The Last of Us: Escape the Dark Could Be Your Next Tabletop Fix

The Last of Us: Escape the Dark tabletop board game Kickstarter November 8, 2022 Naughty Dog Themeborne

Game developer Naughty Dog and tabletop game creator Themeborne have announced The Last of Us: Escape the Dark, a tabletop game that translates the universe of The Last of Us into a board game using mechanics from Themeborne’s Escape the Dark games. They will be bringing the game to Kickstarter for funding on November 8. It’s strange that somebody like Sony can’t just toss a few dollars their way to fund the whole thing, but the Kickstarter is likely a form of marketing in itself.

Recommended Videos

Fuller gameplay details, in addition to info on an exclusive collector’s edition, will be shared when the The Last of Us: Escape the Dark Kickstarter goes live next week. In the interim, Naughty Dog and Themeborne have shared a couple images, and Naughty Dog also offered the following explanation:

As tabletop gaming fans may already know, Themeborne’s Escape the Dark series values cooperative and easy-to-understand gameplay. Themeborne’s games include some seriously beautiful black-and-white illustrated chapter cards that players work to resolve together, overcoming challenges and creating new paths each time they play so no two games are quite alike.

The Last of Us: Escape the Dark tabletop board game Kickstarter November 8, 2022 Naughty Dog Themeborne

At its website, Themeborne further elaborated that the game will be for 1-5 players, with Ellie, Joel, Tess, Bill, Tommy, and Marlene playable. There will be an “open-world map” that you are trying to survive together, and you will make choices about where to travel, including to familiar game locations like the “Suburbs, Sewers, and University.” Interestingly, each character begins the game with a “Hang-up” that players will try to resolve during the game, which will then unlock the “full potential” of the character. Crafting and weapon upgrading will also be involved, so, gosh, this does sound like a pretty faithful translation of The Last of Us to tabletop.

Stay tuned to the The Last of Us: Escape the Dark Kickstarter on November 8.

related content
Read Article Tron 3 First Look Reveals Costumes for Ares
Read Article Skylanders & Crash Bandicoot Dev Leaves Microsoft, Goes Independent
Crash Bandicoot, an orange cartoon creature with a monster with a gun creeping up behind him.
Read Article Helldivers 2 Players Can’t Believe Who’s Pulling the Strings of the Game
Image of armored soldiers posing dramatically on a rock with rifles in their hands in Helldivers 2.
Related Content
Read Article Tron 3 First Look Reveals Costumes for Ares
Read Article Skylanders & Crash Bandicoot Dev Leaves Microsoft, Goes Independent
Crash Bandicoot, an orange cartoon creature with a monster with a gun creeping up behind him.
Read Article Helldivers 2 Players Can’t Believe Who’s Pulling the Strings of the Game
Image of armored soldiers posing dramatically on a rock with rifles in their hands in Helldivers 2.
Author
John Friscia
Former Managing Editor at The Escapist. I have been writing about video games since 2018 and editing writing on IT, project management, and video games for around a decade. I have an English degree, but Google was a more valuable learning resource. I taught English in South Korea for a year in 2018, and it was exponentially more fun than living in Pennsylvania. My major passions in life are SNES, Japanese RPGs, Berserk, and K-pop. I'm currently developing the game Boss Saga with my brother, which is guaranteed to change your life and you should buy it.