The most breathtaking game of 2013 comes to life as a live show

Photo courtesy Naughty Dog

Photo courtesy Naughty Dog

“You have no idea what loss is,” says Joel, the protagonist in the best game of 2013, The Last Of Us.

On July 28, you’ll be able to watch a live stream of the principal actors read select lines from Naughty Dog’s cinematic hit. Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hanna Hayes, and Annie Wersching — the main characters in the game — will take direction from none other than Neil Druckmann himself, the writer and director of The Last of Us. Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla will be on hand as well to play selections from his game score.

Check out the promo trailer below for more details.

The most breathtaking game of 2013 comes to life as a live show

This is a one-time-only performance, staged live in Santa Monica at the Broad Stage at 7 pm Pacific. You can get free tickets to attend (they’re sold out as of this post) on the PlayStation Facebook page, or (like me) you can watch a live stream on Twitch, YouTube, or PlayStation Network’s own Live Event Viewer on your PS3 or PS4.

Naughty Dog uses motion-capture for all the cinematic scenes in its games, with its characters acted out within a sound stage to capture the facial and body motions and emotions. It’s a brilliant process, and the PlayStation exclusive The Last Of Us is a tour de force of the technology.

There will, obviously, be story spoilers at the live event, so if you haven’t played through the game (and you should!), be aware. We’re not sure how it will all fit together, but PlayStation’s own Geoff Keighley is promising some great stuff.

“How this all fits together will remain a bit of a mystery until it happens,” he writes, “but trust me when I say it will be a very special evening.”

I, for one, will be glued to my PS4 on the 28th.

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Rob LeFebvreRob LeFebvre is an Anchorage, Alaska-based writer and editor who has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, Creative Screenwriting, Shelf-Awareness, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef, and send him a cookie once in a while; he'll really appreciate it.

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