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Last of Us Remake Dev Rejects "Cash Grab" Criticism

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One of Naughty Dog's animators has addressed the backlash facing The Last of Us Part 1 remake heading to the PlayStation 5.

During this year's Summer Game Fest, Naughty Dog announced that The Last of Us Part 1 would be getting a remake. The game first released back in 2013 for the PlayStation 3, and had since been remastered.

The teaser trailer released by Naughty Dog didn't offer fans much in terms of gameplay and instead showed off some of the game's upgraded character models. While many fans were excited to see the original game get a modern console remake, others were quick to bring up their concerns — particularly with the game's current $69.99 standard edition price tag.

Former PlayStation animator Robert Morrison addressed the concerns on Twitter, quoting the common complaint that the remake is "just a cash grab."

“Actually, it’s the most meticulously built and crafted projected that I have ever seen or been a part of in my entire career,” Morrison rebutted. “The highest level of care and attention to detail possible.”

"The price of the game is out of my control and worth is subjective to each individual. You can decide for yourself if you want it or not. All I’m saying is I am in awe of the work that an amazing group of people did on the project. A tremendous amount of passion was put into it," he continued.

Without much in terms of gameplay having been shown, fans have remained skeptical, claiming that the game appears to just be a graphical update which doesn't justify its near-$70 price.

Regardless, come the remake's release date on Sept. 2, fans will be able to see for themselves if the game is more than just a new remaster. The Last of Us Part 1 remake will be available on PlayStation 5, with a PC release set to arrive at a later date.