year’s game serves two types of people. People who have played the game before and are looking to play it on the PlayStation 4 where it’s said to run in 1080p and at 60 frames per second, or people who missed it the first time around.

For the people who haven’t played the game before, $60 is probably fair, especially since it seems like developer Naughty Dog is going to great lengths to increase the graphical fidelity of the game for the new hardware. You can view some of the comparison videos of the brief trailer out there. The footage suggests the game is going to look great. The game will also include all the DLC that was included in the $20 season pass, including the excellent Left Behind story. It’s a small price for a fantastic game with great DLC.

But for the people who have already paid for the game once before–probably for at least $40 or more since it still retails near its $60 launch price–they should be able to pay a small upgrade fee to get access to the new version. Similar to the way last-gen versions of games could be upgraded to the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions. The ability to upgrade seemed to be pretty popular to the people who wanted to do it, and it was a good incentive to buy one of the new consoles.

The price could be something like $20 to upgrade your disc or digital version of the game to the Remastered version. Sony already got the sales from the initial purchase of the original game, and this way, it would gain the benefits of selling the fee directly through its own store. And you get to play an even prettier game!

Having both options available might help the Remastered version’s sales and popularity, which could lead to more HD remakes from Sony. This is an exciting, good trend that should continue if treated right. The infrastructure of the PlayStation 4 could allow for more experimentation like this, so let’s hope Sony takes advantage of it.


  • DarthDiggler April 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    The problem is they likely don’t want to release the DLC again and put it all on the disc. So doing an upgrade for that means that the price point would vary.

    $60 isn’t a bad deal for the game, I never played the expanded single player DLC. If they went with a $40-$50 price point at least they would be making a concession. I will admit $60 is a bit steep, but likely won’t stop me from buying it.

    The difference between TLOU BF4 and COD Ghosts is BF4 and Ghosts were created for next gen when they were developing the game. TLOU was made for PS3 and after release remastered for PS4. So there is a level of cost to bring it to the PS4 that wasn’t accounted for when they created the game for PS3.

    • Frank April 15, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Pal, in the time when they were developing TLoU, they already were considering to do a PS4 version of the game if the PS4 were a big success. So, I don’t see the difference between that and the CoD upgrade.

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