In a video interview with EvolveTV, Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer confirmed that The Last of Us, the new post-apocalyptic fungal zombie survival horror, will have 12 to 16 hours of single player gameplay.
Meyer said that your play time will vary depending on how you play the game. If you are the kind of person who just brute forces your way through things, you’ll probably run into a bit of trouble once you realize that resources are scarce in the post-apocalyptic wasteland, but if you succeed you’ll manage to breeze through the game in twelve hours or so. However, there are plenty of things that can add to game time including scavenging for extra resources, handling tense situations in a stealthy or diplomatic manner, or just going for all of the trophies the game has to offer. Heck, exploration alone can add several hours to your playtime and, for a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the world of The Last of Us is beautiful and just waiting to be explored.
Unfortunately, the single-player campaign isn’t getting any bigger than this. Meyer said that Naughty Dog will be focusing on multiplayer expansions only and will not be releasing any downloadable content for the single-player campaign. So milk every last drop out of the single-player experience while you can. Meyer also confirmed that single-player will be an entirely linear narrative, with a focus on storytelling rather than player choice, so it doesn’t appear as if the single-player campaign will offer much replay value.
The Last of Us is scheduled to come out on June 14th. A demo is in the works and will be offered to God of War: Ascension owners first, before becoming public.