The Last of Us 3 Could Be Happening, But Not Anytime Soon

The Last of Us 3 has been written, but will it ever enter development?

The Last of Us 3 is in the works — sort of. Speaking on the Script Apart podcast, series creator and Naughty Dog Co-President Neil Druckmann said he and The Last of Us 2 writer Halley Gross wrote a narrative outline exploring the events that directly follow TLoU 2's ending. However, there's no game in development just yet.

In fact, it's not even certain there will be a Last of Us 3. Druckmann said he hopes it can "one day can see the light of day. We'll see."

It seems there are quite a few strings attached to a potential third Last of Us game. Druckmann also mentioned the team would have to work out how the game could stay within the framework the first two developed. 

He said:

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 would have to stick to if you were making a third game.

Of course, Naughty Dog has other games they want to make as well. Rumors from Bloomberg suggest they have the freedom to do it too, with other studios brought in to work on remastering older Naughty Dog games to free up resources for Druckmann's team.

With The Last of Us HBO show in the works, though, we'd be surprised if this was the last we saw of The Last of Us.

[Source: IGN]


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Apr. 28th 2021

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