Following months of waiting, The Last of Us Part I finally dropped for PC on March 28, 2023. But the release couldn’t have gone worse for Naughty Dog.
Though the remastered version of the hit action-adventure title for the PlayStation 5 was met with praise when it launched last year, things have been wildly different around the PC variant of the game.
The Last of Us Part I release marred by performance issues
The launch for PC version of The Last of Us Part 1 has been disappointing for fans. Players are complaining about performance issues while playing the title.
On the Steam page of the game, TLOU Part I currently has “Mostly Negative” reviews with many of them pointing out the lack of optimization for the title. This lack of optimization is resulting in frequent crashes and stuttering.
The reviews express the disappointment that players have with the PC port. For some context, game studio Iron Galaxy has developed this port instead of Nixxes, the developer responsible for other PlayStation PC ports.
Naughty Dog responds to the issues
Naughty Dog has already acknowledged the problems faced by the community and the developers are investigating the issues.
The Last of Us Part I PC players: we’ve heard your concerns, and our team is actively investigating multiple issues you’ve reported.
We will continue to update you, but our team is prioritizing updates and will address issues in upcoming patches.
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) March 28, 2023
TLOU Part I already cracked
In addition to the launch issues, reports have emerged about pirates already cracking the game. These pirates just took mere hours to crack the game instead of the days, weeks or even months that it takes for most modern AAA games. According to Denuvo Alerts on Twitter, the collective RUNE which features members from the popular piracy group, CODEX is responsible for cracking the game.
The Last of us Part I PC has been cracked by RUNE (1 Hour after steam release)
(RUNE were a CODEX subgroup for German releases…Look’s like some CODEX guys have returned from retirement) pic.twitter.com/DSHSKg2vKN
— Denuvo Alerts (@DenuvoScum) March 28, 2023
IGN India does not support piracy in any manner and gamers should support game developers for their hard work. Beyond the moral and ethical questions, cracked versions and people trying to pirate games (or even softwares) tend to become easy target for hackers trying to spread malicious software.
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