Naughty Dog Comment On Potential “The Last Of Us” Sequel – TheSixthAxis

Naughty Dog Comment On Potential “The Last Of Us” Sequel

It’s safe to say that I, personally, like pretty much everyone I know, adored The Last Of Us. In a rambling three and a half thousand word review I attempted to explain why without giving away any spoilers, which was a fair challenge. Suffice to say that the game redefined the third person adventure genre in my opinion, with superb visuals, great pacing and some clever set pieces, and telling a touching, moving story in the process.

But the story isn’t done, according to Naughty Dog. Fair warning: if you’ve not played (or, indeed, finished) the game, look away now. Click ‘back’.

Still here? Good. Well, you’ll no doubt be aware that – assuming you have seen the game through to the end – that the two main characters make it out alive. And chances are they’ll be back in another game at some point. Kotaku have a nice interview with Neil Druckmann, and he’s clarified earlier comments regarding the story of Joel and Ellie.

“I think the world is ripe for more stories,” said Druckmann previously to the PlayStation Blog, “but as far as the journey Joel and Ellie goes it ends with this game. We were very conscious that we didn’t want to leave this story dangling. If we never do a sequel we’re okay with it, because we told the story we needed to tell.”

As Kotaku point out, this suggests that Joel and Ellie won’t feature in any further games. “I can clarify that quote, because I’ve seen it misquoted,” said Druckmann. “I said this journey for Joel and Ellie is complete. In a spoiler sense, I was referring to the journey with the Fireflies and what they’re after with the cure and all that.”

“We’re not continuing that.”

“But as far as whether we come back to Joel and Ellie or not, or whether we come back to the world or not, that’s all up in the air. I can tell you there are people in the studio that would love to come back to these characters, but the only way we would do it would be if we had something new, something meaningful to say. Because the last thing we would want to do is repeat ourselves.”

Hopefully that’ll mean on PlayStation 4.

27 Comments

  1. Fingers crossed. Next gen of course.

  2. I really think this is one of those games that should be left alone as a single title. The worst thing they could do now is to try and drag it out and weaken the impact it made. If they are set on doing more Last Of Us, which I fully understand and appreciate from a business sense, I think it would be best done with different characters in the same world. There are so many people you come across on the journey both physically and through finding letters and diaries and personally I would rather see another person’s story than Joel and Ellie being chucked back into it and redoing the game over again with a few tweaks and new areas.

    • Agreed. The world, itself, is rich enough to easily contain many other stories. Hell, even some of the characters in the game might make for some splendid DLC this generation.

    • I would love another title in the same world but with different characters. Perhaps the Fireflys but set 10 years earlier.

    • I’d love with another story with Ellie, after she’s an adult. It’s not often that you get such a great character AND so much of their lifetime left to further expound on them. Maybe a romance of sorts; that would be very interesting. I DO know, however, that Joel should be exempt. He has, as a charter, suffered enough for the tale, and he’s rather old to begin with; when Ellie’s an adult, he’d hardly be playable. I’m very glad that they’re leaving the firefly-cure story at an end, because it ended well and with eloquent finality, but I don’t want to see the end of these fantastic characters.
      Naughty Dog is probably the studio that I trust the most when it comes to producing excellent sequels and brilliant stories. I believe that they could make an amazing second game. This isn’t EA we’re talking about, have more faith.

  3. I hope they just leave Joel & Ellie’s story as is. Too much may ruin or take away from the experience of the first game. I’d be happy if they left this as a one off title but if the have to do a sequel I hope it is with different characters in different locations.

    I would absolutely love to see them set the game in the UK after seeing their concept art for a apocalyptic UK from a couple of weeks ago.

    With their next project going to be on the PS4 I would probably prefer a new IP or a sequel to Uncharted.

    On a side note, I love the direction games are heading nowadays. Cinematic, story driven experiences. The Order 1886 is supposedly set up like this. In my opinion, Naughty Dog have played a big part in bringing these types of games to the market.

  4. Ellie + Joel should just make a cameo in a sequel. I dont want Ellie to find out that Joel was lying, i just want them to live happily ever after!

    • A romantic notion and very befitting if they ever followed someone else in the same world. Love it. :-)

  5. @Deehaan1888

    I don’t think much imagination would be needed to set it in this country.
    It’s pretty much already there :D

  6. I completed it last night and loved it. I was happy with the ending and thought that they should leave it there and not make a sequel … and in the next micro-second i realised that a fantastic IP like this can’t not have a sequel! :)
    There are plenty of good characters to choose from in the game to tell another story – and story itself seems important to ND when choosing where to go next with the franchise, good on them!

  7. There will be a sequel, given the reception it has had, I’m sure.

    So, I think we just have to accept that and cross our fingers that they can step up to the plate again. Druckmann’s comments seem to suggest that they simply wouldn’t be happy to retread the same ground, and there are plenty of directions that they can take the plot after the ending we were given.

  8. Finished the game today and loved every minute. Total play time 16.5 hrs. I think four hours of that was me standing still admiring the scenery. That snow! And those giraffes giving me Jurassic Park vibes (probably my favourite part from the whole game – along with the opening scene). And how in the hell did I only get 112/141 collectables? I’m sure I searched everywhere. Guess I’ll have to play this amazing game a second time.

    As for a sequel. I don’t know. I’m confident Naughty Dog know what they’re doing. They haven’t let me down so far.

  9. Maybe they should test the ps4s graphical visual powers to the max & let you play through the eyes of a Clicker! ;)

  10. Hope about a sequel set in a desolate, barren wasteland… The Last of Aus?

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