Naughty Dog hopes The Last of Us: Part 2 isn’t the last of it

Even though nobody really knows what Naughty Dog is currently working on, it definitely isn’t The Last of Us: Part 3. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen in the future. While having a nice chat with the people at the Script Apart Podcast, game director Neil Druckmann addressed the possibility of a sequel. Without saying too much about it, he did mention that he already wrote an “outline for a story”.

According to Neil, he and co-writer Halley Gross aren’t the only ones thinking about The Last of Us: Part 3, or whatever the title might be. Apparently, there’s been quite a bit of chatter about it going on at the studio. But that’s as far as plans for a third installment are for now. Starting a big chungus game like The Last of Us isn’t something you just do. Especially because it would be the third game in the series, there are things to keep into consideration. So yes, there’s a plot lying on the shelf somewhere and it would be great if it gets turned into a game someday, but not now.

“We’ve now had two games that I feel speak to something universal as well as telling a very personal story for these characters. With one game, there’s no pattern of what a franchise is. With two games, now there’s starting to be a pattern–now I feel like there are some structural and thematic themes you’d have to stick to if you’re making a third game”.

Druckmann also added that Naughty Dog tends to take its time to explore all the options when deciding what to do next. Even though The Last of Us: Part 3 sounds like a logical next step, there are more franchises to tap into. Plus, there’s always an option to start a new IP. But whatever a studio chooses to do, when you decide to go for it, you really have to go for it.

“I like to fully explore all of those, then look at, like: okay, we have all of these ideas in front of us. As a studio, what do we want to commit to? Because it’s a huge commitment–monetary, time, passion, talent, so you think about all the opportunity costs that come with that”.

Thanks for the update, Neil. Oh yeah, and thanks for getting those quotes, IGN. Without you, I would have had to listen to the full 44-minute long podcast to figure all of this out. To do that, I’d really need to commit to it, which takes time and passion. I have neither…