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The Last of Us Easter Egg Hidden Within the Charm of Astro’s Playroom

The adorable bots from Astro’s Playroom play out a scene from The Last of Us.

November 17, 2020

For those of you lucky enough to have already received your PS5, there are plenty of games for you to get stuck into straight away. With first-party titles that include Demon’s Souls, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, you’ll have more than enough to get started with and to also check out your new next-gen console. Astro’s Playroom by Japan Studio is already pre-installed onto the PS5, giving players who are a bit strapped for cash after paying out for Sony’s new system a chance to familiarise themselves with the DualSense controller. If you haven’t already found it yet on your travels in Astro’s Playroom, you may be in for a little The Last of Us surprise.

Posted by Kratos Cinema on Twitter, we see a short clip of some gameplay from Astro’s Playroom that sees the adorable little bots by what looks to be a cave entrance. While two of the characters hide behind a wall cowering in fear and holding a brick (another The Last of Us reference), one brave bot faces off against another bot that’s made to look like a clicker. Unlike the clickers in The Last of Us, this cute bot is far from frightening even though it looks like it has fungus growing out of its head. The brave bot is so oblivious and unafraid of the “clicker” that it gets out a PS Vita to play for a moment as even in times of crisis, there’s always time to game. This Last of Us easter egg is one of many that players can find on their adventures as the game is packed with many hidden references to PlayStation console history and also plenty of artifacts to collect for players to display in their PlayStation Labo.

If you’re feeling a little bit left out because you haven’t been able to pre-order a PS5 or because it’s not yet out in your country, maybe you would fancy a PS5 simulator? Game developer Alex Grade has made and released a PS5 Simulator that allows players to simulate the experience of having a PS5 in their home. The PS5 Simulator will simulate you getting the system delivered to your home and then having to plug in the system to play. This will either keep some players happy until they can get their hands on one or totally piss them off. If you’re wondering what games to choose for your new console, you may want to check out this article that lists all of the first-party titles coming at launch.

Like many brand new launch day consoles, the PS5 has been having some issues. Recently, it has been reported that PS5 owners have experienced crashes and issues reportedly tied to putting the system into Rest Mode. Games that include Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered have been specifically cited as culprits for the system crashes. Giant Bomb‘s Jeff Gerstmann noted that putting the system into Rest Mode while running the game would cause a crash that forces the PS5 to repair its drive. It’s also noteworthy to mention that Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold WarGodfallMarvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesDemon’s SoulsAstro’s Playroom, and more have also had their fair share of issues on the PS5, too.

The PS5 is available now in select countries, while the system will have its larger worldwide release on November 19, 2020.

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Rachael Fiddis
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Rachael (She/Her), who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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