The Last of Us was a big hit for both developer Naughty Dog and Sony’s PS3, being loved by fans and critics alike and garnering many GOTY awards. Naturally thoughts turn towards the possibility of a sequel, as those who’ve played the game know there are plenty of stories that could be explored, even if they don’t involve Joel and Ellie. It seems that the game’s writer and creative director Neil Druckman would agree. He spoke with Eurogamer on the studio’s thoughts, both in terms of a sequel and in starting fresh with a new IP.
Druckman said, “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. 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. So we have to get some good steps and see…It’s kind of like how we approached Left Behind. Can we tell people a story that’s really worth telling, and that’s not repeating itself? And if we can’t, where can we get inspired- what is something that’s really going to challenge us, and push storytelling in this medium forward?”
Two teams work on projects for Naughty Dog at the same time. One has just finished the story DLC Left Behind, while the other is currently working on Uncharted 4 for the PS4. But will The Last of Us be ported to Sony’s newest console? Druckman addressed the possibility of a next-gen port.
“We have such limited resources, and it’s a question of where you put the resources. It’s something where we can have a feel of where the demand is, and where our time is best spent. It’s something that we’ll figure out as we move forward.”
So for now, any thoughts of a sequel would be purely speculative, as it’s just being discussed and not in development as of yet. But at least we do have some more of the game to look forward to, as the story DLC Left Behind releases next Friday, February 14. Stay tuned for more news and keep an eye out for our review of Left Behind after its release.
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