Those who own The Last of Us on PlayStation 3 will have to pay full price if they want to get the game's remastered PlayStation 4 release, with Sony confirming today that there would be no upgrade offer.
In a comment on PlayStation Blog Europe, Sony's Fred Dutton responded to questions about a reduced price for owners of the PS3 version by saying, "Alas, there is no upgrade discount." This was echoed by Sid Shuman on PlayStation Blog US, who said that there would be "no upgrade path." All DLC, however, will be Cross-Buy, and will only need to be purchased once for access on both PS3 and PS4.
When PlayStation 4 first launched last year, a number of cross-generation games that had previously come out for PlayStation 3, like Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Injustice: Gods Among Us were available to those who already owned the previous generation versions for drastically reduced prices - in most cases, around $20. Since the first rumours of The Last of Us Remastered, fans have been calling for a similar offer, and until recently, Sony had been saying they were looking into it.
In another comment, Shuman confirmed that there would be no pre-loading option for the game, despite it being available for digital pre-order. Pre-loading functionality was introduced with a PlayStation 4 firmware update earlier this year, allowing Sony to make a game able to be downloaded and installed ahead of its release, so that it's ready to play as soon as it becomes available. Without it, those who pre-order The Last of Us Remastered will have to wait until it's released on PSN before being able to begin the download.