It seems like a third The Last of Us game, or The Last of Us Part III, is on the minds of folks at Naughty Dog, and could be made in the future.
The news comes from Naughty Dog co-president and The Last of Us co-creator Neil Druckmann, speaking in a newly released documentary focused on the series.
“I did some other interview where someone asked me about The Last of Us, and would there be any more stories or something,” Druckmann said. “I mentioned we have written a story that takes place after Last of Us II, that stars Tommy. I hope one day we get to make it. The headlines across the industry were like, ‘Naughty Dog has outlined The Last of Us Part III.’ And that’s actually wrong. It was always a small story, it was never a full title.”
He continued, “The first game had such a clean concept of like the unconditional love a parent feels for their child. The second one, once we landed on this idea of the pursuit of justice at any cost, justice for the ones you love, it felt like oh there’s a clean concept here and there’s a throughline from the first game about love. If we never get to do it again, this is a fine ending point, and the last bite of the apple, the story’s done.
“I’ve been thinking about, ‘Is there a concept there?’ And for now years, I haven’t been able to find that concept. But recently that’s changed. I don’t have a story, but I do have that concept, that, to me, is as exciting as I, as exciting as II, is its own thing, yet has this throughline for all three. So it does feel like there’s probably one more chapter to this story.”