The Last of Us Part II Director, Neil Druckmann has suggested that Naughty Dog could decide to produce The Last of Us Part III, or a totally new IP for the studio’s next project. The studio has not produced a new IP since 2013, when The Last of Us was released.
“As you start wrapping things up, creatively there are fewer and fewer responsibilities and my mind can’t help but think about the next thing,” Druckmann says. “So, yeah, the next thing could be a Part III, the next thing could be some new IP.”
Explained a an extensive GQ piece, the Director was conflicted to decide if The Last of Us deserved a sequel after such a great ending, he explains that why wanted to continue the story of the original game, something that could confirm that if Naughty Dog decides to develop a third entry in the series, it would be tied to the original story
“The first game is so sacred. The ending is so sacred,” he says. “People are always like, ‘Do another one but focus [on] all new characters.’ Or like, ‘Do it in, like, Europe. Or do it in Japan. Do something really different.’” But in the end he felt that diverging from Joel and Ellie’s story was the “coward’s way out.
To me, at that point, you might as well just do a new IP,” he continues, “versus saying: no, we’re gonna double down and we’re gonna expose what this ending means. To take some of the things that people hold sacred and just… dismantle it.”
Back in April, hackers leaked several key aspects of the story of The Last of Us Part II, is coming to PS4 on June 19th, 2020.