The Last of Us Pixel Version Makes the Zombie Apocalypse Adorable
Is it possible to make a dark and realistic game like The Last of Us cute? Apparently yes, by throwing pixel art and bright colors in the mix.
The Last of Us has gotten no shortage of fan works and tributes, showing how much this series has resonated with its player base. Woostar, who already creates some outstanding pixel art, showcased their own interpretation of the game’s world through their official Twitter account:
— Woostar (@WoostarsPixels) January 7, 2021
The art is absolutely adorable, even though you can still see how dangerous and deadly the world itself is. If you enjoy Woodstar’s work and want to support them, you can purchase their The Pixel Platformer Engine as well as assets from their itch.io page here.
If you’re in the mood for more fanart check out this mock poster done by famed Japanese artist Yoji Shinkawa (who is best known as the lead character and mecha designer for the Metal Gear franchise), this stunning grayscale fan art of Ellie and Joel, this artist’s mashup of scenes from the game in Studio Ghibli’s iconic artstyle. There’s plenty of other lovely fan creations to look at as well such as Joel and Ellie recreated as an Ukiyo-e Style painting, this cosplay depicting a heartbroken and exhausted Ellie, fan art poster showcasing Ellie’s evolution, or this amazing mural of Abby appropriately painted beside a gym.
Keith Paciello, the studio animator for the game, went into great detail about the process behind its realistic facial animation. For even more insight into the developmental process behind The Last of Us Part II sound designer Beau Anthony Jimenez took to Twitter to detail the process behind voicing the various Infected enemy types, as well as crediting the talented voice actors who gave performances for them.
Some recently released numbers demonstrate the sheer amount of manpower needed to bring such an ambitious game to fruition. Naughty Dog’s final tally was 2332 people total to develop the game, which includes 2169 developers credited and 163 extra “thanks” to help with The Last of Us Part II. 14 outsourced studios, two of them devoted to sound design and mixing with the other 12 dealing with art direction.
Speaking with Game Informer recently, Laura Bailey who voices Abby, said that playing the character was one of the most grueling roles she’s done, but also stated that it was one of the most gratifying experiences in her very long and impressive career.
For any newcomers to the franchise, or those who haven’t played Part II yet, Features Editor put together a guide of everything you need to know about The Last of Us. And you can check out our review from Editor-in-Chief Ryan Meitzler, who absolutely adored the game. You can also read up on how Part II portrays the five stages of grief.