Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have made an announcement regarding Halloween Horror Nights, and it’s one that fans of video game and series The Last of Us will very happy about!
It seems that The Last of Us will be transformed into a haunted house for Halloween Horror Nights this year. The Naughty Dog post-pandemic video game was made into a series that hit HBO Max (now known as Max) in January of this year.
In The Last of Us, main characters Joe and Ellie must navigate their way through a world that has been greatly affected by a virus that transforms humans into various deadly forms of “the infected.” Along the way, they also have to avoid (and sometimes fight) un-infected humans who mean them harm.
As guests make their way through the haunted house, they will navigate the Quarantine Zone, which includes many different locations from the video game. This, of course, will put them face-to-face with terrifying infected.
Naughty Dog Co-President Neil Druckmann said of the experience:
"As a massive fan – and frequent attendee – of Halloween Horror Nights, we are honored to have The Last of Us included in this year’s lineup. It has been an incredible thrill for us at Naughty Dog to collaborate with Universal, bringing the world of the game to life, focusing on even the tiniest details that our fans know so well."
Druckmann said the 10th anniversary of the video game seemed like the right time to bring the terrifying story of The Last of Us to life at Halloween Horror Nights. The haunted house will be included at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Lora Sauls, assistant director of Creative Development and Show Direction at Universal Orlando Resort weighed in, promising guests “a terrifying haunted house that is true to the spirit of this popular video game.”
Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights will begin on Thursday, September 7, and you can buy tickets now. Tickets are also currently available for Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights, which begins on Friday, September 1. Each location will run select nights through October 31.
There are various ticket options and upgrades available for both events, including general admission, Express Passes, R.I.P. Tours, Frequent Fear Passes, and a daytime tour called Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror (available at Universal Orlando).
Universal Orlando offers vacation packages as well, which include one-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights, hotel accommodations and admission to all three theme parks. There are various other perks as well, such as early park admission during the daylight hours and a special entry gate at night for Halloween Horror Nights.
That’s all the info we have for now, but keep your eyes on 1428 Elm for future updates on haunted house themes and other plans for Halloween Horror Nights 2023!