The Last of Us consisted of the rough-around-the-edges Joel escorting the young Ellie across a post-apocalyptic United States, battling not only zombie-like creatures but human enemies too. It was one of the most critically-acclaimed games released on the PlayStation 3, and won over 240 “Game of the Year” awards along with a host of others. In fact, it was so popular that it was remastered and re-released for the PlayStation 4.
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The Last of Us 2: Rumours
So, with The Last of Us being such a popular game, you’d expect a sequel to be on the cards right? Well when Naughty Dog’s creative director Neil Druckmann spoke to fans on a Reddit AMA last year, he said that he thought a sequel had a “50/50” chance of being made.
"We just wrapped up Left Behind, and Bruce Straley, the game director, and I have been doing this for over four years now. So it's just time for a break, and to recharge the batteries," Druckmann told Eurogamer last year. "We have started brainstorming some stuff. To be honest, some of them are sequel ideas, and some of them are brand new IP - we've spent the last few weeks brainstorming new IP.”
With that being said, no one was holding their breath for a sequel - until now. It appears that Naughty Dog collaborator Nolan North has said that a The Last of Us sequel will be made. After being questioned by a fan at Metrocon 2015 about whether he would be working on any projects after Uncharted 4, North said “Not yet, I know they’re doing The Last of Us 2.”
Don’t get your hopes up too quickly though, as Troy Baker (Joel), lead actor in The Last of Us has also weighed in on North’s comments. Speaking at a panel at Indy PopCon last weekend, he said that he knows nothing of a sequel to the game.
“I know nothing. I don't know if we're gonna do another one or not. If we do, then I trust Neil [Druckmann, creative director] and Bruce [Straley, game director] and everyone at Naughty Dog to tell a story that needs to be told,”
However Baker did remark that if a sequel was made, he would be interested in revisiting the years following The Last of Us’ prologue, saying “You know, spoiler, when you go from the prologue and then credits and then cut to 20 years later, you see a completely different guy,”.
It seems as though we’ll have to wait for a while to see if The Last of Us 2 rumours have any truth to them, as Naughty Dog are busy developing Uncharted 4 for general release in 2016.
The Last of Us 2: Videos
Nolan North confirming The Last of Us 2 is currently in production at Metrocon 2015 (around the 1:06:25 mark):