Naughty Dog has announced in a new Twitter post that they are changing the name of their annual “Outbreak Day” celebration into “The Last of Us Day” in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic still happening worldwide.
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) September 22, 2020
Understanding the current situation and mindful of the similarities the game’s events have with real life, the decision to rename the celebration wasn’t done without good reason. Outbreak Day in the world of The Last of Us refers to the events of September 26. 2013 when the fictional Cordyceps Virus reached critical levels and was unleashed upon the world as depicted in the beginning of “The Last of Us”, leading to many victims being turned into fungal zombie-like creatures and humanity being all but wiped out. Naughty Dog made a wise choice to call it “The Last of Us Day” to link it better with the game rather than the global pandemic. as well as tease some new activities and announcements as addressed in their statement:
“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!
Check out our review of The Last of Us Part II, which was released last June 19 and, while divisive, went on to become one of the best-selling PS4 games and the fastest selling PS4 exclusive.