Early access to The Last of Us' demo will be given to those who purchase God of War: Ascension upon its release on 13th March.
Naughty Dog's community strategist Eric Monacelli said that those who buy God of War: Ascension won't get immediate access, but rather will simply get early access once it becomes available at a later date. You'll be able to play The Last of Us (demo) from the God of War main menu, once it becomes available. The official statement reads:
"In just a few short months, The Last of Us will launch and put the fate of Joel and Ellie into your hands as they embark on a brutal journey across a post-pandemic United States.
Right now, 7th May 2013 might seem like a long way away, so to help assuage the excruciating wait we have some very exciting news to share with you. We’re announcing today that players who pick up God of War: Ascension will be able to play an exclusive demo of The Last of Us when it becomes available at a later date.
We’ve teamed up with the development crew at Santa Monica Studio to include access to a chapter of The Last of Us in every copy of God of War: Ascension, so you won’t have to wait too long to get your hands on two of the biggest games of the year. You’ll simply have to load your God of War: Ascension disc into your PS3 and find The Last of Us listing on the main menu. There, you’ll find details on how you can access The Last of Us demo, for free, as soon as it becomes available.
We hope you’re as excited about this news as we are and we know what’s likely on your mind now: what will you be able to play? We’ll have more news about what’s in store for you after God of War: Ascension launches in March. We hope your wait just got better!"
When a commenter asked if the demo would be available to everyone else later, Monacelli replied, "We haven't decided on that yet. It's highly possible but this is the way to get the demo the earliest!"
The Last of Us is due on 7th May exclusively on PS3, and God of War: Ascension will be out on March 13th.