Report: The Last of Us 2 Is Under Production For 2015 Release

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Report: The Last of Us 2 Is Under Production For 2015 Release

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Well-known Brazilian website "Omelete" claims that a The Last of Us sequel will hit PS4 in 2015.

The Last of Us, Naughty Dog's latest effort and one of the undisputed best games of 2013, may have already have a sequel in the works, according to Well-known Brazillian website "Omelete". The website claims that "The Last of Us 2" is already in production, and will be released in 2015 for the PlayStation 4.

You may recall that The Last of Us' development overlapped with Uncharted 3, causing the developer to split into two different teams. If a sequel is planned for 2015, it would be most likely that the other Naughty Dog team is working on it, and has been at least for a few months.

Omelete is quite a reputable website in Brazil and really has no reason to lie, but its source is cited as an "anonymous insider," and we all know how they can turn out. I would take this one with a grain of salt for now, especially considering Uncharted 4 is reportedly also in the works for a PS4 release next year.

Left Behind, the first piece of story DLC will release for The Last of Us next month, and will help expand the game's backstory.

A full-fledged sequel starring Joel and Ellie seems a bit odd considering the first game's rather definitive end, but another story focusing on different characters in the same universe would certainly fit the bill.

We have contacted to Sony, which told us in a canned PR statement:

"Thanks for reaching out. However, we do not comment on rumor or speculation."

Source: Omelete via NeoGAF

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If it's anything like the Uncharted sequels it'll be the exact same plot in a different, slightly prettier location and with enemies from a different European nation.

I hope to God it focuses on a different crowd of people. I can't stand the idea of cheapening an experience like this with a sequel.

The ending to TLOU was pretty good I thought. I don't really think it needs a sequel and will just cheapen the ending to the first one.

If they are making a sequel they're not going to ditch Joel and Ellie, they're too popular. They'll likely have it take place farther into the future, maybe even 20 years to correlate with the first game, and have you take control of a 34- year old Ellie as she guides a 67-ish-year old Joel across the wasteland after Tommy's settled gets destroyed or something. Or maybe Joel croaks and they'll give you another kid to look after.

At least, that's the only way I can see a sequel with the same characters working.

I knew it was coming, and I wish it wasn't, so please don't fuck this up, Naughty Dog.

Still have yet to play TLoU though the reaction to it's ending seems to be "full closure", "it's great", "brilliant closing point" and so on, so this sucks I guess. Have Naughty Dog been known to make many changes between sequels? I mean storywise. The Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted series may as well be the same games repeated 3 times in terms of story.

If true, this is fantastic news, PROVIDING the story focuses on some other poor losers in the hellish post-apocalyptic world. The first game ended it's story perfectly in my opinion and while I can see there is a certain amount of freedom to write about Ellie dealing with Joel's lies, I don't think resolving that one way or the other will be an improvement over ambiguity.

Shocksplicer:
If it's anything like the Uncharted sequels it'll be the exact same plot in a different, slightly prettier location and with enemies from a different European nation.

Agreed. I've seen The Road with Viggo Mortensen. Good movie. Played TLOU. Overrated in my opinion.

Kinda gettin sick of games with plots that parallel movie get critical acclaim for "amazing stories." Especially when they aren't mechanically up to snuff.

Who the hell had a single shred of doubt about sequel? Naughty Dog is going to milk the shit out of its new cash cow, thats how it works in the 21st century.

Steven Bogos:
Report: The Last of Us 2 Is Under Production For 2015 Release

You may recall that The Last of Us was made by a secondary Naughty Dog team, as its development overlapped with Uncharted 3. If a sequel is planned for 2015, it would be most likely that the main Naughty Dog team is working on it, and has been at least for a few months.

Edit: Nevermind. Splitting hairs.

Good work Naughty Dog, suck all the cash you can out of this inferior franchise so you can use it to make more Jak & Daxter games. That's what you're doing, right? It better be.

Hawkeye21:
Who the hell had a single shred of doubt about sequel? Naughty Dog is going to milk the shit out of its new cash cow, thats how it works in the 21st century.

^-- these be my sentiments.

In this industry, you seldom get to make an artistic statement. If you create a game that is both a critical and financial success, you're going to have thousands of investors beating down your door to make another one, and they won't be interested in "but it's already a compact story" as an excuse for why you shouldn't.

AzrealMaximillion:
I've seen The Road with Viggo Mortensen. Good movie. Played TLOU. Overrated in my opinion.

Kinda gettin sick of games with plots that parallel movie get critical acclaim for "amazing stories." Especially when they aren't mechanically up to snuff.

By that logic, why would a movie based on a novel (McCarthy's The Road) be more deserving of praise for the originality of its story than a game that might be inspired by the same novel?

I don't want this, if so no other reason than 'The Last of Us 2' is an even sillier name than Final Fantasy X

A sequel starring the same characters is basically crapping all over any possible artistic credit they've built up. The universe is really an overly generic one, equal to any of the billions of apocalypse settings (Complete with everyone but the main characters inexplicably becoming complete sociopaths).

I don't really see this working out well for them. The main strength of the game was the actor's performance, and if they reuse the characters, they're already wobbling out on a weak base.

CloudAtlas:

AzrealMaximillion:
I've seen The Road with Viggo Mortensen. Good movie. Played TLOU. Overrated in my opinion.

Kinda gettin sick of games with plots that parallel movie get critical acclaim for "amazing stories." Especially when they aren't mechanically up to snuff.

By that logic, why would a movie based on a novel (McCarthy's The Road) be more deserving of praise for the originality of its story than a game that might be inspired by the same novel?

Pretty much exactly what I thought when I read that too.

It's also missing the point. It's more about character development and all that jazz than basic things like premise and plot points, otherwise we would have made a handful of books and not bothered with any more. Besides, TLOU is kinda flattered in comparison to other games, it stands out more than The Road which was pretty dull (the movie, it worked much better as a book).

I'm pretty sure most people saw this coming when TLOU was a success. I figure it could work out well if they focused on different characters and got some other decent actors to play them, but I would be very surprised if they didn't keep Joel and Ellie.

First, shocked I am ... no really. I am just completely so shocked you could knock me over with battering ram. However, I am betting it will not have Ellie and Joel in it. Remember what the marking burp is on the Last of Us: Left Behind; they are very clear it is the last story of Ellie and Joel. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/131633-Left-Behind-is-Final-Story-DLC-for-The-Last-of-Us. A few people were taken aback about the wording since this was the first and only DLC for TLOU. A TLOU part 2 without any Ellie or Joel in it does make that marking burp make more sense.

I just hope 2015 is enough time to get it done, I wouldn't mind a 2016 release.

Yeah, no. Naughty Dog has more integrity as a studio and their employees wouldn't do this. Besides, the game doesn't need a sequel.

Please let it not be so... I absolutely adored The Last of Us, but it ended perfectly. Please, please, please let it remain so Naughty Dog and Sony.

I guess I wouldn't be too disappointed if it focused on completely new characters, but... even the thought of that has me a little uneasy.

I really hope it's not true. I loved TLOU but part of the reason I liked it so much was that it was a completely original IP and I thought that having such good sales on a new franchise would encourage ND to try something brand new again. The studio is now so well known and respected, it's at the point where anything they make will get loads of attention.

In any case, I can't see how it would be particularly good. The thing that made the game good was the characters and new gameplay. I'm assuming a sequel would follow some new characters but then we're losing the essence of what was good about the first one. We don't need to see more characters in this world either, zombie/infection apocalypse worlds are pretty much out of good will at this point and the setting was even a big point of criticism for the game.

I would really like it for the team that made The Last of Us to be one dedicated to taking some risks, not just be a second sequel machine.

It's a shame it's going to be a PS4 exclusive. I'm not about to drop $500 for just one game.

Maybe they'll call this one "The Rest of Us", or "The Next of Us."

Hey, that last one sounded cool. Humanity clawing its way out of the apocalypse is always a setting I appreciate.

Ewwwwwww, the first one ended so perfectly. I would've been completely fine with them never touching the property ever again and just making other equally amazing games about other worlds.

Let's hope they don't royally fuck it up.

Soviet Heavy:
Maybe they'll call this one "The Rest of Us", or "The Next of Us."

Hey, that last one sounded cool. Humanity clawing its way out of the apocalypse is always a setting I appreciate.

Call it 'The Last of Me' and have it be about Ellie going bonkers as the last human survivor.

Well if they do make a sequel, I hope they finally answer my one question...

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ISH!?

Casual Shinji:
If they are making a sequel they're not going to ditch Joel and Ellie, they're too popular. They'll likely have it take place farther into the future, maybe even 20 years to correlate with the first game, and have you take control of a 34- year old Ellie as she guides a 67-ish-year old Joel across the wasteland after Tommy's settled gets destroyed or something. Or maybe Joel croaks and they'll give you another kid to look after.

At least, that's the only way I can see a sequel with the same characters working.

I knew it was coming, and I wish it wasn't, so please don't fuck this up, Naughty Dog.

I was thinking along those lines too. Play as an older Ellie, kill Joel off near the beginning, have him apologize for the last line from the first game as his final act, have her admit that she knew all along, and make the game focus on what happens to Ellie post-Joel. She'd be old enough she might even have a child by that point, if you really want to hold onto the "escort a child" part.

I really don't understand why people react so negatively towards this. The only sequel I wouldn't want is the further adventures of Joel and Ellie and I think it's highly doubtful that will happen.
Yes, the ending was spot-on (for most people) but making a sequel about different characters with a completely different story doesn't ruin or cheapen the first game. Just because Naughty Dog recognises a successful franchise and may want to make some money (like a freaking business would) doesn't necessarily mean they're just going to shit out some half-arsed money-makers every year. They clearly put a lot of heart into The Last Of Us and I strongly doubt that would change for a sequel.
At the end of the day, if you don't want a sequel then don't buy it. Don't even read any reviews or watch any gameplay videos otherwise you're just "spoiling" your own experience for the sake of complaining.

Caffeine_Bombed:
I really don't understand why people react so negatively towards this. The only sequel I wouldn't want is the further adventures of Joel and Ellie and I think it's highly doubtful that will happen.
Yes, the ending was spot-on (for most people) but making a sequel about different characters with a completely different story doesn't ruin or cheapen the first game. Just because Naughty Dog recognises a successful franchise and may want to make some money (like a freaking business would) doesn't necessarily mean they're just going to shit out some half-arsed money-makers every year. They clearly put a lot of heart into The Last Of Us and I strongly doubt that would change for a sequel.
At the end of the day, if you don't want a sequel then don't buy it. Don't even read any reviews or watch any gameplay videos otherwise you're just "spoiling" your own experience for the sake of complaining.

There's two problems when making a sequel with other characters.

1) Joel and Ellie are the stars of the show. Most of the other characters were great too, but Joel and Ellie and their relationship were the main event. Making a sequel without them would feel like it's missing the center piece.

2) Joel and Ellie were the perfect protagonists for us to view the world of The Last of Us. Joel is the hardy, but world weary survivor, and Ellie is the young and eager, but naive protegé. From the beginning onward we get to see through their experiences what the world and humanity has been reduced to. And the way both their arcs finnish perfectly reflects on the surviving remnants of humanity as a whole.

There's no need to revisit this setting with a different set of characters, because Joel and Ellie have already shown us everything we really needed to see.

Undisputed? No, whether or not it was one of the best games of 2013 is definitely disputed (I, for one, hated it). But modern philosophy about games does seem to be that if you find success, you beat that success in the the ground. Well whatever, make one sequel or one hundred sequels. I have no interest in this series ever again (unless they decide to drop the shooting), so what they do with the series from here is irrelevant to me

Huh. Seems I'm in the minority in thinking that there's plenty of room for them to make an excellent sequel and for it to keep the same characters. I mean, absolutely, if they were going to go with different characters, they could make a great game, yes, but just because they made a good first game with wonderful character dynamics doesn't mean that they can't go any further. Have we become so used to the blatant setting up of sequels that we ignore viable possibilities if they aren't telegraphed like crazy? Or maybe it's cause some of you want to imagine them living happily ever after, I dunno.

Just because they've gone through all this character growth doesn't mean there's nothing else for them to do in their lives, ever. Sure, it won't be the same, but then that's a good thing - we want something new that builds on the experiences we've already had, not just to go through variations on a theme. Yes, to do a sequel with the same characters runs the risk of it going wrong and somewhat tainting our opinion of the first game, but to say that you can't make a good story with those characters from where they left off is unimaginative at best and facetious at worst.

But if they do end up going with an entirely new cast, I'll probably also enjoy it - just not quite as much.

The Laster of Us? Or maybe the previous one was The Penultimate of Us.

No. Please don't. As much as I'd like to explore more of the universe of Last of Us (I.E. The origins of the Fireflies, the ensuing weeks/months of the outbreak, what happened outside the States (Seriously, this needs to be addressed in more post-apocalyptic stuff. Does the rest of the world continue to function?), the story was pretty complete. I'd mucher rather ND have one team working on Uncharted, and the other team making high quality, individual games. Never making another sequel or franchise. Just dropping some of the best single games ever.

If Telltales The Walking Dead can pull of doing another season, I will give them the benefit of the doubt. That said, I need to finish the damn game, plus they have DLC story stuff coming as well don't they? I would have thought that would be enough.

Zeren:
It's a shame it's going to be a PS4 exclusive. I'm not about to drop $500 for just one game.

Could say the same for almost any game in existence, it's nothing new when someone hops onto a forum to say that line, it's been said over a million times, it's not going to make ND pander to those that don't have a PS4.

I didn't have a decent PC for years and I missed out on all them so called "juicy exclusives", but now I have one I'm less than impressed and the same could go for the PS4, if you don't have the money then don't buy one, if you don't think it's wroth then look somewhere else.

It's better to look elsewhere than whine about how something should come to you, life doesn't work that way and it never even should.

There is no way in hell we are going to see two Naughty Dog games released in the same year. Omelete clearly just got confused about Uncharted 4, hearing Naughty Dog were making a sequel and connecting the wrong dots.

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