Developer Naughty Dog has touched base on a potential The Last of Us Part 3, suggesting it would be ‘exponentially harder to justify’ returning to the franchise going forward – even more difficult than the jump from the first game to the sequel.
Naughty Dog On The Last Of Us Part 3
Speaking with Indie Wire, creative director Neil Druckmann explained that a possible new entry in the post-apocalyptic series would require it go through the same ‘test’ as The Last of Us Part 2 did, which wasn’t easy to get off the ground either.
I’ll be a little vague and cagey as you can expect, but I think the test for whether or not to make a Part III would have to be a similar test to what we did with Part II. With the first game there were no expectations and it was like we could do anything.
But now that we’ve established certain characters and themes and processes, it felt like to justify making a Part II we had to do something not that fans would just be comfortable with, but do something that would match the emotional core we found in the first game. And without that, there’d be no reason to do a Part III.”
Finding it with the sequel was much harder than it was with the first game, and going forward it would be exponentially harder to justify going back to that world and finding a way to vary things up. There’s already so many things you’ve seen about the backstory, about how the outbreak happens, so we’d really have to figure out how to create a new experience that matches the emotional impact of these stories and I don’t know what that is. Currently.
Will there be a The Last of Us Part 3? Who knows, but if the second game proves a success (and early signs in the UK at least show it to be just that) then we can’t imagine Sony would want the series to retired anytime soon.
Read our review of The Last of Us Part 2 here.