The Last of Us will be playable as it downloads

Naughty Dog confirms that the digital version of PS3-exclusive The Last of Us will be playable as it downloads.

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Digitally purchased copies of upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us will be playable while the game is still downloading, developer Naughty Dog has confirmed.

Speaking to Game Informer, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann and The Last of Us game director Bruce Straley said that customers of the digital release will be able to start playing the game once 50 percent of the data has been downloaded.

Being able to play games as they are being downloaded is one of the key new features of Sony's upcoming next-generation PlayStation 4, which will launch later in 2013.

Yesterday The Last of Us' lead artist Nate Wells took to Twtter to praise the game's multiplayer mode. "I wish I could appropriately prepare you people for [The Last of Us]," he said. "But even if I were allowed to, I can't. And I really can't prepare you for the best [multiplayer] ever conceived."

Naughty Dog's latest game went gold this week.

The Last of Us will be released digitally on the PlayStation Store on June 14, the same day as the game's physical release.

Discussion

154 comments
Doobsac
Doobsac

Bogus ass shit. If You say I can play at 50 percent I want to play at 50 percent. It's at 55 percent and I can't play. Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.

Doobsac
Doobsac

I'm at 50 percent right now and I have no option to play.

sidjai
sidjai

I LOVE NAUGHTY DOG!

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Cool as this is, I'm still going to get a physical copy because, well, I'm a cheapskate.

vivalatour
vivalatour

what so wrong about being a so-called pot head , these guys seemed to know their business ! and that's right I do know weed puffers when I see them !

maitkarro
maitkarro

They should also do it like Dragon's Dogma did, you can play while the game is installing for physical games.

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

A demo (that didn't require you to purchase an entirely different game!) would be nice....but congrats on the 50% thing I guess, lol.


Hotswagle7
Hotswagle7

give us some multiplayer footage!!1

knife_expert96
knife_expert96

hahaha it seems they are showing a little bit of what the ps4 will be capable off here ;)

lilj2626
lilj2626

SOUND MIGHTY GOOD 2 ME HOPE SONY N OTHER COMPNYS START DOIN DAT CUZ DATS GOOD AT LEAST HALF DA GAME IS LOADED ON SO U CAN START PLAYN I LIKES DAT SO I GUES WEN I 1ST GIT IT N INSTALL IT WEN I GOT DLC IT SHUD START AFTER I HIT 50

lilj2626
lilj2626

SOUND MIGHTY GOOD 2 ME HOPE SONY N OTHER COMPNYS START DOIN DAT CUZ DATS GOOD AT LEAST HALF DA GAME IS LOADED ON SO U CAN START PLAYN I LIKES DAT

lilj2626
lilj2626

WEL WEL DA PS3 AMAZES ME AGIN DATS Y I LUV IT N AINT GIVN UP TO PS4 YET IF SONY CAN DO DIS WIT PS3/??ACTUALLY DAT NEW SNOOP GAME HAD DAT TO PLAY WHILE DOWNLOAD SO IDK YAW N I WISH SONY WAS DOIN DIS EARLY

lilj2626
lilj2626

dat was 1 reason i was crunk bout ps4 but if ps3 is doin dat ALREADY N I AINT THNK IT WAS POSSIBLE

wgerardi
wgerardi

I'm really excited for this game- but once this comes out all I have left to look forward to is GTA5.... Then its nothing... for a long time. :(

edinko
edinko

  "I wish I could appropriately prepare you people for [The Last of Us]," he said.

LOL. SOmeine said something similar about colonial marines probably. They (devs) always say overhyped nonsense like this. I wish they would just shut up and let the consumer decide without this upfront bollocks.  IF the game is a 4.0 game they will look like idiots. It doesn't matter one millimeter what is their track record. Eveyone can make a crappy game even if they made 100 great games before

JustArtificial
JustArtificial

ERM... Why not PRE-DOWNLOAD LIKE STEAM?! Get it ALL downloaded the day before, then play on release when the game is unlocked. And is this seriously a feature worth boasting about?

Pre-downloading seems like a much better deal, and what happens if you happen to run into a "not-downloaded asset"?

OuTLaWzGaming
OuTLaWzGaming

when the fuck will the demo be available ffs

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

New speed run competitions, see if you can play the game fast enough to catch the buffer.

On a side note, how much more will the digital copy cost?

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

I'm guessing the game will be 50+GB, considering thats about how big the release of Uncharted 3 was.

Toadamus
Toadamus

It's amazing how far technology has gone to...i only wish ps3 had this option earlier had to wait hours for my downloads to complete !

cuddlyfuzzle
cuddlyfuzzle

for the morons that can't wait for the game to download completely. wow huge news. 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

That's awesome.

I'm still going to buy the physical copy, and will continue to do so until they stop making them.

WWE6427
WWE6427

I wonder if their would be lag if you play it while downloading it.

kljohns2
kljohns2

Lol I'm gonna try a speed run of TLOU when I purchase the digital game and see if I can beat my internet speed before the game reaches 100% jk

lsdbaby
lsdbaby

I just finished Uncharted 3 last night and I must say that Naughty Dog are one of, if not the, best developers in existance today. Their games are excellent value for money (the multiplayer is well executed and never tacked -on) with focus on great gameplay and story. If you have a PS3 and haven't played Uncharted 2 and 3, your life has a hole in it.

Come on TLOU! I can't wait.

blackothh
blackothh

cool feature if you ask me. 

also this game is being hyped to the high heavens, I hope it does not disappoint.

wdma
wdma

i can't be hyped than already i am ..oh i just did
TLOU is going to be GOTY

Halloll
Halloll

if you bought the Digital version, will will Sony stream it on a ps4?

senjutsu
senjutsu

Yeah, but you can't sell your digital copy next year... 

aajep
aajep

@JimmeyBurrows People with terrible internet will win unfortunately, while people with will chase the impossible...

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

@JimmeyBurrows At release date $60, just like retail prices. After a month like $50. and if you are a PS+ you probably get an additional discount.

whalesex
whalesex

I'm not entirely sure why I am a moron for being happy about the ability to play a game a few hours in to a 4 or 5 + hour download.   Also, this is news, as this ability hasn't been available to PS3 or Xbox users up to this point.  So, fuck off.

bouff
bouff

@WWE6427 in theory there shouldn't be any lag at all, even in MP (as the MP will take priority and slow the download).... but if you start downloading anything on PSN and start a game it stops the download. so unless the game is so big that you cant complete it in one sitting (once out of the game it downloads the rest) or they have found a way to bypass download while playing limitation, which sounds like it would lag as the PS3 would be doing way to much at once.....

bouff
bouff

@lsdbaby I totally agree (except the MP as I never play MP so I wouldn't know).... But what about Uncharted (first)

blackothh
blackothh

@PSYCHOV3N0M PS4 will be like that, but i think its cool that they are trying to do it on the PS3 even tho it probably was not originally designed with that feature in mind.


50% is better then 100%

senjutsu
senjutsu

@PSYCHOV3N0M On the PS3 you need 50%, on the PS4 you need 0% (since it's a stream). The PS3 cannot stream, so it's nice to start playing in advance instead of waiting for 100%. 

wgerardi
wgerardi

@lindenwilkinson @wgerardi All I really care about next-gen is Metal Gear- everything else just seems like more of the same. I'm more excited about Oculus Rift than anything- but they're probably not gonna release a consumer version until 2014.

lsdbaby
lsdbaby

@bouff @lsdbaby To be honest, the first one was meh. I got about 80% through it but it felt like the game wasn't balanced properly. As a result when I bought UC2 I was completely blown away.

I am now 100% converted into a fanboy.

bouff
bouff

@senjutsu @PSYCHOV3N0M its not 0%, it downloads a very small part of the game (i.e. tutorial, character creation ect.)... so maybe 2%?

ForceofNature9
ForceofNature9

@lsdbaby 

Uncharted 1 was ruined by there being too many annoying shootouts. The story is amazing though. Uncharted 2 & 3 have just the right amount of shootouts. Actually Uncharted 3 didn't have that many overall now that I think about it, but the one's it did have were great and challenging. Especially in the boat scenes.

senjutsu
senjutsu

@bouff @senjutsu @PSYCHOV3N0M No it's 0%. You don't even have to download the game at all. On the PS4, the PSN will use the Gaïkaï technology to stream your games (a bit like OnLive). You can download them slowly in the background at the same time (it's gonna be slower).