Naughty Dog Claims The Last of Us 2 Has 50/50 Chance of Happening

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Naughty Dog Claims The Last of Us 2 Has 50/50 Chance of Happening

The Last of Us AMA

Naughty Dog reveals a sequel to The Last of Us has a 50% chance of happening, and that Sony has given the studio complete freedom if it wants to create a follow-up or not.

While a Brazilian website claims The Last of Us 2 is already in production and is set for a 2015 release, studio Naughty Dog has yet to confirm the sequel's existence other than it's "being considered." As it stands, the chances of us seeing a follow-up is at best, a 50% chance, according to senior studio staff. During an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit, The Last of Us Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Straley fielded questions from fans about the title's DLC, Left Behind, and talks inevitably turned to the much-anticipated sequel. According to Druckmann, there's a 50/50 chance of a sequel happening, stating, "If you're asking about a sequel... right now I'd say it's 50/50."

In the same Q&A session, Druckmann also revealed that even with The Last of Us being a commercial hit for Sony, the publisher is not forcing the studio to develop a sequel and is giving it complete freedom in what it wants to create next. "Sony has complete trust in us. It's really up to us to come up with something that will keep the team inspired for the next several years - which is why we don't take the decision of what we'll work on next lightly," Druckmann notes.

So, there you have it, folks. We might or might not get a sequel to The Last of Us. As someone who loved the action-adventure game, I'm conflicted. On one hand, The Last of Us was just so good that I really want to see more what Naughty Dog can do in the universe; but on the other, it might be the sort of game that's perfect being a "one-off" and letting our imaginations do the rest of the legwork.

Would you want to see a sequel? Or did the game end the way it should and Naughty Dog would just be better off creating a new franchise altogether?

Source: Reddit via DualShockers

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So... they're debating whether the next game should be made based on artistic reasons and not as a money grab?

Madness! Insanity! Cats and dogs raining from the sky! THE END OF DAYS!

Personally, I think going "Mass Effect" on the bit would be the best route (Shepard's story is done. We will not be seeing him/her again but there will be other Mass Effect games set in that universe).

"Last of Us" could do that. The atmosphere is really cool and the enemies are unique enough to franchise this thing. However, they really should stay the hell away from Ellie, Joel, and company. Let's see how the world is doing in...Europe or Australia or Russia or even somewhere else in 'Merica. Just leave their story out of it. It was beautiful and perfect; we don't need to mess with it.

Two questions:
1) Does anyone actually want a direct sequel with focus on Joel and/or Ellie?
2) Does anyone actually want a sequel in the same setting(Note: Setting =/= world)?

MCerberus:
Madness! Insanity! Cats and dogs raining from the sky! THE END OF DAYS!

No no no, you're doing it wrong.

OT: I imagine this could work out, so long as they do the game for the story's sake and not for the money's sake. Time will tell which is which if they decide to go for it.

Goliath100:
Two questions:
1) Does anyone actually want a direct sequel with focus on Joel and/or Ellie? 2) Does anyone actually want a sequel in the same setting?

1) Maybe not. I thought the ending worked well without a follow up.

2) Yes the setting is awesome.

I would love a sequel that has another story to tell in the same setting.

Goliath100:
Two questions:
1) Does anyone actually want a direct sequel with focus on Joel and/or Ellie?
2) Does anyone actually want a sequel in the same setting(Note: Setting =/= world)?

1) Possibly. There's definitely room to expand the story and characters, but the writers would have their work cut out for them. The sequel would have to switch a greater focus to Ellie. Joels story arc is pretty much finished.

2) No. If you've seen one post apocalypse, you've seen them all. The setting didn't make TLoU great, the characters did.

Oh, God no. It was a good game, granted, but it was so crushingly depressing I wouldn't ever want to play it (or another hypothetical entry in the franchise) ever again. There is such a thing as being 'too bleak'.

They're already making another Uncharted. I'd much rather them focus on a new IP instead of working on another sequel. Focusing on a new IP got us Last of Us in the first place, after all.

I don't get it, did I phase into a world where it's somehow acceptable for the few to deny those unheard who might want a sequel to this?, really I must be because either the studio are called money grubbers or have super artistic talent when they follow exactly as they are told to by certain fans.

Or I'm starting to live in a world where we only see 1's to everything, never a 2 or god forbid a 3 to something, but I know out there someone's going to tell me that's wrong based upon personal fact.

With that put out there for now I honestly don't mind if ND made another TLOU since I'm not one to crush what is technically their call and choice.

I wouldn't at all mind another game in the setting - I really thought their take on the zombification of the world was a pretty interesting one and there seems to be a lot of "stories left untold" in the whole 20 years later gap they left between Day 1 and picking up with Joel again. Some of anything in that span might make for some really good gameplay - or, conversely, a seriously "Last of Us" with the final surviving human pockets really being all that's left of our species in a Spore People World could be interesting too I suppose.

I would like to move away from Joel and Ellie. They weren't big favorites for me on at the all time favorite characters from video games list - just my personal opinion there, but I also feel that their story is pretty well left where it was left.

If there is a sequel, I'm on board. If there's not, I am perfectly happy with how the game ended. Either way works for me.

Goliath100:
Two questions:
1) Does anyone actually want a direct sequel with focus on Joel and/or Ellie?
2) Does anyone actually want a sequel in the same setting(Note: Setting =/= world)?

Yes on both counts. Some people don't seem to be big on the idea of Joel/Ellie's story continuing because they feel it's 'finished' - which I suppose it could be, if they decide not to go with it, but I think Left Behind showed that it's entirely possible for their story to continue in one way or another. I think what people's concern actually is is that a sequel involving them would have a lot to live up to, and might well pollute their experience with the story as a whole. I get that, but honestly, I think Naughty Dog did a good enough job with things so far that I'm pretty confident that if they go forward with it, they'll do a good job. And damn it, I really enjoyed the hell out of The Last of Us, and I'm still hungry for more. I'd also enjoy a story with new characters in the same setting, but I'd rather see a direct sequel - starting off with new characters in the same setting would be in many ways less impressive than successfully continuing with the characters they already have.

With that said, I think if they're this iffy on wanting to jump into a sequel right away, maybe they should leave it for now, work on something else, and then come back to it in a couple of years. But I'd really hate to see The Last of Us get left behind (a-ha, bad pun.)

If this does happen, and let's be honest with Sony as a publisher it's gonna happen, I may be a bit upset but I won't kill anyone over it. If Joel and Ellie are in the sequel however, continents will burn and cities will sink before my rage is contained.

I am somewhat heartened by this, at least this way if a game gets made it is because there is a story to be told rather than just a pile of money to be generated.

If this were Ubisoft, we'd already have a pair of spin-offs and a sequel in the works.

Its nice to see a publisher not forcing devs to spend every minute of their time on a single IP (glares at microsoft & Activision).

As much as I want to know about the rest of the world (I.E. the actual rest of the world, the origins of the Fireflies, much more of the early days of the infection, etc), Last of Us was so focused on Joel and Ellie that it would kind of defy the point of the game. And the story was disturbingly well told that a sequel will either not be as good, or change too much. I'd much rather ND have the team that works on Uncharted work on Uncharted, and a second team that only makes individual games. No franchises, just single games with no sequels or prequels. DLC...I could give or take. I don't intend on playing Left Behind for a while, and I don't feel like I'm missing out on something by not playing it.

Am I the only one here who'd love to see Naughty Dog do another platformer instead? Something bright, innocent, and unique?

Naughty Dog isn't a one-hit wonder type of developer. Hell, Uncharted 2 was better than it's predecessor in every possible way, who's to say The Last of Us 2 wouldn't be like that? The nature of the "wildlife vs urban areas" art style will make exploring a new locale all the more exciting (and terrifying), and... that's all I have really. Other than improving the enemy AI and possibly moving on to new characters, I don't know what I could expect from a sequel.

I do hope they keep the controls the same though, they were perfect.

I don't see why they need to make a sequel, a sequel would be completely pointless. Don't get me wrong, I loved the Last of Us but I just don't see where they can go from there. The setting, while good, isn't particularly creative and doesn't have a lot of potential for a possible future game in the series. I mean seriously, where else can they go? Another group trying to survive in the world of the Last of Us? So they also have to fight the same Clickers and bandits? Another story set in the same universe would just be treading material that has already been covered. The characters were fantastic, but their story is already told and there isn't much they can go from where they left off. I say best to let sleeping Naughty Dogs lie. It's best for them to either start on a new IP, or possibly a long awaited Jak and Daxter sequel.

Smiley Face:

Goliath100:
Two questions:
1) Does anyone actually want a direct sequel with focus on Joel and/or Ellie?
2) Does anyone actually want a sequel in the same setting(Note: Setting =/= world)?

Yes on both counts. Some people don't seem to be big on the idea of Joel/Ellie's story continuing because they feel it's 'finished' - which I suppose it could be, if they decide not to go with it, but I think Left Behind showed that it's entirely possible for their story to continue in one way or another. I think what people's concern actually is is that a sequel involving them would have a lot to live up to, and might well pollute their experience with the story as a whole. I get that, but honestly, I think Naughty Dog did a good enough job with things so far that I'm pretty confident that if they go forward with it, they'll do a good job. And damn it, I really enjoyed the hell out of The Last of Us, and I'm still hungry for more. I'd also enjoy a story with new characters in the same setting, but I'd rather see a direct sequel - starting off with new characters in the same setting would be in many ways less impressive than successfully continuing with the characters they already have.

With that said, I think if they're this iffy on wanting to jump into a sequel right away, maybe they should leave it for now, work on something else, and then come back to it in a couple of years. But I'd really hate to see The Last of Us get left behind (a-ha, bad pun.)

I just don't get where they can go from the ending of the Last of Us. The Fireflies, the only really unique aspect of the Last of Us, are pretty much dead and so is any hope for some sort of cure. What would the sequel entail? Ellie and Joel fighting off more clickers and bandits? Pull off a "TWD" by killing off Joel and having Ellie take the reigns? I simply don't see where else they can go with this world other than "survive".

Not everything needs a sequel.

Especially not The Last of Us. It really is capable of standing on its own.

Please don't make a follow-up.

While it seems they have the right mindset for a possible sequel, I'm still dubious to the idea in general.
I don't know, I love the game, it's one of my favorites ever. It's really hard to explain...
It was it's own thing and I kind of want it to stay like that.
It's one of those rare things that just perfectly resonated with me, and I selfishly want to keep it an unique experience.
The DLC was fine, it didn't hurt anything I think, being a prequel(/midquel?) and thinking back on it now I do it with almost the same fondness I get when thinking back on the main game, it's not as strong but it's there.
So I guess they could capture that magic once more but I'd rather it stays like this.
Then again if the sequel sucks (or worse, is mediocre) I can just ignore it ever happening.
I'm very good at denial.

captcha: "end of story"

See? Captcha agrees with me.

Reaper195:
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You're not, really. It's mostly fluff filling in some pieces of the story.
Pretty damn good fluff I thought and worth the time in my opinion but it's definitely not something you absolutely have to play.

I hope they don't. I want to see a new Jak or something similar damn it, wish they'd jump off the "we need to do realistic games only now" bandwagon everyone else is on and revitalize the 3D platformer genre.

I don't see a creative justification for doing a sequel. "The Last of Us"'s story was very character-driven and ended with both protagonists being a little older (~1yr), a little wiser, and more fulfilled. What other meaningful character arc is there left to do that can *outdo* that which has already been done? Long open wounds for both characters have been closed in a very spectacular (and wonderfully controversial) manner at the end of the first game.

The only type of story I can see for these characters going forward is "This happens," then "THIS happens," then "THIS HAPPENS AFTER THAT!!!". Just meaningless spectacle. Let Ellie and Joel walk off into the misty sunset, Naughty Dog. Offering more is the same as filling in the ho-hum blanks to a movie like "Prisoners" after the wonderfully uncertain, philosophical ending (**spoilers** logic suggests if Dover is rescued he "spends the rest of his [unrepentant] life in prison, getting fat", which would be boring, but leave it to overzealous sequel scribes to do another "Escape Plan", which is just stupid spectacle).

Alek_the_Great:
I just don't get where they can go from the ending of the Last of Us. The Fireflies, the only really unique aspect of the Last of Us, are pretty much dead and so is any hope for some sort of cure. What would the sequel entail? Ellie and Joel fighting off more clickers and bandits? Pull off a "TWD" by killing off Joel and having Ellie take the reigns? I simply don't see where else they can go with this world other than "survive".

Exactly, from a purely pragmatic perspective, there's not even much left in this world to make a story out of except rehashing the relationship angle between new characters, and how lame is that? OR WORSE! The same characters learning the same lesson twice (as so many sequels tend to do).

Shadow-Phoenix:
I don't get it, did I phase into a world where it's somehow acceptable for the few to deny those unheard who might want a sequel to this?, really I must be because either the studio are called money grubbers or have super artistic talent when they follow exactly as they are told to by certain fans.

Or I'm starting to live in a world where we only see 1's to everything, never a 2 or god forbid a 3 to something, but I know out there someone's going to tell me that's wrong based upon personal fact.

With that put out there for now I honestly don't mind if ND made another TLOU since I'm not one to crush what is technically their call and choice.

Exactly, and they should make a sequel to Hamlet next! I mean, it was just such a good play, right?

tippy2k2:
Personally, I think going "Mass Effect" on the bit would be the best route (Shepard's story is done. We will not be seeing him/her again but there will be other Mass Effect games set in that universe).

"Last of Us" could do that. The atmosphere is really cool and the enemies are unique enough to franchise this thing. However, they really should stay the hell away from Ellie, Joel, and company. Let's see how the world is doing in...Europe or Australia or Russia or even somewhere else in 'Merica. Just leave their story out of it. It was beautiful and perfect; we don't need to mess with it.

That's a good vantage point. Show the same scenario but in another part of the world. I'm hopeful that one day, we'll get a proper story-driven game where it's not always the US that's at the forefront. Imagine, China, Hong Kong, Australia, etc. I don't think gamers are too close-minded that they won't buy it if America isn't the protagonists, no?

Brian Tams:
If this were Ubisoft, we'd already have a pair of spin-offs and a sequel in the works.

Its nice to see a publisher not forcing devs to spend every minute of their time on a single IP (glares at microsoft & Activision).

Don't forget a Season Pass, The Last of Us: Sisterhood, The Last of Us 2: Apocalypse Now and The Last of Us: Revelations. ;)Yep, needless to say, if this was another publisher, they'd force the developer to create a new one ASAP. Can you just imagine if The Last of Us was released on multiple platforms? It lorded sales charts easily with only the PS3...

The Last of Us was very much lightning in a bottle. And Left Behind already showed what happens when they tried to capture more lightning in the same bottle.

This game was Joel and Ellie. So either you continue on with the same characters and retread the same ground, or you focus on new characters and run a tremendous risk of losing the heart of the story.

So please Naughty Dog, just leave it alone.

"Come on children! If you clap your hands long and loud enough, miracles can happen!"

Personally I think the game as it stands is fine as a single title and we should move on to something new.

Alex Co:
Naughty Dog Claims The Last of Us 2 Has 50/50 Chance of Happening

The Last of Us AMA

Naughty Dog reveals a sequel to The Last of Us has a 50% chance of happening, and that Sony has given the studio complete freedom if it wants to create a follow-up or not.

While a Brazilian website claims The Last of Us 2 is already in production and is set for a 2015 release, studio Naughty Dog has yet to confirm the sequel's existence other than it's "being considered." As it stands, the chances of us seeing a follow-up is at best, a 50% chance, according to senior studio staff. During an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit, The Last of Us Creative Director Neil Druckmann and Game Director Bruce Stanley fielded questions from fans about the title's DLC, Left Behind, and talks inevitably turned to the much-anticipated sequel. According to Druckmann, there's a 50/50 chance of a sequel happening, stating, "If you're asking about a sequel... right now I'd say it's 50/50."

In the same Q&A session, Druckmann also revealed that even with The Last of Us being a commercial hit for Sony, the publisher is not forcing the studio to develop a sequel and is giving it complete freedom in what it wants to create next. "Sony has complete trust in us. It's really up to us to come up with something that will keep the team inspired for the next several years - which is why we don't take the decision of what we'll work on next lightly," Druckmann notes.

So, there you have it, folks. We might or might not get a sequel to The Last of Us. As someone who loved the action-adventure game, I'm conflicted. On one hand, The Last of Us was just so good that I really want to see more what Naughty Dog can do in the universe; but on the other, it might be the sort of game that's perfect being a "one-off" and letting our imaginations do the rest of the legwork.

Would you want to see a sequel? Or did the game end the way it should and Naughty Dog would just be better off creating a new franchise altogether?

Source: Reddit via DualShockers

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Given Last of us was an incredibly shit game I hope it doesn't happen.

I don't see a reason to continue with this. I'm not even a big fan of the idea of them continuing Uncharted into the new generation, it should be a new IP each generation, just like they did the last three.

The major thing that I have against it is that Joel and Ellie's story just feels done. It could continue, but it feels unnecessary to do so. As for the setting, I really don't know. Besides the zombies themselves, the entire setting feels like any zombie apocalypse. There are raiders, small groups of civilization, oppressive governments, resistance groups, research into cures, the whole nine yards. It just doesn't in anyway feel unique enough to warrant a continuation into the setting. It's good, but it's not "we need twenty games in this world" good.

As much as I loved The Last of Us, I think it should stand on its own. Sequels will have to have some other reason to exist, Joel and Ellie's part in this has come to close, and placing two other characters in what would be a similar situation will diminish the charm of the original and just have people screaming "cash grab!!!". Nice to see Sony not forcing the issue on this one too.

If they do make another game in the series.....the only way I can see it being possible is to set it in the years between the actual outbreak and where we pick up Ellie. Or later on where the main story left off, but thats something I don't want to see. As much as it pains me to say.

The characters of Joel and Ellie was easily the best thing about TLoU but their story seems in every way finished. Continuing it just feels like the studio would be selling out to milk it for all it's worth. They could do a sequel that focuses on a whole new cast, keeping the same setting - but the setting is basically just "zombies"; not exactly super original. If they can come up with new characters and a new plot that captures me the same way the original does then I'm all for it - otherwise I'd rather they move on to something else entirely.

Goliath100:
Two questions:
1) Does anyone actually want a direct sequel with focus on Joel and/or Ellie?
2) Does anyone actually want a sequel in the same setting(Note: Setting =/= world)?

1.) No.
2.) No.

Stories should end and begin naturally and adding to TLoU in any regard will only water down what we already have.

Make a new inspired IP instead.

I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and the game itself. In my opinion atleast story wise it kept me enthralled the entire time, up to the ending where I had mixed feelings asking myself if I wouldve reacted the same/done the same in that situation. So lets all just leave it to our imagination and let the ending of TLoU be the ending.
Now with that being said, what I wouldnt sincerely mind, would be a prequel to the story as someone above mentioned. You dont know what happened in the 20 some odd years between the intro to the game and the 'proper' game starting up in its time and setting. Now, there are various things in the game that are 'hinted' upon but not fully explained.

So I dont spoil anything, Ill just add the terms 'hunters' and then of course 'Tommy'. You dont get any proper explanation, or discussion of it when they are mentioned because Joel sort of 'shuts off' and doesnt wish to speak about it properly. So to see how Joel went from that situation in the intro, until the beginning of TLoU with Tess etc, that to be honest, is something I would like to see.

Those are my 2 cents, take it or leave it.

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