April 08, 2013 at 09:30 PM EDT

The Last of Us is set 20 years after a fungal outbreak has devastated humanity and created a plague of zombie-like Infected. Given the current fascination with post-apocalyptic adventures, the game has been an object of fascination ever since mysterious trailers debuted over a year ago. But this isn’t another gritty apocalypse, like The Road or The Walking Dead. The exclusive “Wasteland Beautiful” video below — a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the environments — shows what happens when nature starts reclaiming its territory, as dense foliage has begun overtaking the game’s crumbling cities. The creative team at developer Naughty Dog discusses how light and shadow help create a believable, fully immersive world that despite the devastation, is beautiful in its own eerie way. 

The Last of Us launches exclusively on PS3 on June 14.

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