The Last of Us Part 2 on PC: all the rumors in one place


A Naughty Dog job post suggests a PC version of The Last of Us Part 2

The main evidence pointing at The Last of Us Part 2 on PC is this Naughty Dog job posting. Naughty Dog is looking for a graphics programmer with a “thorough understanding of current GPU architectures,” including AMD and Nvidia. The interesting bit there is the inclusion of Nvidia.

The PS4 and PS5 run on a custom AMD GPU, so it's suspicious to be seeking experience with hardware that has nothing to do with PlayStation. On top of that, the post asks for experience with “DirectX12, Vulkan or other modern graphics or compute APIs” and “console or PC programming experience.”

Taken at face value, it sounds like Naughty Dog wants The Last of Us Part 2 to be compatible with a variety of hardware. That simply doesn't line up with the game being exclusive to the PS4 or even ported to the PS5.

The Last Of Us Part 2: Ellie and Dina

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A Last of Us Part 2 port lines up with Sony's plan for the PC

Rumors of PC versions for Sony games go a lot deeper than just The Last of Us Part 2, especially as of late. Sony CEO Jim Ryan recently revealed in an interview with GQ that “a whole slate” of PC ports are coming from Sony's first-party lineup. That's incredibly exciting news that also confirms what we've heard in the past. Media Molecule has spoken on several occasions about its plans to bring its open-ended creation tool, Dreams, to PC someday. 

In December 2019, Sony itself announced plans to bring MLB: The Show to multiple platforms as early as 2021. This may be a special deal struck to keep the MLB license in Sony's hands, but it shows at least some willingness for the company to branch out. Death Stranding and Horizon: Zero Dawn also both launched on PC in summer 2020. 

In 2019, Sony finally caved on crossplay and is now officially supporting the technology. Today, you can play games like Minecraft, Fortnite, Rocket League, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare together across the PS4 and PC (along with Xbox and Switch, too). Game streaming subscription service PlayStation Now has an official PC client, effectively making the service's entire library playable on PC.

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Predictably, Sony hasn't commented on the rumor

Sony hasn't made any official comment about the Naughty Dog job posting. That's business as usual: the company has a history of not commenting on rumors. If its real, we likely won't hear about The Last of Us Part 2 on PC until Sony is good and ready. Hopefully, that day is closer than we think. 

Frederick Catcher

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