The Last of Us series is probably one of the best-known action-adventure survival horror gaming titles on the current market, and for a good reason. The original game merited universal acclaim as the fifth-highest-ranking PlayStation 3 game, warranting the release of several DLCs, a Part 2 of the story, and a PS4 remaster of the game. The word is that Naughty Dog, the game’s developer, has written an outline for The Last of Us: Part 3 but isn’t making the sequel right now.
In a story covered by IGN, Neil Druckmann, a co-writer of The Last of Us series, talked about the potential of The Last of Us: Part 3 on an episode of Script Adapt podcast. Apparently, there’s talk about the sequel within the Naughty Dog studios, but the production of the title isn’t scheduled at all. According to Druckmann, he and co-writer Halley Gross wrote an outline for a story that’s not even in the works, and the writer hopes that The Last of Us 3 will “one day see the light of day.”
Druckmann also pointed out how much work is involved in making a title like The Last of Us (and its sequels) a reality. It took the development team seven years to make a sequel to the original game, including writing a story, script, and active development. Admittedly, their effort culminated with a multi-GOTY (Game of the year) winner title The Last of Us: Part 2, so a follow-up to the story in The Last of Us 3 is more than reasonable. However, committing to a large project is always a big decision, which involves enormous amounts of time, money, and talent.
The first two franchise games have set pretty high expectations and a structural and thematic pattern the studio would have to adhere to to make the third game. The Last of Us: Part 2 was released only last year and managed to rack up a record-breaking number of GOTY awards, despite massive controversy regarding its split narrative. The game was a massive sales success, which probably inspired HBO’s development of The Last of Us television adaptation. With that said, Naughty Dog is currently developing the multiplayer component for The Last of Us: Part 2 and a remake of 2013’s The Last of Us for PlayStation 5.
Druckmann said that Naughty Dog takes a long time to explore different possibilities and ideas. Things have been stirring within Naughty Dog, but it’s still unclear whether the studio’s considering The Last of Us 3 or something entirely new. From what we’ve gathered so far, Naughty Dog has its plate full with the upcoming Uncharted 5 game, a multiplayer for The Last of Us: Part 2, and a PS5 remake of the original The Last of Us game.
It’s still unclear whether Naughty Dog plans for another game in The Last of Us series, but from what we could tell, they’re not developing one right now. Given that we had to wait seven years for Part 2, we can rest assured that The Last of Us 3 certainly won’t happen in a year or two. Or seven, who knows?