Video game developer Naughty Dog has changed the name of its annual The Last Of Us-themed celebration event Outbreak Day.
Previously known as Outbreak Day, the annual event is used to celebrate everything related to The Last Of Us franchise but, from today onwards, has been renamed to The Last Of Us Day due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Naughty Dog announced the news in a statement shared on Twitter, confirming that this year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 26th, and the studio confirmed it has lots of “exciting things” planned. The full statement reads:
“For the last 7 years, September 26 has been our opportunity to recognise and celebrate the incredible passion of The Last Of Us community. However, as we thought about the events of the last year and the challenges we all continue to face with COVID-19, we didn’t feel right continuing on under the ‘Outbreak Day’ banner.
“While the name and date are rooted in the fiction of the game, September 26 means so much more than lore. It’s about showing our appreciation for our fans.”
The statement continues: “That’s why, this Saturday and moving forward, September 26 will be known as The Last Of Us Day – a name that not only acknowledges the world around us, but also reflects the growth of the community as we welcome millions of new players with the release of The Last Of Us Part II.
“We have a lot of exciting things planned and we can’t wait to share them with you in just a few days!”
Last year, Naughty Dog released new The Last Of Us Part 2 merchandise, released a free PS4 theme, organised some contests with various prizes, and more. We can expect additional merch and many fans are hoping for an announcement of The Last Of Us Part 2’s multiplayer mode, but we’ll have to wait a few more days to find out.
The Last Of Us Part 2 released June 2020 and, despite the controversy surrounding the game, has gone on to become one of the best-selling PlayStation 4 games of all time, selling more than four million units in its opening weekend. You can read our The Last Of Us Part 2 review here.