The creators of the game were also "moved to tears".
HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us premiered on January 15 and has already received a lot of positive reviews from both fans of the game and those who aren't familiar with the original material. Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann's parents are part of the latter group: they don't play video games, so with the show, they "finally got to experience The Last of Us on their own," as Druckmann put in an interview with Vanity Fair.
But his parents are not the only people invested in the series; the game's developers had also been looking forward to seeing the show and were touched by how it managed to transfer the source:
"They got to see their work realized, I think, to such a beautiful degree, and they were moved to tears," said Druckmann.
Games adaptations are always a target of scrutiny, with fans jealously watching how their favorite game is relayed on the screen. If the creators themselves were happy with the result, it's no wonder that many players enjoy it as well.
With The Last of Us, Druckmann hopes to not only attract a new audience but also change how adaptations are created and received.
"I’m hopeful that our show lands and finds its audience, and we kind of help shift how these adaptations are made."