Update: It's official!
Call it a leak or call it a scheduling error, but the Sony Entertainment Network storefront has just posted a banner for The Last of Us Remastered for the PlayStation 4. That would be the as yet officially unannounced PlayStation 4 remastered version of the hit game from Naughty Dog. While the banner is still up as of the writing of this article, the link that it provides goes straight to a "Page Not Found!" prompt. Ironically, the 404 page states, "It's not you. It's the Internet's fault." Indeed it is, Sony. Indeed it is.
As for what information we can glean from the announcement, there's nothing particularly revelatory. The ad is for a digital pre-order of The Last of Us Remastered, stating that digital buyers will have "Day 1" access to the game. What's only a mild surprise is that the game will retail for a full $59.99 retail price. That makes it comparable to brand new releases like Infamous: Second Son and other AAA titles. That's not to say it won't be deserving of the price tag, but it's a little arrogant of Naughty Dog to put out a rerelease at full price -- with our without being remastered.
Obviously a The Last of Us Remastered launch in the summer would only improve the PlayStation 4's already insanely impressive sales. With Uncharted 4 unlikely to see launch in 2014, Sony needs a big, reliable release. No shade intended, The Order: 1886, Drive Club, etc. The Last of Us is a proven winner and while personally I'm ready for next-gen exclusives, there's no doubt in my mind a remastered version of the instant classic would be hugely successful.
While The Last of Us Remastered's announcement is as-yet-unofficial, this is about as official as unofficial gets. Honestly, if this wasn't an automatic-publish error for a full story meant to go up later today, someone at Sony or Naughty Dog will follow-up with the official announcement as a matter of course now. Sorry guys, the cat's out of the bag. Now all we need is a release date.