HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation appears to be doing wonders for Naughty Dog’s own video games. According to numbers shared by GamesIndustry.biz, The Last of Us Part 1 (2022) has resurfaced in the UK charts at number 20 with a 238% spike in sales week-on-week, while The Last of Us: Remastered (2014) managed to fare even better, having re-entered the charts at No.32 with a 322% sales spike. This is said to be entirely thanks to the new TV series from Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann, who wrote the original 2013 game and co-wrote its sequel, The Last of Us Part II.
From a GamesIndustry.biz report:
The biggest riser of the week is The Last of Us Part 1, which returns to the charts at No.20 with a 238% spike in sales week-on-week. The game has been boosted by the new TV series based on the title, which is available to view in the UK via Sky Atlantic.
The PS4 version of the game, The Last of Us: Remastered, also re-entered the charts at No.32 with a 322% sales spike.
“Joel, Tess, and Ellie traverse through an abandoned and flooded Boston hotel on their way to drop Ellie off with a group of Fireflies,” reads a synopsis for “Infected,” the second episode of The Last of Us, which began streaming on HBO Max last night. The episode has already become a controversial one over how the writers handled Tess, a key character from the game played by actress Anna Torv.