Neil Druckmann on how 'The Last of Us' became a haunted house at Universal Studios

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A preview of the Universal Studios Hollywood haunted maze inspired 'The Last of Us,' the hit video game that became a television sensation. 'The Last of Us' is a centerpiece of this year's Halloween Horror Nights.

“I was hopeful,” Druckmann says, when asked if he truly thought his tweet could result in a maze at the parks. “This was two years ago, and ‘The Last of Us’ had been pretty successful at that point. I have hundreds of thousands of followers, and even though Twitter can be a toxic mess, I just hoped it reached the right person.”

Don’t expect the maze to go that deep, as its emphasis will be on thrills as well as the burgeoning familial bond between Joel and Ellie, but Murdy says those are among the themes that make “The Last of Us” ripe for further exploration. He points to the game’s harrowing opening moments, when Joel loses his daughter at the start of a pandemic, as a scene that has forever stuck with him.

Expect plenty of callbacks to the game. In-game collectibles such as notes or a child’s artwork are peppered throughout the space, sometimes on walls and on floors. Horror Nights, which is erected in a few weeks each year, marries a bit of old-fashioned theatricality with theme park trickery, such as a heavily detailed Humvee made of foam and then placed on a track, triggered by guests stepping through nearly invisible light banner placed low to the ground.

Neil Druckmann, writer of “The Last of Us,” inside a haunted maze based on the video game at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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