As part of the promotional drive for new post-apocalyptic PlayStation game The Last of Us, Sony have released a gallery of images of famous British landmarks as they might look years after humanity’s fall, which have been published in The Independent:
Gone are the neat flowerbeds, the clipped verges and the elaborate decor.
After years of neglect, the once glorious Buckingham Palace is now little more than a shell; a crumbling royal residence that looks more like a long-abandoned medieval ruin than the grand home of Elizabeth II.
This is, of course, pure make-believe.
But thanks to the work of computer programmers from Sony’s PlayStation team, we are now able to glimpse how iconic British buildings might look if humanity was wiped out by a pandemic and they were left to rot.
John Hall. 2013. ‘A vision of post-apocalypse Britain? Eerie computer-generated images reveal how UK landmarks could crumble and decay if humanity was wiped out’, The Independent (12 June).