‘The Last of Us 2′ Update: Director Says Chances of a Sequel Are ’50/50′

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[NOTE: The following news post will contain MAJOR SPOILERS for The Last of Us.]

One of the most talked-about titles of 2013, interest in The Last of Us has remained high – months after release. Last week (at the time of this writing), fans were treated to the short but sweet DLC, “Left Behind” – a prequel story that followed Ellie and her best friend Riley long before the core Last of Us campaign narrative. The add-on was a welcome return to Naughty Dog‘s post-apocalyptic world but with nothing but one more multiplayer DLC pack in the pipeline, Sony gamers have been eager for confirmation that the studio would, eventually, develop a Last of Us sequel.

Despite solid sales numbers and critical acclaim, The Last of Us 2 (or a non-Joel and Ellie spinoff) isn’t guaranteed – due to the studio’s priority for quality storytelling (over easy profits). In fact, according to The Last of Us creative director, Neil Druckmann, there’s only a 50/50 chance that Naughty Dog will ever revisit the budding franchise.

Responding to Naughty Dog fans in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything), Druckmann delivered the controversial news. Answering the question, “How good are the chances of us entering the world of The Last of Us again?” Druckmann stated:

“If you’re asking about a sequel … right now I’d say it’s 50/50.”

Those odds shouldn’t come as a total shock, given that two weeks back, he revealed that the studio was brainstorming ideas for both a Last of Us sequel as well as a new IP.

“We have started brainstorming some stuff. To be honest, some of them are sequel ideas, and some of them are brand new IP — we’ve spent the last few weeks brainstorming new IP. So we have to get some good steps and see… It’s kind of like how we approached Left Behind. Can we tell people a story that’s really worth telling, and that’s not repeating itself? And if we can’t, where can we get inspired — what is something that’s really going to challenge us, and push storytelling in this medium forward?”

The Last of Us Screenshot infected runners

Based on Druckmann’s prior comment, it sounds as though the story (and game) that is most exciting to the team will get the green light. After all, the mature subject matter and literary tone featured in The Last of Us narrative won’t be easy to reproduce without a clear direction for how the story (and gameplay) can evolve – and it would be a shame if Naughty Dog forced out a sequel that undercut the impact of Joel and Ellie’s original story. In the past, Druckmann even suggested, in speaking with the PlayStation Blog, that while Joel and Ellie would live-on beyond The Last of Us story, their journey had come to a satisfying end:

“I think the world is ripe for more stories, but as far as the journey Joel and Ellie go on 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.”

Still, even if the we never get a Last of Us sequel, fans shouldn’t expect Joel and Ellie to disappear entirely – because Druckmann would love to see the characters make the jump to another medium:

“I miss them [Joel and Ellie] dearly. I’d love to see them again–maybe in a different medium? We’ll see.”

Gamers who have been following Last of Us news should make the connection that Druckmann is likely talking about a movie – especially since Sony is rumored to be in the early stages of development on a film adaptation. Yet, the very fact that the publisher is planning a potential big screen retelling for Joel and Ellie would, without question, add pressure on Naughty Dog to expand The Last of Us series beyond a single game. Given that a Last of Us movie won’t be out for several years (at least), it’s hard to imagine that Sony would pass on the chance to direct increased branding awareness among moviegoers back toward the game division – meaning that a movie release would be the perfect time for a fresh next-gen Last of Us game to hit the market. Sony did register sequel domains – though they could just be covering their bases.

The Last of Us Live Action Trailer

Since a film hasn’t even been announced (and may never be produced), there’s still reason to believe we’ll never see a Last of Us sequel – especially if the developer’s new IP is even more successful than their last. Yet, would Naughty Dog really give up on The Last of Us entirely? Despite Druckmann’s current estimation of a 50/50 chance, it’s hard to imagine we’ll never get a sequel (or at the very least a spinoff without either Ellie or Joel).

Nevertheless, what could Druckmann have in mind for a future Last of Us installment?:

“There are clickers as big as buildings. Also you have lots of new gadgets and weapons (more lasers!). Oh and Ellie can now control the infected with her new powers. We’d also probably dive into the government conspiracy of creating a secret weapon that broke loose and that’s how the outbreak started. There’s probably a shadowy secret agency in all this that you find out Joel has been a member of this whole time (that’s why he came home late in the prologue!)”

Given the grounded approach to The Last of Us (this isn’t the Dead Rising series after all), the director is clearly teasing fans with such an over-the-top response – one that draws heavily from cliches of the zombie genre.

As a result, whether there’s actually a 50/50 chance we’ll see a Last of Us sequel (or not), there’s one thing we can be 100% sure of right now – whatever Naughty Dog is planning, Druckmann is not yet ready to offer concrete details.

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The Last of Us is available now exclusively on PS3.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick.

Source: Reddit [via Kotaku] and PlayStation Blog

TAGS: Naughty Dog, PS3, PS4, Sony, The Last of Us

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  1. I have a feeling im gonna be waiting a really long time till they make another last of us game or even movie =(

  2. I loved this game. But I also don’t mind it being open ended. Who needs a sequel to ruin things? I like the thought of this being a standalone game.

    That said, I’d have no qualms preordering a sequel, but would be more than content with it being a standalone.

  3. No sequel. Ellie knew Joel was lying at the end and accepted it. The two of them found what they both required and should be allowed to live in our minds in that town happily ever after. They both earned it.

    • I think your right in what you said but the sequel doesn’t have to be about Joel and Ellie it could be about totally different people at different times.

  4. HERES AN IDEA NAUGHTY DOG… Why don’t you pick up where the story left off with an little older version of [Ellie] along with joel and tommy…. Build a story on that… then have Ellie turn at the end and then joel gets to shoot her. Although, that would upset fans…OR you could have ellie at the end actually killed by the a new leader of the fireflies.. and actually harvest a cure from ellie’s brain and call it quits.

  5. But overall bring on the SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I adored, loved, and cherished the game it was spectacular in my own opinion and im definitely open to any ideas the naughty dog has in store. I’m really praying and hoping that you guys would make a sequel since naughty dog did win the best game of the year. I found it on youtube, so WHY NOT? WHY THE 50/50 if you guys WON!! Honestly, there shouldn’t even be 50/50 after that statement you guys should go for it i’m 100% all for a LAST OF US 2 and i’m sure the rest of the fans are to!

    • 50/50 because yes,they made a very good game, but it’s very hard to make a sequel with out ruining the first story. You see, they have to script it so that it fits nicely with the original story, and they are very serious about this.

      • your right making a sequel is a big chance of ruining it, and it would upset a lot of people but I wouldn’t mind cuz I want a complete ending , open endings drive me insane xp .. I kept making story’s in my head .
        if Ellie didn’t know Joel was lying to her what would she do >> stick with him no matter what or run away to turn herself in to the fireflies , what is Joel’s reaction to whatever Ellie would do ? what happens to tommy’s little family ?
        is bill still alive ?
        making a sequel to answer all these questions would be great ..

  6. I think if naughty dog makes a sequel to The last of us (in witch i hope they do) it should be based on ellie in her late teens or early twenties trying to find out what REALLY happened with the fireflies

  7. Just another day where game developer says there will be no sequel but we will see it without a doubt.

  8. i want to see an Infected being a new charater.

  9. What if they make a story about Tommy, and how he ended up in that settlement?

  10. I would go with Nicole, they should start from were they left off, I would very much like seeing Joel and ellie I. The next game pleeeeeaseee make a sequel

  11. Although the ending was a moment of ahhhh… finally we can rest! It would me AMAZING to have a part 2 to this game. The graphic details, story and so many more aspects about this game are wayyyyy to amazing to just leave it in 1 game. I would loveeeeeeeee to see a part 2 or even 3… Honestly i can’t get enough of “the last of us”! The content of this game are too rich and good to just let it go. WOuld love to see more action overall.. not to say the game itself didn’t cause it did. THis game is as addicting as the walking dead hands down.
    SO PLEASEEEEEEE MAKE A PART 2!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  12. I’m admired that in this world there are still big companies wondering if earning monies it’s worth the risk of ruin a good work. really T_T anyway I’d like to see a sequel, but I think it’s better to let i t be like this and many years from now it’ll still be remembered as one of the best games ever made. Moreover, I dislike the idea of a s***** film.

    sorry for the bad english

  13. Hope so much there will be a part 2 this is by far my favorite game and the best one I’ve played in a long time! Please make part 2! The Last Of Us Rules!!!

  14. I f*cking loved The last of us please make more! I Loved Ellie
    And i love all of it make a part 2 pleasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssseah!!

  15. I got a really good story for the second last of us just send me a msg on face book named HUNTER LEIBRANT and ill tell you my idea

  16. They should make a sequel following the fireflies

  17. I think for the last of us sequel you should focus on Joel and tess and maybe Joel’s brother in the 40 years it skipped in the campaign and maybe also link in Ellie and Marie and then in the third one either continue the story from the first one or maybe do it on another persons perspective like maybe someone who lived in the city and it has flashbacks on how the disease got out in the first place or just do it on a fireflies prospective.

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