The Last of Us is Third Person, Aiming for Late 2012/Early 2013 Launch
Much like by Naughty Dog developed Uncharted and Jax and Daxter, The Last Of Us will be a third-person action game, according to an article by USA Today.
The article also states that the game is aiming for a late 2012 release, or an early 2013 one. Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells explained that they split the studio in half after the release of Uncharted 2 so that they could keep key developers who deserved a promotion:
If we didn’t expand the roles for people, we could potentially lose them, because they really wanted to be challenged. We didn’t want to lose that talent.
While they didn’t want to give the storyline away, Naughty Dog revealed that, at the start of the game, Joel, the lead character, finds Ellie teams up with her. Neil Druckmann, the game’s creative director, said:
[Joel is] a vicious survivor. When he meets this girl, she is his one chance at redemption. That kind of arc has always been intriguing.
The Last Of Us will continue the developer’s quest to make games more respected, and more cinematic, with Naughty Dog co-president Christophe Balestra saying:
We’re trying to move the medium of video games into an area elevated in the same manner of respect of film. We want to redefine what our medium is even called. ‘Video game’ is not an accurate name anymore. It is not necessarily a game with rules and a winner and a loser. It’s an experience.”