One of the best-selling video games of all-time, The Last Of Us, featured Salt Lake City as the last destination where the iconic Salt Lake Temple was seen.

Revered as a ‘revolutionary game’, it has sold over 1.7 million copies in its first week and 20 million by October 2019.

The Last Of Us follows the story of Joel, who is a smuggler, tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Elie, across the post-apocalyptic United States. They found out that the girl, Elie, was immune to the infection so they went on a journey to find the Fireflies, a freedom fighter group dedicated to finding a cure.

During the course of their adventure, they found out that the Fireflies fled to Salt Lake City which was converted into a quarantine zone by the military when the Cordyceps outbreak began in 2013. The city was once secured with multiple checkpoints, a medical triage center, and tall concrete walls. It was later abandoned like Pittsburg for an unknown reason.

Mankind’s fate is decided at the Fireflies’ headquarters, Saint Mary’s Hospital, which is across the Salt Lake Temple.

The Sony Interactive Entertainment recently released The Last Of Us 2 last June 19, 2020, and on June 21 the game had already sold over 4 million copies—making it ‘the fastest-selling first-party PS4 exclusive ever’. It is currently 2020’s biggest launch and Sony’s second-biggest.

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Josh Flores is a writer for Moroni Channel. He studies commercial law at De La Salle University and served his mission in Japan.
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