Naughty Dog Announces Final DLC Grounded Bundle For The Last of Us

Naughty Dog announces their final DLC Grounded Bundle for The Last of Us featuring new maps, a difficulty mode, new survival skills, and new weapons.

Naughty Dog has announced its third and final DLC expansion for their post-apocalyptic game The Last of Us on PS3 entitled Grounded Bundle. This latest DLC is included in the $20 Season Pass and will include new additions for both single player and multiplayer modes.

The Grounded Bundle includes a new extra-hard single player difficulty called "Grounded Mode." It will also include the Reclaimed Territories Map Pack which introduces for new maps: Wharf, Capitol, Coal Mine and Water Tower. Each map is based on areas from the single player campaign and has six new trophies to earn.

New guns and survival skills come with the Grounded Bundle adding four weapons: Specter, Double Barrel, Enforcer and Launcher. The new skills are called Situational Survival Skills and Professional Survival Skills. All players will receive a new gun called the Full Auto Rifle as a free download.

For Non-Season Pass Holders, Grounded Mode will cost $4.99, the Reclaimed Territories map Pack will cost $9.99, the Survivalist Weapon Bundle will cost $5.99, and the two new Skills Bundle will cost $3.99 each.

Reclaimed Territories Maps:
Wharf Set in the rusted-out docks where Joel encountered Robert, the Wharf map features close quarters gameplay, two sniper's nests and a giant boat. It’s full of good opportunities for climbing, flanking, and stealth.
Capitol Set in Boston, the Capitol Map features indoor and outdoor gameplay. It encourages the intelligent use of flanking.
Coal Mine Set in Colorado, Coal Mine is a winter map that’s spotted with abandoned buildings. It’s a spacious map that has long lines of sight and a bridge that’s a perfect perch for snipers. The dynamic snowstorm obscures the view so be on your toes.
Water Tower Set in Lincoln, PA, the Water Tower map features two primary chokepoints for some deadly face-to-face confrontations. It’s mainly an outdoor map with a few indoor areas and some very unique lighting. It might seem open, but it’s really a tight map that’s perfect for close quarters melee.

Survivalist Weapons Bundle:
Survivalist Weapon Bundle The Survivalist Weapon bundle includes the Specter, Double Barrel, Enforcer and Launcher. PSN purchase unlocks this gun for use in your Custom Loadout. Equip in the Purchasable loadout slot, then use in-game parts to buy it during the match.
Specter A silenced assault rifle that’s great if your style is stealth stalker. 
Double Barrel Classic, deadly, double-barrel shotgun. Only 1 loadout point.
Enforcer Highly accurate pistol but will cost you an extra loadout point.
Launcher A weapon that fires small explosives, in the vein of a home-made potato gun.
Survival Skills Bundles:
Situational Survival Skills Bundle Unlock four survival skills that will help you get the best of any situation. This bundle includes Agility, Awareness, Fortitude and Scavenger.
Agility Climb, vault, and move while crouching faster than you could before. At level 3 you are nearly impossible to hear while moving.
Awareness See enemy nametags before they see yours and enemy nametags remain on screen for several seconds when taking fire.
Fortitude Level up this skill and it will help you survive longer as you’ll take longer to bleed out, crawl faster, and have more health when downed. At higher levels you’ll start with an extra health pack, and earn extra parts each time you heal.
Scavenger Automatically pick up ammo and supplies and see increases in drops from enemies with this valuable skill. At level 3 enemies sometimes drop a random crafting ingredient.
Professional Survival Skills Bundle Unlock four survival skills that will make you even more deadly. This bundle includes Gunslinger, Bomb Expert, Executioner and Damage Marker.
Gunslinger Equip this skill to start each spawn with more pistol ammo as you level up the skill.
Bomb Expert Your bombs will explode more quickly and you’ll be immune to the stun of your own smoke bomb as you level up this skill.
Executioner Earn more parts for shiv kills and special executions, and get extra shiv uses every time you craft a shiv.
Damage Marker Automatically mark any enemies you hit and earn double the parts for making.

"The new extra-hard single-player difficulty option called "Grounded Mode" represents the hardest challenge you'll ever face," Naughty Dog says.

"The AI is relentless, smart, and brutal, and survival will be near impossible. You'll earn the Trophy "Completed Grounded Mode" if you're able to finish the game on the new difficulty slider. It just could be one of the most difficult Trophies you'll ever earn," Naughty Dog stated on their blog.

Naughty Dog will also host a special Twitch live-stream of the new DLC on April 24th at 12 noon PDT but has no release date for the DLC at this time. The DLC Season Pass for The Last of Us will be available for four more weeks. After the week of May 13th, it will vanish and you'll have to pay full price for all the game's DLCs.

Published Apr. 16th 2014
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  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Am I the only one unnerved at them including a grenade launcher? They could in theory keep it balanced, but since they seem to be moving away from supporting the multiplayer after this latest batch of DLC, could we be looking at a Resistance 3 Cryo Gun situation here?
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I could see it be unnerving on the smaller maps but not-so-much on the larger maps. Yet I see your point at the same time and I'm hoping it's not a Resistance 3 situation.

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