The First Art From The Last Of Us

The First Art From The Last Of Us

Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us, an upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive, only made its public debut over the weekend, and already we’ve got a look at its first concept art.

Most of these pieces are by Maciej Kuciara, an artist who we’ve featured before here on Kotaku and who previously spent some time at Crytek, the developers of Crysis and Crysis 2. So he’s gone from drawing busted-up American cities to…drawing busted-up American cities.

Something which seems to be the theme of the game’s development, given The Last Of Us’ designer Mark Richard Davies also last worked on a similar project, the post-apocalyptic Enslaved.

A few things to note from the art: one clearly shows the San Francisco skyline in ruins behind the pair, suggesting that’s where your journey begins (or at least where it did while the game was on the drawing board). And nearly all of them give off a vibe distinctly different from the trailer, as I’m getting much more of a The Road feel than I Am Legend.

If you’d like to see more of Kuciara’s work, you should check out his personal site.

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  • shame the ps3 version wont look as good as the concept art (and I love my PS3, but its a fact)
    Would like to see this on PC under DX11.

    • While it’s obvious that any game won’t look as good on 6 year old hardware as it would on 2 week old hardware, it still looks quite nice from the couple of screenshots I’ve seen.
      If they can make it run at 60fps at its current graphical level, I would be pleased.

  • I think it’s interesting to see some wildlife still kicking, specifically the deer… perhaps that means the fungus is specific to humans.

    • If you look at the BBC Planet Earth clip (it was linked on an earlier Last Of Us story here on Kotaku) which was one of the inspirations for the game, it says that there tends to be one of these fungi that targets each particular type of insect. So there’s one that targets ants, another one that targets grasshoppers or whatever. So yeah, working on that basis it’s quite feasible that if there was one that targetted humans, it wouldn’t necessarily have any effect on other species.

      • Yeah, that’s what I was getting at, be interesting to see if the infected actually do try and ‘eat/infect’ other species or if the infected ‘brain wiring’ only makes them target other humans.

  • The last picture in the article, which you’re using for the article header is pretty much ripped straight from Fallout 3, with the sky changed.

    • I didn’t notice a lot of grass or streams or deer in Fallout 3 (apart from that bunch of damn hippies and their talking tree up the northern end). Maybe I missed a DLC pack or something…

      About the only thing there that looks anything like Fallout 3 is the ruined freeway and rusting car wrecks, and those were hardly ideas original to Fallout 3.

    • I can see where you’re coming from. The broken freeway, wrecks, and even the sloping hillside makes me remember Fallout 3. I’d say it’s a fairly generic post-apocalyptic, though.

      The previous scene is also reminiscent of Fallout 3. Wrecked convenience store with bandits. The artwork is obviously more detailed than any scene in the fallout game.

  • does anyone else think this looks an awful lot like that will smith movie?
    *Google’s will smith*
    I am legend was what i was referring to… (minus himself plus a guy and his daughter? that i assume he will inevitably die trying to save?)

    • I don’t really see how it’s any more reminiscent of I Am Legend (whether that’s the Will Smith version or the Charlton Heston version or the original novel) than it is of any other post-apocalyptic work like The Road or The Stand or Enslaved or whatever (in fact it’s probably closer to The Road than I Am Legend, assuming the relationship between the man and girl is anything like that of the father and son in The Road).

      Regardless, it’s fine with me – I like post-apocalyptic wherever it comes from 🙂

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