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An Outline for The Last of Us 3 Has Been Written

The Last Of Us 3

It has been reported today that although an outline of the story has been written for The Last of Us 3, Naughty Dog aren’t currently working on a new sequel. However, TLoU2 director Neil Druckmann has commented; saying that he hopes it will, “one day see the light of day.”

Druckmann appeared on an episode of the Script Apart podcast where he made the statement, saying that; “I don’t know how much I want to reveal… [co-writer Halley Gross] and I did write an outline for a story, that we’re not making – but I hope one day can see the light of day – that explores a little bit what happens after this game. We’ll see.”

Druckmann also revealed that there has been “quite a bit” of internal discussion regarding developing The Last of Us 3, but he was also quick to point out the huge amount of work that is required to make a game like this into a reality. “These games take so much to make. [Part 2], I’ve been thinking about it for seven years, between when the last game came out and when this came out […] You want to make sure you’re jazzed by the idea that you have, [that] it feels like it’s challenging. We’ve now had two games that I feel speak to something universal as well as telling a very personal story for these characters. With one game, there’s no pattern of what a franchise is. With two games, now there’s starting to be a pattern – now I feel like there are some structural and thematic themes you’d have to stick to if you’re making a third game.”

It seems as though Naughty Dog are currently working out what their next project will be; “After we finish one of our big titles, we take a long time to explore different ideas, whether it’s going to be Last of Us 3, whether it’s something new, whether there’s some old franchise we want to go back to. I like to fully explore all of those, then look at, like: okay, we have all of these ideas in front of us. As a studio, what do we want to commit to? Because it’s a huge commitment – monetary, time, passion, talent, so you think about all the opportunity costs that come with that.”

There have been an abundance of reports recently that have claimed that Naughty Dog are working on a few different projects. One report claimed that the studio is currently debating whether to develop a new entry in the Uncharted franchise, or whether to instead work on developing a game based on a brand new IP. Other reports have claimed that a full remake of the original Last of Us is the priority for the first party studio.

We also received news recently that Diego Luna will be playing the role of Joel’s brother Tommy in the upcoming HBO series, which will re-imagine the story of the first game. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey will star in the lead roles of Joel and Ellie respectively.

You can check out Dan’s review of The Last of Us Part 2 here.

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Daniel is a 26-year-old writer from Glasgow. He loves sci-fi and hates fantasy. He also hates referring to himself in the third person and thinks that bios are dumb.

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