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The Last of Us Part 2 gets a retro fan remake in Dreams

While The Last of Us Part 2 has been delayed until May, the hype surrounding it has not died down one bit. In fact, while we have to wait a little longer to finally see what Joel and Ellie's next adventure will hold, one fan has taken it upon himself to show us what the sequel would have looked like back in the day.

Bearly Regal is a creator who has used Media Molecule's game creation engine Dreams to put together some truly impressive "throwback" titles. He previously wowed fans with an HD remake of Metal Gear Solid, as well as PlayStation One-style reimaginings of Cyberpunk 2077 and Death Stranding. For Bearly Regal, everything old is new again and vice-versa, so it's only natural that his next project would be a PS1-style remake of another game that isn't even out yet.

Somehow, even a game that looks as advanced as The Last of Us Part 2 seems to work perfectly as a classic PlayStation horror title.

The Last of Us goes full '90s

Bearly Regal shows off his "demake" in a video titled "The Last of Us Part 2 – PS1 Edition." From the simple menu and loading screens, it's clear that a lot of thought was put into making this feel as authentic as possible.

The demo video follows Ellie — rendered in her full 1990s polygonal glory — as she searches for Joel in the area surrounding a safe house. All of Ellie's dialogue is presented through text on the screen. Aside from sound effects, the most notable piece of the demo's sound design is the music, which is seemingly pulled directly from Gustavo Santaolalla's score for The Last of Us.

We see Ellie sneaking around a group of infected creatures, which appear here as human-shaped character models with a sickly pink shade to them. There's even a bit of Resident Evil-style puzzle solving, with Ellie replacing a fuse in order to open a gate and escape. 

We're still waiting patiently before we can play the real Part 2 for ourselves. Still, this is a clever look at an alternate history where we may have gotten this series a few decades earlier. Bearly Regal has done it again. And who knows? Maybe a significant portion of the game will involve Ellie replacing fuses. We'll find out for sure this May.