The Last of Us: Part 3 has a story outline already, but the game isn’t coming anytime soon.
Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is one of the most critically acclaimed games in the last few generations. The story of Joel and Ellie was such as success that it actually helped the PS3 eventually outperform the Xbox 360.
Since then, we’ve seen The Last of Us Remastered for PS4, and the long-awaited Part 2 released just last year. And despite some controversy, The Last of Us: Part 2 was another incredible success for Sony.
The company is clearly not above milking The Last of Us brand. After all, we just got word that another remaster of The Last of Us is coming to PS5 soon!
But as for The Last of Us: Part 3, we may be waiting quite a while longer for Naughty Dog’s next venture into the post-apocalyptic world. But according to this report, we may get a Last of Us mobile game way before a PS5 release.
The Last of Us: Part 3 Story Is Planned Already
Despite only releasing The Last of Us: Part 2 halfway through 2020, Part 3’s story is already planned.
In a new interview on the Script Apart podcast, Neil Druckmann confirms that sequel planning is in the early stages, but nothing is solid just yet.
Although it appears that The Last of Us: Part 3 is not yet in production, Druckmann hopes that Naughty Dog will one day begin work on it.
“I don’t know how much I want to reveal… [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.”
Right now, the third Last of Us installment is being talked about “quite a bit” internally. However, considering how much effort making a new title would be, the developer wants to make sure it’s the right move.
New Naughty Dog Project Coming Soon?
And, as fans still wait for The Last of Us 2’s standalone multiplayer release, Naughty Dog is taking its time considering a future project. That said, leaks indicate that a new Uncharted game is in the works for PS5 already.
“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.”
Druckmann confirms that The Last of Us 3 is something that he’d like to make, but the developer is taking time to explore different ideas first. Given that a third game would take years of work, it’s not a decision that Naughty Dog is taking lightly.
Recently, Naughty Dog promised “several cool things” are coming soon. So it’s clear that the company has some projects on the go, even if The Last of Us is taking a backseat for now.