‘The Last of Us 2′: Troy Baker Believes Naughty Dog Will Make Right Decision

Published 9 months ago by , Updated July 29th, 2014 at 6:49 pm,

Troy Baker Talks The Last Of Us 2

When it comes to voice actors in video games no one is bigger right now than Troy Baker. He’s the voice of Booker Dewitt in BioShock Infinite, the stock voice of the player character in Saints Row the Third, and the voice of batman in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

Although Baker is a regular at Comic-Con, promoting all of his numerous voice-acting projects, one of his main focuses for the event was the LEGO Batman 3 role. And we were lucky enough to sit down with the actor for a couple of minutes to pick that brain beneath the well-kept hair.

While the majority of our time was focused on LEGO Batman 3, and how much fun it was for Baker to jump back into the Batman role, he did share some thoughts on the possibility of The Last Of Us 2. Read his quote below:

“First of all, if they do it then they have a really strong story to tell and I’ll believe in that. And I think that especially from a pure developer standpoint it’s really expensive to build a world and build assets. So when they say it would be foolish not to [explore a sequel], it’s like guys we’ve got it, you know. Why not use it again? But the thing that I think stands to their credit more than anything is, even as expensive and as hard and everything as it is to build that world, those people are so committed to telling a good story that they will look at it and go, ‘Tear it down we’re good,’ and not go back to it and do something new and push themselves. So either way it goes I’m just excited.”

Essentially, Baker echoes a familiar sentiment shared by fans when a beloved property is in early sequel talks. He believes that if Naughty Dog does decide to make a second game it will be because they have found a story they want to tell, not because they want any more profit or accolades.

At the same time, Baker feels like Naughty Dog is at a place where, if The Last of Us 2 is not coming together the way they wanted, the developer would either scrap the project and start over or abandon it altogether. Either way, Baker doesn’t actually know anything at this point, but he trusts Naughty Dog implicitly.

The Last of Us Alternate Ending Joel

Although the prospect of further exploring Joel and Ellie’s story is intriguing, it feels like fans are mostly split on the idea of a sequel. On the one hand, The Last of Us tells a story — one about the harsh realities of life post-apocalypse — that, while its ending is open-ended, feels complete. But on the flip side that world is so rich and those characters are so dynamic and compelling that gamers would chomp at the bit to jump back into it. As well, Naughty Dog has acknowledged how foolish it would be of them not to explore a sequel, even if they may never go forward with their idea(s).

For now, though, Naughty Dog’s focus is on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Sure, The Last of Us 2 will be in the periphery, but the developer’s focus is clearly on Nathan Drake’s (rumored) last adventure.

How do you feel about Naughty Dog making a sequel to The Last of Us? Do you trust in ND like Troy Baker?

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TAGS: Naughty Dog, Sony, The Last of Us

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  1. N D really needs to make another The Last Of Us 2. DON’T CHANGE THE CHARACTERS PLEASE. I couldn’t play it on ps3 cause I didn’t own one but when it came out for ps4 I got it the first day it came out. Once I was finished with The Last Of Us Remastered I had to keep playing it. Easy, easy plus, normal, hard, survivor, and now I’m doing it on grounded. I would really like it if u made when Ellie was born and keep expanding the story until she meets Joel. When she meets Joel fastforward it when they make it to the last part of part 1 and just keep making the story

  2. Please do make the last of us 2. Have it for both consoles too not just ps4

  3. I think they should make “The Last of Us 2″ and continue the story with Joel and Ellie because the ending sort of sucked. It was a cliffhanger. What happens to them? Do they live happily ever after in a post apocalyptic world? Or do they die, or do they join another group? From my standpoint I’d love it if they joined a group in the sequel, Joel and Ellie, and being new characters I that way. Maybe Joel and Ellie could join back up with Tommy’s group, and the first player could be Tommy, and Joel Ellie and Tommy could roll together. Seriously consider these things. It’s a good idea. :)

  4. I’d love for them to make a sequel, after just playing it for the first time in March 2015 on the PS4, I immediately got hooked to the game looking at its amazing and detailed environments and addictive gameplay for the first time. All of the characters seemed real and likeable. It literally became my all time favorite game in an instant. I’d be very interested in seeing Joel and Ellie again but also exploring what goes on in another part of the world. The only thing I hated about the game was seeing it end. At the same time, I understand if Naughty Dog wants to keep it a stand-alone game.

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