Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann talks Last of Us 2


-Tom Heath

There are many reasons for us to want/not want a sequel to Naughty Dog’s 2013 masterpiece The Last of Us. It was a brilliantly established world of dread and misery, complimented by fantastic storytelling and gameplay, and any chance to have that again would be wonderful.

However, the original was so amazing that a follow up could run the risk of tainting the franchise name, like how the psychological thriller film SAW is now synonymous with its garbage torture-porn sequels.


So, when prominent Naughty Dog voice actor Nolan “I’m in every game ever” North earlier this year made mention of a sequel being in the works, there was much excitement and a little apprehension. Some other Naughty Dog personnel also seemed to confirm the sequel’s existence by saying “[on] the first Last of Us,” during a livestream interview. Slip ups seemed to be happening everywhere!

Neil Druckmann, writer and creative director of The Last of Us and now working on upcoming Uncharted 4, recently spoke to Official Playstation Magazine and in a section highlighted on GamesRadar commented on these rumours.

“When Bruce (Straley, co-director of The Last of Us) and I moved over to Uncharted 4,” Druckmann said, “we were brainstorming ideas for The Last of Us 2 with new characters; ideas for The Last of Us 2 with Joel and Ellie; ideas for a sci-fi game; ideas for a fantasy game, and building prototypes for each one of those ideas.”

last of us giraffe

Still brings a tear to my eye.

Specfically regarding the comments of Nolan North, Druckmann said the actor wasn’t technically wrong in his assertions but players shouldn’t get their hopes up any time soon as the speculated ideas are still just ideas.

“I guess [North] was kind of right in that we were working on stuff, but we don’t know what we’re doing next and we won’t know until probably a few months after we finish Uncharted 4,” he said.

Well Neil, if you’re still taking ideas on board and if you’re reading this (I have it on good authority that you’re a fan), I had some thoughts on what might make a good The Last of Us sequel a while back. Might save you a couple of months of brainstorming.

Tom doesn’t know if he can come back from the things he’s done, but maybe you help him on Twitter: @tomdheath. Follow LoadScreen on Twitter, @load_screen, and like us on Facebook for more gaming news and reviews.


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