this big difference with games already raging

The unreleased The Last of Us series has started to infuriate some fans because of the assumption that it is different from the original game.

When a successful license is adapted into a film or series, it is systematically expected in turn. Series Last of us from HBO is no exception to the rule and fans are already nervous, even though Neil Druckmann, creator of the license, is working on it alongside one of its most talented directors in its later years. , Craig Mazin (Chernobyl). But the two men have never hidden that the series will go further than the first game and will even allow itself to add or modify certain things. Except that the latest revelations to date did not pass.

The Last of Us series makes a change, you don’t like it

During a recent interview for Collider, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann discussed changes being made to the series, such as some differences regarding certain characters. Tess, for example, would be older and more marked by events, whereas Frank, Bill’s friend who died in the game, would be more important. A fairly common adjustment given the project’s ambitions, but the change that didn’t slip through concerns one of the most important points of the franchise: the infection itself.

Unlike video games, series Last of us choose a more realistic infection approach. Mazin also said that they reckon that people know what a pandemic has been like since Covid19. They then decided to anchor further afield Last of us in the real world by bringing the infection bit by bit. We should also know all the secrets this time.

Neil Druckmann said that one of his main goals was to ensure that the series did not degenerate into a simple “zombie series”. To do this, Druckmann and Mazin decided to include some of the monsters from the license, such as Clickers, and even new creatures, to stand out. As a bonus, they decided to completely review the mode of spreading the virus, so the spores, which are so present in the game, are simply left here. Rather, draw Last of us will treat the infected in a completely different way, giving them a nest mind, that is, the ability to transmit information to each other, as if they were one.

There have been a few additions we’ve made to the series that I really like. We wanted to avoid creating a simple series about zombies. So we have some creatures, like Clickers, that have helped separate us from it. But with the infected kids, we had a lot of discussions about what they would look like, because we removed a few things from the game. In the game, there are spores in the air and the survivors have to wear gas masks to protect themselves. But we decided early on that we didn’t want to do that for the show. Then, by thinking about the ways in which infection is passed from one infected person to another, like a fungus, we thought that it could be a kind of interconnected network. It gets really scary to think that the infected can all team up against us in a unified way, a concept I really like and one that the series builds upon.

Neil Druckmann via Collider

Don’t touch my license!

It’s a major change that fans have a hard time accepting, and you only have to look at what’s being said on social networks to see that it’s disturbing. Spores are indeed a grave danger in The Last of Us Part 1, which requires the survivors to protect themselves from the environment at all costs. It also made for a very tense sequence in the game when they stormed the atmosphere in a sort of thick, grainy fog across the screen. Not to mention that some of the infected in the game use it as a weapon, for example by launching spore “pockets”, like Colossi for example. In any case, fans are worried about the changes this adaptation is taking and reaction many. Everyone is waiting to see how the series plans to deal with Cordyceps and the infected. See you later, in a few days.

Series Last of us will land on HBO Max starting January 15th, but sadly still doesn’t have a release date or a platform in France.

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