The Last of Us is the next video game to get its own board game adaptation. Naughty Dog has announced a partnership with Themeborne – the creators of the Escape the Dark series – to create a tabletop game titled The Last of Us: Escape the Dark.
Escape the Dark is a series of cooperative board games featuring black and white illustrated chapter cards that players work to solve together. Themeborne’s version of The Last of Us will see 1-5 players take control of Ellie, Joel, Tess, Bill, Tommy or Marlene as they try to get to safety while exploring an open world map.
Gameplay features familiar locations from the original Last of Us, including suburbs, sewers, and the university, and a mix of human and infected enemies. You can take a first look at the board game below, which shows the picture cards.
The Last of Us: Escape the Dark (Courtesy of Naughty Dog/Themeborne)
The board game’s Kickstarter campaign begins on November 8. Naughty Dog said fans will get a closer look at the game and have the option of getting a Collector’s Edition when the campaign goes live.
The Last of Us: Escape the Dark is the latest in a series of reveals for Last of Us fans. Naughty Dog released a remake of the original game this year in the form of The Last of Us Part I, and the series The Last of Us HBO is apparently coming in January. Then there’s The Last of Us multiplayer project, which received a small teaser last summer.
For more on video game board and card game adaptations, check out the recently revealed Lightning card for the Final Fantasy TCG. Or check out the upcoming Elden Ring: The Board Game from Bandai Namco and Steamforged Games.
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