The new game’s teaser video trailer first appeared during the Spike Video Game Awards last weekend.
“raise the bar so hight that other developers will take note and say to themselves, “Okay, I really need to learn the craft of storytelling, I really need to involve my actors in this in order to get realistic performances and realistic actors”.
Druckmann added that game critics have had a string of habitually praising mediocre game storytelling which has been tolerating developers in general to not improve in that area so much.
“Games come out that are fun and exciting and get visceral things right, but to read in reviews that they have an amazing story is disheartening to us because we work so hard at it. As critics we need to raise the bar, otherwise no-one’s going to change. We’re going to keep pushing ourselves, and kill ourselves to make this story happen – but hope that by doing it, the rest of the industry is going to take notice and try to do the same thing.”
Druckmann notes Last Of Us as a love story set in a post-apocalyptic environment:
“This is going to sound corny, and it might not appeal to gamers, but I would say it’s a love story. It’s not a romantic love story, it’s a love story about a father-daughter-like relationship. “We approached this genre because we felt no-one is getting to the heart of it. It tells you something about the human condition – that’s what you want to do as a storyteller. We’re not saying every game needs a strong, compelling and dramatic story, but if you are going to make a narrative-based game then you better learn the craft.”
Last Of Us is another upcoming game that is set to be an exclusive to the PlayStation 3 console platform. No release date has yet been announced.