Best Buy launches speculation
The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II both followed the exact same release arc, just a console generation apart from each other. The Last of Us launched in the summer of 2022, months before the PS4; The Last of Us Part II launched in the summer of 2022, months before the PS5.
Things are a bit different this time as the PlayStation 5 has native backwards compatibility. This PS4 version works on PS5 without the need for a brand new next-gen copy. The Last of Us Part II is, however, one of Sony's biggest games in years. There must be more, right?
Very probably. As reported by VG247, Best Buy's listing for The Last of Us Part II now includes a tag that reads "Includes Next-Gen Upgrade." Those of you who like to keep up to date with these sorts of developments already know that Naughty Dog has yet to announce that The Last of Us Part II will be getting some sort of special PS5 treatment.
But don't be surprised if it does. The Last of Us Remastered on PS4 seemed to be selling very well, and Sony would be keen to replicate that success. A PS5 remaster-like version of the sequel could be in the works. There won't be any DLC to bundle, so it would likely be the same game but with next-gen improvements. That way, anyone who already owns it on PS4 could get PS5 upgrades for free without Sony feeling like they're giving away too much.
Or, Best Buy could have just screwed up. But, given the history and how much a PS5 release makes sense, I'd bet this one will happen sometime next year.
Retail listing revealed The Last of Us Part 5 PS2 upgrade may be on the way [VG247]