The Last of Us Part 2 has seen some extreme bumps in the road as it pertains to the development and release of this long-awaited game.
From delays, to accusations of crunch culture at Naughty Dog, to massive story leaks which revealed the game’s ending, a lot has been done to curb fan excitement for this title.
However, despite all of that, it remains one of the most highly anticipated game releases not just for 2020 but for the PlayStation 4 in general.
In keeping with that fan excitement, the game will release alongside a special themed PlayStation 4 Pro, which is now available for pre-order through Sony’s website.
This could be a great way for Sony to sell off some of its PlayStation 4 Pro stock before the PlayStation 5 releases this holiday season. Either way, the announcement of this themed console was revealed by Sony in a press release.
This special edition PlayStation 4 Pro console features an engraving that is based on Ellie’s tattoo. It comes with a wireless controller that is similarly themed, a 2TB Seagate external hard drive, and a themed headset.
The console costs $399.99 USD in the United States and $499.99 CAD in Canada.
The controller can also be purchased as a standalone for $64.99 USD. It comes in a Steel Black matte finish with white detailing. Ellie’s fern tattoo is engraved on the lower right hand side of the controller with The Last of Us Part 2 logo appearing on the touchpad.
The decision to use the tattoo was touched on by John Sweeney, the art director for Naughty Dog.
“When the opportunity arose to create a custom PS4 Pro for The Last of Us Part 2, I worked with our graphic designer at the time, Angel Garcia, and we considered a few different ideas, but we kept coming back to Ellie’s tattoo,” he said. “By that point, it had become a symbol of the game and for the community — much like the Firefly logo in the first game. It was the clear choice, but we wondered what if it could be engraved? It hadn’t been done before, so we weren’t sure if it was even possible. But thanks to the incredible efforts of the teams at PlayStation, we found a way. The result is something we feel is really special — a design that honors the passion of our incredible fans and that we ourselves would be proud to own.”
The Last of Us Part 2 releases on June 19, 2020, exclusively on the PlayStation 4.