The Last of Us Part 2 finally hits PlayStation 4 next week. And while that's curtains for one project, creative director Neil Druckmann is thinking about what may come next, and whether it will stay in the Last of Us universe or not.
A massive feature for GQ detailed the years that went into the making of The Last of Us Part 2, including several interviews with Druckmann. Near the end, as The Last of Us Part 2 is nearing the end of its development, the Naughty Dog director muses about what the future may hold for him.
"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," said Druckmann. "So, yeah, the next thing could be a Part 3, the next thing could be some new IP."
The future's still a bit fuzzy, but earlier in the feature, Druckmann notes that he was uneasy making a sequel to The Last of Us in the first place. Stranger things have happened.
In playtime with The Last of Us Part 2 thus far, our Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey has found it to be a dark counterpart to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Of course, I imagine there's a bit more murder and sadness in one than the other, unless Tom Nook has some debt collection policies I'm unaware of.
Naughty Dog has also detailed its surprisingly extensive accessibility options, allowing more people to play The Last of Us Part 2 who would otherwise have difficulty doing so. And while the game has had parts of its story leaked online, hopes still seem high for Naughty Dog to deliver on a promising follow-up to a fondly remembered story. We'll see if Naughty Dog can go for two-for-two with blockbuster end-of-generation hits when The Last of Us Part 2 hits PlayStation 4 on June 19, 2020.