Yesterday we brought you news that a special edition for The Last of Us had been spotted on Amazon. The Special Editions have since been confirmed and detailed on the PlayStation Blog, and as is traditionally the case North America and Europe will each receive a different combination of extras.
To celebrate the two main characters in The Last of Us, European gamers will be able to choose from The Last of Us: Ellie Edition and The Last of Us: Joel Edition, both special editions of the game and both exclusive to PAL territories. Both are available to pre-order for £59.99/€79.99.
Both editions will come packaged in a tactile canvas wrap and will include a mini artbook titled ‘The Art of The Last of Us’ which Dark Horse teamed up with Naughty Dog to produce. They will also include the first issue of ‘The Last of Us: American Dreams’ which is the first in a series of comic books that explores the backstory of Ellie and features a unique variant cover.
The Joel and Ellie editions feature artwork representing each character on the premium outer and inner packaging, both being completely themed to that character. You’ll also get a screen print effect poster and a DualShock 3 skin, branded with either Joel or Ellie in the respective editions. Each edition will also include voucher codes for a downloadable Joel or Ellie costume for LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy.
Both editions will include downloadable content as well, the Survival DLC Pack and the Sights & Sounds DLC Pack, which are detailed below.
Survival DLC Pack
- Bonus XP
- Melee booster
- In-game currency
- Customisable character items – bonus Joel and Ellie skins available once the single player game is completed
Sights & Sounds DLC Pack
- Official game soundtrack by Academy Award-winning musician Gustavo Santaolalla
- PS3 Dynamic Theme
- PSN avatars: Winter Joel & Ellie
North American gamers can look forward to the Survival Edition ($79.99) and the very limited Post-Pandemic Edition ($159.99). Let’s take a closer look at what each special edition includes below.
The Survival Edition will include ‘The Art of The Last of Us’ artbook, a full sized hardcover art book by Dark Horse that gives you the opportunity to explore over 170 pages of the artwork and designs from the making of the game. This artbook will also be available as a standalone edition for $39.99.
It will also include the first issue of ‘The Last of Us: American Dreams,’ from Dark Horse, artist Faith Erin Hicks and creative director Neil Druckmann, which will feature a unique variant cover. You’ll also get the Steelbook edition of the game, featuring artwork of Ellie and Joel on either side, as well as the Sights & Sounds DLC pack (contents detailed above).
The Post-Pandemic Edition is described as being for the “true collector.” It will include the Steelbook edition of the game and ‘The Last of Us: American Dreams’ issue 1 with variant cover. It will also include a “highly collectible” 12” premium statue of Joel and Ellie by Project Triforce. You’ll also be two DLC packs, the Sights & Sounds DLC pack and the Survival DLC Pack.
The Last of Us will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 3 on May 7th.