SANTA MONICA, Calif. — It's just after lunch. Naughty Dog has recently completed work on its latest video game, and the developer's dimly lit office space in Santa Monica is less populated than usual. The quiet is so eerie that it feels like at any moment a zombie could surprisingly spring up from one of the dozens of empty cubicles or lunge out from behind a trophy case.
Fittingly, the game they recently finished is "The Last of Us," a post-apocalyptic, flesh-eating survival drama set for release next Friday for the PlayStation 3. With fewer shoot-'em-up skirmishes and absolutely no treasures to hunt, "Last of Us" is something of a departure for the studio best known for the slick globe-trotting action-adventure series "Uncharted."
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