Nolan North has claimed that Naughty Dog is working on a sequel to The Last of Us.
The comment was made during a panel talk held at Metrocon 2015, which a member of the audience recorded and subsequently uploaded to Youtube.
North is currently working with Naughty Dog on Uncharted 4, reprising his role of Nathan Drake. Uncharted 4 isn’t due out until next year, though it’s likely that North’s contribution to the game will be finalized long before the game hits shelves. When asked by a member of the audience if he knew what he would be working on after Uncharted 4, North replied: “Not yet. I know they’re doing The Last of Us 2.”
This may come as a surprise to some, considering that The Last of Us ended pretty definitively; but that doesn’t preclude a sequel – or even prequel – from being set in the same world, with a new cast and narrative.
In fact, Naughty Dog has been thinking about a sequel for some time. During a Reddit AMA last year, The Last of Us‘ creative director Neil Druckmann said that the chances of a sequel we about “50/50”.
Troy Baker, who voiced Joel in The Last of Us, says he knows nothing about plans for a sequel, however. Baker’s comments came during a talk at Indy PopCon over the weekend.
“I know nothing [about a sequel],” Baker said. “I don’t know if we’re gonna do another one or not.”
Baker went on to share some of his thoughts about what he’d like to see in a sequel, stating that he’d be interested in exploring more of Joel’s backstory and life during the 20-year period between The Last of Us‘ prologue and main narrative. “When you go from the prologue and then credits, and then cut to 20 years later, you see a completely different guy,” he explained.
We actually have two reviews of The Last of Us on Continue Play, and they differ rather dramatically in their evaluation of Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic epic.
Anthony McDonald loved it, awarding the game with an “essential” 10/10 in his review and saying that The Last of Us “will surely be the title that many look to in future when asked to name the definitive PlayStation 3 game.”
But Nic Bunce was less enthused when he reviewed the remastered version of the game, awarding it a (still great) score of 8/10. His criticisms were aimed mainly at the re-released version’s lack of new content and technical shortcomings rather than the game’s narrative or cerntral gameplay, but Nic didn’t feel that there was enough of an improvement over the original game to justify a second purchase.
“Naughty Dog may have taken a beautiful game and made it prettier,” Nic wrote in his The Last of Us Remastered review, “but they haven’t made it any more than what it already was.”