The Last of Us Gets New DLC; Some Fans Aren't Happy About It

Grit and Gear Bundle and new gestures now available to buy, as some fans say Naughty Dog is "nickel and diming" them.

Naughty Dog isn't done supporting its acclaimed post-apocalyptic action game, The Last of Us, just yet. One week after the release of The Last of Us Remastered--a PlayStation 4 version of last year's PlayStation 3 game--the developer today launched new content for both versions of the game, and some fans aren't happy about it.

The Grit and Gear Bundle includes six headgear items for $7. Naughty Dog points out that each bundle features an exclusive item that can only be had through the bundle. New gestures (at left) are also available today, as part of a $2.49 bundle.

That's not the end of The Last of Us DLC, however. Next week, Naughty Dog will release another headgear pack, the Professional Sports Bundle. This content will also be available for PS3 and PS4. Looking further out, the developer teased that another expansion with new maps and weapons will be released "two weeks from now." This is likely the multiplayer expansion Naughty Dog announced last month.

The announcement of this new Last of Us DLC has drawn the ire of some PlayStation fans, who wrote in the comments section on the PlayStation Blog that Naughty Dog is "nickel and diming" them with the new content. Responding to these criticisms, Naughty Dog community strategist Eric Monacelli pointed out that all the DLC released until the Last of Us season pass ended in May is available for players in Remastered. If you didn't buy the DLC pass, you missed out on an "insanely good" deal, Monacelli said.

Another commenter said sarcastically, "Yay!!! The people love our game; let's shove some more DLC down their throat every two weeks…" Monacelli replied, "Ha. Not at all. We want you to play with new gear. Also, if you don't want to buy now we have bundles and sales coming."

The Last of Us Remastered does not offer a DLC pass, though it does include the Left Behind single-player add-on and multiplayer expansions Abandoned Territories and Reclaimed Territories. For more on The Last of Us Remastered, check out GameSpot's review.


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kurt2012007
kurt2012007

This is why I refuse to buy games that have a ton of DLC content.

yourbadopinions
yourbadopinions

This is just good ol' fan service since Sony is doing it, but imagine the shitstorm if this was a MS title doing this.

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

So, their last release was a 'remaster', the previous one was DLC, their next one is a sequel, but NOW they're 'nickel-and-diming' you?


Coffee's on - can you smell it???

k41m
k41m

Eh, it's to be expected nowadays. Either get used to it or find a cheaper hobby. 

santinegrete
santinegrete

I'm starting to wonder if this game was a success financially. I mean, I played the game and liked it, but sustained retail Price of PS3 copies, PS4 remaster and the fatiguing release of DLC of such superfluos content tell me the game costed a lot to develop and they're trying to get every penny they can. Am I wrong?

UltimateBastard
UltimateBastard

Or the game was a massive success and they are just milking it for ever last drop because they know people want more of "the last of us".

k41m
k41m

@santinegrete Them trying to get every penny they can has nothing to do with the games success. Seems like just a sour comment to me but hey who am I. It just has to do with greed, I don't know why this kind of thing surprises anybody anymore.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@k41m @santinegrete because this Publisher isn't EA nor Activision... but you may be right, I'm giving Sony and ND too much credit.

dangxiaolong
dangxiaolong

@k41m @santinegrete It's just the same thing Gearbox and 2K did with Borderlands 2. They hit pay dirt, and they aren't going to stop until they've bled it dry. And if that means pissing off their fanbase? So be it.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@UltimateBastard  kinda wish better results came from that truth, like more SP content in DLC. And my PSN store in Argentina won't let me purchase that DLC :(

SweetPandaLove
SweetPandaLove

Ugh.  The Anti-DLC crowd is just boring now.  Criticize, criticize, criticize.

09Striker
09Striker

@Eraldus @09Striker @yourbadopinions @SweetPandaLove the point is simple.

The game had its experience the way it was created, this is the game you paid for, maybe some bonuses as preorders but that is what you spend you money on.

If the game remains this way, except for bug fixing etc, than that's it. No other then the creator and or producer decide wether changes are made to the game or if any content is released. They decided the game is done at some point. If you have a problem with that, you will at some point go and play something else, other will follow. If however the developers add some customization, even if purely cosmetic, either like it or not, if you don't like it, nothing has changed for you, you did not pay any more money, no one got any boosts to be better then you. If you do like it (like many people do) then thats one way to refresh the game experience. 

So unless you just argue to have something to argue, then there is absolutely no reason to get all worked up because of it. take it or leave it. 

jdlok
jdlok

@SweetPandaLove Why?  Because they don't tolerate getting ripped off all the time like your sorry ass?  You're pathetic and you're the reason the gaming industry is in my opinion not dying but already dead.  Pathetic. 

parabol69
parabol69

@jdlok He's probably the type of idi0t that thinks Destiny was a good deal.

09Striker
09Striker

@yourbadopinions @SweetPandaLove  you get worked up because of a 10 dollar dc that nobody forces you to buy, you wont miss anything if you think it isn't worth it. Wonder who is the one to grow up.

Eraldus
Eraldus

@09Striker @yourbadopinions @SweetPandaLove Either you're trying to act like an i diot, or you are completely oblivious about  what's the whole point here... The thing is about constantly making these stupid DLCs, which could be ALREADY in game, instead on focusing on actual content.

takuo_0987
takuo_0987

Even if you buy the remastered and ps4? The DLC still gets to be paid..? im confused

karnis
karnis

solution don't buy the dlc

RustedTruck650
RustedTruck650

This is nothing but cosmetics for the MP game characters so it shouldn't bother anyone. I wish I could say the same about the purchasable skills you can buy though, that is just absolute disgrace. The Grit and gear bundle are a bit on the expensive side, I must say.

Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

I could buy a real hat for $7.

Rekson
Rekson

Meanwhile, Steam makes millions from Hats.

yourbadopinions
yourbadopinions

@Rekson and pc cheetorace autists think it's fine and the 'future of gaming', hilarious

jark888
jark888

I will buy the game only when the finish complete product arrive. That will go for any game except a handful of my favorite tittles. One more thing, when will publishers & developers going to stop selling costumes and accessories. Well...if they persist on doing that, at least make it a one-time fee for god sake.

justerthought
justerthought

Why the hate guys. DLC is not compulsory. If you want it, buy it. If not, just ignore it, but don't come moaning in the comments because you wanted it for free. It's not like they're selling an uber gun that kills 10 people at once with one shot.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

If you believe corporate promises, you're getting a lesson in why you shouldn't.

Also, I have yet to experience any authority kicking down my door and forcing me to buy DLC, so I'll assume all this nickel & dime bed-wetting over Naughty Dog's "new" revenue stream model is purely recreational.

tommynj
tommynj

Sony is 2 for 2 this week in screwing over their fan base. Not surprised because Sony is terrible at customer service when it comes to their customers.

Kos1c
Kos1c

I'm a little disappointed that there is no new single player dlc. Already got planned to sell the game right after completing the story and left behind dlc.

Not getting dragged into the multiplayer and this cash grab their doing with silly hats.

rcj22001
rcj22001

You want to charge for cosmetics?  Great, that's acceptable.  You want to charge for content, likes maps and additional story, go f*** yourself. 

jasongm
jasongm

For those complaining, its quite simple.. Don't buy the extra DLC. That's all.

jts1891
jts1891

@that98kid Oh yes, because two DLC maps will really split the player pool.

user_pt
user_pt

@jasongm Yeah, since it's just new gear, I don't see why such a big deal. If you don't want, don't buy. They are releasing it because they know there are some people that will willingly give their money on the first week, so why not release the new content? I'm usually against most day one DLC and new story-mode downloads, but this is useless crap, if people want to waste money, go right ahead. Those who don't, simply don't buy it. Simple as that.

bawgs
bawgs

@jasongm That's fine, except for the people that bought the season pass... that should include all DLC which was the impression I was under when I bought it. There shouldn't be an expiration date for the season pass.

that98kid
that98kid

@user_pt

The hats aren't an issue. Money isn't the issue. It's Naughty Dog's broken promises.

The main grab for this game was that it would have a consolidated player pool. By making new maps paid, it will yet again split the pool making people lag more and will take longer to find games.

People on the forums have said they'd happily buy all the pointless cosmetics so long as naughty Dog made the maps free.

And for those who only buy for the SP, trust me, the MP is BRILLIANT. You're really missing out.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Wow what can I say. After not playing the original, TLOU re mastered has totally blown me away. One of the best games I have ever had a chance to come across in 38 years. One thing I will say that many of the people that call the game an interactive movie have never played it...after reading all the hype on the threads that is one thing that I wanted to point out. 80% of the game is combat, and none of it is cheesy emotional rhetoric.


I will say however that after looking through some of the multiplayer stuff I am a bit disappointed. 90% of it is fine; hats for the most part which are cosmetic in nature. But there seem to be weapons and perks you can flat out buy to unlock. Not sure if they are unlockable through playing (I hope so...), but if they aren't it would be a real problem. If they are like BF4's battlepack thingies and you are paying to avoid grinding it is still a problem although not as bad. I haven't had much time lately so I haven't read through the comments perhaps someone can enlighten me.


Also Troy Baker is the man. Honestly dude can do so many kind of voices and have them sound unique. Yuri Lowel in Tales of Vesperia was the first game I noticed his voice in.

Techtroll
Techtroll

No they're selling guns and perks that you cant unlock its greedy bs

Vodoo
Vodoo

If ND wanted to make more money off the game then they should release more single player dlc. That's the reason people play the game in the first place.

W4rl0ck
W4rl0ck

I don't play MP so it's all pointless to me. Once the main game is over I'm done with most games. 

lionhartwolf
lionhartwolf

I love ND games, but I know the one thing they are not good with is DLC. I learned that with UC. I you love loads of useless cosmetics (the majority you'll likely never use.) then the season pass might be for you, but quality DLC this is not. You are better off skipping the pass and just buying what you want. They love their MP fans just a little too much especially considering that it's the SP content that always brings people in.

rasterorsoniu13
rasterorsoniu13

I hear Mountain Dew quenches thirst.

It might help get that salty taste out of your mouth

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

The game focuses on single player, and yet they keep cranking out multiplayer bullish nobody wants. Why not just make more single player DLC instead?

straightcur
straightcur

@HipHopBeats  That's too hard.  Multiplayer is infinitely easier to make for a lot less money. It's not about the game at this point, it's only about the dollars!