It seems like Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us won’t end with Part II. In a recent interview with GQ, director Neil Druckmann suggested that the Sony developer’s next project might be The Last of Us Part III – or a brand new IP altogether.
Druckmann also talked about the recent plot leaks and his hopes for the project. He also revealed that he’s given some thought to what’s next in the ruined, near-future world of Joel and Ellie.
“As you start wrapping things up, creatively there are fewer and fewer responsibilities and my mind can’t help but think about the next thing. So, yeah, the next thing could be a Part III, the next thing could be some new IP.”
While that’s pretty far from a solid confirmation that the series will continue, it seems like a safe bet.
HBO recently ordered a pilot based on the franchise, which will be directed by Johan Renck, who also worked on The Walking Dead. Druckmann is set to co-write the pilot alongside Craig Mazin of Chernobyl fame.
The first title in The Last Of Us franchise was released in 2013 for the PS3 and is one of the most widely acclaimed and highest-selling PlayStation exclusive.
And the upcoming sequel is already breaking records.
Early previews of The Last Of Us Part II suggest that the game not only pushes the boundaries of the franchise’s narrative, it also sets a new bar for graphic brutality. Naughty Dog is aiming to make the game very accessible, with a wide array of accessibility options to ensure that none of the players face any kind of hindrances in the game.