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The Last of Us DLC and season pass detailed

Naughty Dog will release three The Last of Us DLC packs (one single-player and two multiplayer), which are available to pre-purchase at a discounted rate when bought as part of a newly announced season pass. Priced at $19.99 / €19.99, which represents a 30 per cent saving over purchasing the DLC packs individually, the season pass is now available digitally in the US and will launch later today in Europe when the PlayStation Store updates. It will also be released at retail when the game arrives next month.

Eric Monacelli, community strategist at Naughty Dog, said in a post on the PlayStation Blog: “For the first time ever we’ll be offering single player DLC. The journey and cast of characters in The Last of Us lends itself to thorough narrative exploration and we’ve got more of the story to tell.

“The two other DLC packs will feature multiplayer content in the form of additional multiplayer maps and other expansions. You’ll be hearing about our multiplayer over the next couple of days. It’s an experience that continues the themes, tone and tension from the single player campaign and we can’t wait to tell you more about it.”

Monacelli also detailed a number of exclusive bonuses for season pass buyers designed to offer players a head start in the single player campaign

  • Increased Crafting Speed
  • Increased Healing Speed
  • 9mm Reload Speed Upgrade
  • Rifle Clip Capacity Upgrade
  • Grounded – exclusive 90min “Making of The Last of Us” documentary

The Last of Us is also now available as a digital pre-order from the US PS Store and will be in Europe later today. The game will be a day one digital download featuring an installer that lets users begin playing once the data is a little over halfway downloaded.

The survival-horror title went gold earlier this month ahead of the Last of Us release date of June 14. A The Last of Us demo included with copies of God of War: Ascension will go live this Friday, May 31, offering early access to one chapter of the game. We got our first hands-on with the title in February - see how we fared in multiple encounters with the infected in this The Last of Us preview.

9 comments

  • CitizenWolfie - May 31, 2013 5:38 a.m.

    I know I'm not going to bother with the multiplayer so buying a season pass is going to be more expensive than the standalone campaign DLC. The only thing I'll miss is the making of documentary but I've preordered the special edition so I'll have the comic and soundtrack instead. Plus, having DLC to boost your skills in a survival game seems like cheating a bit.
  • somerandomchap - May 29, 2013 4:17 p.m.

    Definitely will only be getting single player if it looks okay. Screw multiplayer and screw those shitty casual bonuses. Why would they even have increased health, reloading and crafting speed as a bonus. Isn't this supposed to be a survival game, not call of duty.
  • ParagonT - May 29, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Apparently production was just in the green about a week and a half ago, so its really up in the air if they were planning this way in advance or not.
  • BladedFalcon - May 29, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    *shugs* the plan was probably there, but actual work on the DLC probably has just stared. So it probably isn't like they are withholding back content so much as creating new one right away. Still annoys me a tad, but eh, with the way this fucking industry is going, this now feel honestly like a minor thing, which is sad.
  • ParagonT - May 29, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    I hope it had just started, if they show off game footage, then it may bring more criticism.
  • BladedFalcon - May 29, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    Well, if they've just announced it, I very much doubt they would show anything anytime soon, at least not for a month.
  • larkan - June 1, 2013 7:32 a.m.

    Of course it was planned ahead of time, but they have to "start" working on it shortly before it's release to avoid giving people the impression we should've had it for free in the first place.
  • KA87 - May 29, 2013 4:29 a.m.

    So if I read this right, your telling me that they intentionally withheld important content from the main game just so that they could get an extra $20 out of people on launch day. How sad.
  • Demon_Krauser - May 29, 2013 1:40 a.m.

    Ugh. Wish it was all single player dlc. Not hating on the multiplayer its just I think the game can stand on its own without resorting too things COD does.

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