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The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone on PS4 and PS3

Originally released as DLC, the prequel story content will launch as a $10 standalone game later this month.

Sony and Naughty Dog on Friday announced that the single-player expansion for The Last of Us, Left Behind, will be released as a standalone download on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 this month.

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The game will be available on both platforms May 12 for $10. Also on this day, Naughty Dog will lower the price of Left Behind DLC for PS3. The Last of Us Remastered for PS4 already comes with Left Behind.

Left Behind is a prequel to The Last of Us that follows Ellie and her friend Riley. They sneak out of their boarding school and journey through an abandoned, post-apocalyptic mall.

"Left Behind is an excellent addition that gives further insight into the chilling world of The Last of Us and its most interesting character," Tom McShea wrote in his review.

"We realize that most of Naughty Dog fans (sic) will have probably already played The Last of Us and maybe even the Left Behind add-on chapter," Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer said in a post on the PlayStation Blog. "if you enjoyed the games, be sure to tell your friends that haven't played this great introduction to The Last of Us."

In addition, Sony has announced that a 2-hour trial for The Last of Us' multiplayer mode, Factions, is included with the standalone Left Behind game. Should you decide you'd like to buy the full Last of Us game, including multiplayer and DLC, there are upgrade paths available. US pricing is outlined below.

PS4

Full Factions Multiplayer $9.99
Full digital single-player game with Treacherous Territories Map Pack (if you already own the full Factions Multiplayer) $29.99
Full digital single-player game, Factions Multiplayer Mode, and the Treacherous Territories Map Pack bundle $39.99

PS3

Full Factions Multiplayer $9.99
Full digital single-player game with Treacherous Territories Map Pack (if you already own the full Factions Multiplayer) $19.99
Full digital single-player game, Factions Multiplayer Mode, and the Treacherous Territories Map Pack bundle $29.99