Earlier this week, The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog announced that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was renaming its annual “Outbreak Day” (the date where the deadly fungal infection hit critical mass in the Last of Us universe) to “The Last of Us Day.” While the date has grim meaning in the world of Joel and Ellie, in our world, September 26 has been used by Naughty Dog and its community to celebrate the franchise.
As part of this year’s celebration, Kojima Productions’ renowned artist Yoji Shinkawa, best known for his work on the Metal Gear franchise and Death Stranding, released a stunning piece. You can see his art above, and if you like it enough to want to make it your wallpaper you can download the full-resolution version, formatted for either your phone or desktop, here. In addition to Shinkawa’s piece, Mondo has announced new The Last of Us Part II posters featuring Ellie and Abby, as well as a special vinyl soundtrack release.
Naughty Dog was also busy in its preparations, creating a new dynamic theme featuring the game’s beach, a cosplay guide for Abby, and even a ton of hilarious reaction GIFs featuring the characters of the games.
Other highlights from The Last of Us Day 2020 include the previously announced board game being in development, new merchandise in the PlayStation Gear Store, new clothes from Graph, and new statues from Gaming Heads and Mamegyorai. To join in the festivities, you can head here for the full slate of The Last of Us Day promotions.