If you love Joel and Ellie, then Neil Druckmann’s confirmation to PlayStation Magazine about having preliminary talks about the next iteration for The Last of Us, before being moved to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, will have you elated. In the conversation, Druckmann all but confirmed that the game is coming, so the question is no longer about if, but now when. When speaking to PlayStation Magazine Druckmann stated: “The answer is – and this is totally honest, and I’ve said this in the past – that when Bruce (Straley) and I moved over to Uncharted 4, we were brainstorming ideas for The Last Of Us 2 with new characters; ideas for TLOU 2 with Joel and Ellie; ideas for a sci-fi game; ideas for a fantasy game, and building prototypes for each one of those ideas. And just as we were getting close to settling or narrowing that list down, we were asked to work on Uncharted 4.”
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Naughty Dog would be foolish to walk away from a money pit such as The Last of Us, but instead now questions turn to whether the company will focus their attention to a sequel for the aforementioned or whether they will move to something else like Druckmann has also said would be a possibility. If history has anything to do with it, it looks like the next project that will be in planning waiting for the call to development. After all, it has one of the most iconic games in the last 10 years to follow the cycle of.
If The Last of Us 2 follows in the footsteps of Uncharted when making the jump to the newest generation consoles, the turnaround for such a project took five years for Mr. Drake to complete. Graphically, The Last of Us is better prepared to make the jump than Uncharted was. From Uncharted 3 to 4 there was 5 years between titles. It would not be surprising to see the company take some time off of the development cycle and aim for a Christmas of 2017 launch. However, like the Uncharted series, you don’t rush perfection. In that case 2018 seems like a more realistic answer to the question of when we will get our hands on a sequel.
E3 next year would be the same point we were teased before with the Uncharted series as well. Don’t think for a moment that Naughty Dog has not done more than preliminary talks either. With Nolan North confirming the game was coming at Metrocon 2015, and at the time sent the internet into a tizzy, Naughty Dog has at this point started constructing the outlines of the story, characters, and more than likely has already started concept art as well. A trailer or image will, more than likely, be brought by Sony to E3 to continue to build the hype around the future of PlayStation Titles.
Also pointing to the work that will go into The Last of Us 2 is the fact that nothing is listed on IMDB or has even been rumored for Joel himself voice actor, Troy Baker. Ashley Johnson, or Ellie, is exactly the same too. For each, this would seem like an interesting coincidence considering both will be spending a substantial amount of time in motion capture for this game with it being, probable, for TLOU 2 to be the most visually impressive game on the market at its’ time of launch. Both actors carry a large load every year in terms of projects and consistently have them laid out months and even a year in advance on places like IMDB. For both to have nothing pushes curiosity to the brink.
We know it is going to happen, but as fans, the sooner we find out, the better. With games such as this, companies don’t avoid making them; nor do they push them off. These types of, once in a generation, series get the royal treatment when being designed and they also have the green light to push production because of the successes they have experienced in the past. The Last of Us 2 is coming, and is history has anything to say 2018 will be the year of the clickers.