The Last of Us franchise may not see a Part 3, according to the game’s director and TV series boss, Neil Druckmann. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Druckmann explained that Naughty Dog is free to move on from The Last of Us, just as they did with Uncharted. Instead, the studio is focusing on a multiplayer experience set within the world of The Last of Us, featuring a brand new story and a cast of characters in a city yet to be seen in the series.
Neil Druckmann Talks on The Last of Us Part 3 and Uncharted
Neil Druckmann stated that the studio is not under any pressure to create a sequel, as they are funded and supported by Sony. He said that the decision to continue the series is entirely up to the studio and that their process for creating a new game is the same as it was for The Last of Us Part II.
If they can develop a compelling story with a universal message and statement about love, just like the first and second games, they will tell that story. If they can’t, the strong ending of Part II will end the series. “I know there’s a bunch of people wondering about The Last of Us Part III and whether that will be a thing or not. All I could say is, at Naughty Dog we’re very, very privileged that our publisher is Sony,” Druckmann said. “Sony funds our games, supports us… people think there’s all this pressure, and we have to make a sequel. That’s not the case.”
On the other hand, the TV series adaptation has just been confirmed for a second season, and photos teasing this weekend’s episodes have been shared online. The first game remake is set to release on PC in March, while the multiplayer experience is still in development and has no title or release date.
The Last of Us fans may be disappointed that a third game may not happen. Still, the series has already left a lasting impact on the gaming industry, and fans can look forward to the upcoming multiplayer experience and the second season of the TV show.