In the world of The Last Of Us, September 26 was the day when the world went to hell. People had been infected by the deadly disease that turned them into rabid fungus-like zombies, and the world as the characters knew it was forever changed. Since the game was released back in 2013, Naughty Dog has treated September 26 as its own little holiday, titled “Outbreak Day.” Once again, the company allowed fans to join in the celebration, though there were some changes. The most significant difference from previous years is that the day is now be known as “The Last of Us Day” due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19.
Over on Twitter, they released an official statement about the upcoming fan celebration:
“For the last 7 years, September 26 has been our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the increasing passion of The Last of Us community. However, as we thought about the events of the last year and the challenges we all continue to face with COVID-19, we didn’t feel right continuing on under the ‘Outbreak Day’ banner. While the name and date are rotted in the fiction of the game, September 26 means so much more than lore. It’s about showing our appreciation for our fans.
“That’s why, this Saturday and moving forward, September 26 will be known as The Last of Us Day – a name that not only acknowledges the world around us, but also reflects the growth of the community as we welcome millions of new players with the release of The Last of Us Part II. We have a lot of exciting things planned and we can’t wait to share them with you in just a few days!”
The latest game in the series, The Last of Us Part 2, was released on June 19.