Naughty Dog Rebrands ‘Outbreak Day’ In Light Of COVID-19 For The Last Of Us Fans

Every September 26 for the previous seven years, The Last of Us followers joined Naughty Dog in celebrating an unimaginable PlayStation expertise. This yr, nonetheless, a key change is being made to the title of this annual celebration in gentle of COVID-19. 

Previously, this date was secured as Outbreak Day given the character of an infection inside the recreation universe itself. With the variety of deaths attributable to COVID-19 on a worldwide scale with many areas nonetheless removed from the purpose of containment, the crew over at Naughty Dog needed to make a change out of respect. 

No longer referred to as Outbreak Day, each September 26 from right here on out will likely be referred to as The Last of Us Day. Short, candy, to the purpose. No confusion on the sport being celebrated, no correlation to real-life occasions which can be nonetheless presently in progress. 

Naughty Dog took to Twitter to relay the change, saying that because of the nature of this yr’s occasions and the continuing points surrounding COVID-19, that they “didn’t feel right continuing on under the Outbreak Day banner.” 

The firm added, “While the name and the date are rooted in the fiction of the game, September 26 means so much more than lore. It’s about showing our appreciation to our fans.” 

Previous years celebrating the Last of Us franchise included gross sales on merch, recreation reductions, fan tributes, and a lot extra. This yr, Naughty Dog is celebrating the launch of The Last of Us Part II and teases “a lot of exciting things planned and we can’t wait to share them with you in just a few days.”

New DLC? We can dream, Harold. 


The Last of Us Part II is out there now on PlayStation 4. Thoughts on the title change and their reasoning behind it? Thoughts on the Naughty Dog sequel? Shout them out loud and proud within the remark part under!

[Source: Twitter]

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