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.