A new Easter Egg has been discovered within The Last of Us, and for many of us, it come as a surprise that it’s gone unnoticed this long, eight years since its release in 2013.
That being said, the “infected ant” Easter Egg, is certainly one of the most obscure (and also bizarre) hidden within the game, and makes it one of the most difficult to find.
The Easter Egg can be found within the prologue, as Sarah walks through the house to find Joel. As someone who played The Last of Us at least seven times previously, I followed the precise steps courtesy of streamer Anthony Calabrese on Twitter, who gives a guide to the Easter Egg, and I’m pleased to say I found it too.
TLOU 1 Easter Egg that I didn't know about before today. https://t.co/0epF55e6Kh
— Anthony Calabrese (@AnthonyCaliber) January 10, 2021
So, the steps to find this Easter Egg are as follows: as Sarah walks from her room, the temptation is to enter Joel’s bedroom, but the trick is to instead go down the stairs. Once you reach the bottom of the staircase, by which point you’d have already heard the explosion from the TV news report, quit to the main menu. Bear with me…
Then reload the game, where you’ll respawn at the same point (this took me two attempts, so ensure you’re on the very last step). Return to Joel’s room and you’ll see on the TV screen, instead of static, an image of an ant infected with the game’s cordyceps virus.
Kurt Margenau, the game designer on The Last of Us was responsible for the ant. “I could be misremembering seven years ago but I think the flip book of the ant was like a default shader test thing, and it appearing is probably me not initializing something correctly. Or it was intentional and I don’t remember. I’m old now.” said Margenau in a Twitter post.
As the one who scripted this sequence.. sounds like a bug tbh https://t.co/AFpFtVwJqu
— Kurt Margenau (@kurtmargenau) January 13, 2021
The Last of Us was released back in 2013, and is available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.