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On June 14, Naughty Dog's The Last of Us video game arrives exclusively for the PlayStation 3. The developer -- known for prolific games such as the Uncharted and Jak and Daxter series -- aims to plunge players into a post-pandemic world ravaged by zombie-esque creatures running amok because of a viral fungal infection.

In a special reveal, Naughty Dog released some concept images by renowned gaming artist John Sweeney that inspired the apocalyptic world featured in the title. The highly anticipated game took home numerous accolades (and "Best of" awards) from gaming and technology news outlets at E3 2012.

In this first image, we see a vision of Joel, the main protagonist, making his way through a long-abandoned Boston subway terminal. Judging by the shattered glass and general sense of disarray, it appears great chaos took place in this scene. Hopefully he has enough battery life left to keep the flashlight running.

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Caption by / Photo by John Sweeney/Naughty Dog

The primary objective for those playing The Last of Us revolves around ushering a young girl known as Ellie across the U.S. to safer pastures. In this conceptual image, we see Ellie alone near Interstate 90, which stretches from coast to coast. Kudzu and other weeds grow in abundance in this deserted area, while several wrecked and abandoned cars lay on the roads.

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Caption by / Photo by John Sweeney/Naughty Dog

Here’s an actual in-game screenshot from The Last of Us -- a scene directly inspired by the art in the previous slide.

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Every second counts when you're about to die. In this hectic scene, it seems apparent that matters most in a survival game may not be your own skills, but rather what your allies can do for you.

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In this concept image from The Last of Us, Joel and Ellie carefully explore a blown-out hallway.

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You might cringe at the sight of this infected male humanoid from The Last of Us. In the video game, he'll attempt to capture Joel and Ellie, as well as spread a fungal infection anywhere he goes.

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A conceptual image from The Last of Us teases what players may see before they die at the hands of an infected humanoid.

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A female infected humanoid, perhaps in a later stage of disease, appears far worse -- or maybe better -- off than her male counterpart.

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Want to open the door? Well, you’ll have to get past this infected humanoid who's become a part of the entrance in this nightmarish concept drawing from The Last of Us.

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Just a few days ago, our sister site Gamespot had a chance to play "The Last of Us," and you can preview a part of the game in the video below:

Caption by / Photo by John Sweeney/Naughty Dog
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