In a cunning move, possibly to distract us from all the information being accidentally released, Naughty Dog community strategist, Eric Monacelli has released all the glorious details for the final The Last of Us DLC Bundle through Playstation.Blog.
And, oh my, what a bundle it is!
Four new maps, five new guns (one of which is free to all players), eight new skills and a partridge in a pear tree. The bundle also comes with a slew of new trophies, both online and offline and a brand new difficulty, ‘Grounded Mode’ – which is harder than the current highest difficulty ‘Survivor Mode’. The new difficulty promises to be the ultimate single player challenge, Naughty Dog themselves saying:
“Completed Grounded Mode” might be one of the most difficult Trophies you’ll ever earn.
If, for some reason, you only play the single player game, you can purchase just this new mode on its own for around £3.50 ($4.99). If you own the season pass, you get this mode for free.
Full details, courtesy of Playstation Blog, are below:
Four new maps are taken from areas in the main story mode – surprisingly not featuring a mall setting from Left Behind. The map pack is included in the Season Pass, if you’re not a Season Pass holder, it will set you back around £7.99($9.99).
||Set in the rusted-out docks where Joel encountered Robert, the Wharf map features close quarters gameplay, two snipers nests, and a giant boat. It’s full of good opportunities for climbing, flanking, and stealth.
||Set in Boston, the Capitol Map features indoor and outdoor gameplay. It encourages the intelligent use of flanking.
||Set in Colorado, Coal Mine is a winter map that’s spotted with abandoned buildings. It’s a spacious map that has long lines of sight and a bridge that’s a perfect perch for snipers. The dynamic snowstorm obscures the view so be on your toes.
||Set in Lincoln, PA, the Water Tower map features two primary chokepoints for some deadly face-to-face confrontations. It’s mainly an outdoor map with a few indoor areas and some very unique lighting. It might seem open, but it’s really a tight map that’s perfect for close quarters melee.
Five weapons in total are coming to The Last of Us: Factions, but only four are part of a purchasable weapon bundle.
The fifth is the Full-Auto rifle, aimed at newcomers to the game. Adopt this gun to help turn the tide in battle while total strangers scream ‘noooob’ down your headset.
The Survivalist bundle will cost around £4.50 ($5.99) for non-season pass holders.
|Survivalist Weapon Bundle
||Need more firepower? This is your bundle. The Survivalist Weapon bundle includes the Specter, Double Barrel, Enforcer, and Launcher. PSN purchase unlocks this gun for use in your Custom Loadout. Equip in the Purchasable loadout slot, then use in-game parts to buy it during the match.
||A silenced assault rifle that’s great if your style is stealth stalker. PSN purchase unlocks this gun for use in your Custom Loadout. Equip in the Purchasable loadout slot, then use in-game parts to buy it during the match.
||Classic, deadly, double-barrel shotgun. Only 1 loadout point. PSN purchase unlocks this gun for use in your Custom Loadout. Equip in the Purchasable loadout slot, then use in-game parts to buy it during the match.
||Highly accurate pistol but will cost you an extra loadout point.
||A weapon that fires small explosives, in the vein of a home-made potato gun. PSN purchase unlocks this gun for use in your Custom Loadout. Equip in the Purchasable loadout slot, then use in-game parts to buy it during the match.
Perhaps most excitingly of all, not one – but two – sets of new skills are coming to Factions. Each of the sets contains four new skills; a total of eight new skills to get your heads around and spend your loadout points on! Each set will cost about £2.99 ($3.99) and are, of course, available free to Season Pass holders.
|Situational Survival Skills Bundle
||Unlock four survival skills that will help you get the best of any situation. This bundle includes Agility, Awareness, Fortitude, and Scavenger.
||Climb, vault, and move while crouching faster than you could before. At level 3 you are nearly impossible to hear while moving.
||See enemy nametags before they see yours and enemy nametags remain on screen for several seconds when taking fire.
||Downed? Level up this skill and it will help you survive longer as you’ll take longer to bleed out, crawl faster, and have more health when downed. At higher levels you’ll start with an extra health pack, and earn extra parts each time you heal.
||Automatically pick up ammo and supplies and see increases in drops from enemies with this valuable skill. At level 3 enemies sometimes drop a random crafting ingredient.
|Professional Survival Skills Bundle
||Unlock four survival skills that will make you even more deadly. This bundle includes Gunslinger, Bomb Expert, Executioner, and Damage Marker.
||Equip this skill to start each spawn with more pistol ammo as you level up the skill.
||Your bombs will explode more quickly and you’ll be immune to the stun of your own smoke bomb as you level up this skill.
||If your play style is the higher the risk, the greater the reward, then this is the skill you want. Earn more parts for shiv kills and special executions, and get extra shiv uses every time you craft a shiv.
||Good at hitting your targets? This is the skill for you as you’ll automatically mark any enemies you hit and earn double the parts for marking.
And there we have it! The final DLC promises to be the biggest and best yet. For those of you keeping count, with ALL of this content included as part of the Season Pass – you stand to save a whopping 80% versus purchasing separately.
It’s also worth noting that the The Last of Us – Season Pass will no longer be available to purchase after May 13th, so get it purchased as soon as possible!
No release date has been confirmed for the Grounded Bundle, but it is safe to assume it will come on or soon after that May 13th, 2014 date – when the PSN updates!
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