The Last Of Us Part 3 ‘Has A Story, But Isn’t Currently In Development,’ Says Director

Naughty Dog already has a story outlined for The Last of Us Part 3, however, according to Neil Druckmann, the studio isn’t making the game right now [via IGN]. 

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During a conversation with the Script Apart podcast, Druckmann revealed that Part 3 of Naughty Dog’s drama does indeed have a story, while lamenting that he hopes it can “one day see the light of day”:

“I don’t know how much I want to reveal… [co-writer Halley Gross] and I did write an outline for a story, that we’re not making – but I hope one day can see the light of day – that explores a little bit what happens after this game. We’ll see.”

Elaborating on the internal situation with The Last of Us Part 3, Druckmann also touched on why we might not see the sequel any time soon:

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“These games take so much to make. [Part 2], I’ve been thinking about it for seven years, between when the last game came out and when this came out […] You want to make sure you’re jazzed by the idea that you have, [that] it feels like it’s challenging.

“We’ve now had two games that I feel speak to something universal as well as telling a very personal story for these characters. 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’d have to stick to if you’re making a third game.”

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Naughty Dog already has a lot on its plate for the future ahead.

According to a recent Bloomberg report, the studio is working on a new Uncharted game as well as a PS5 remaster of the original The Last of Us.

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Druckmann also stated that Naughty Dog will be looking at its next project “After we finish one of our big titles”. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that we won’t be Part 3 of Naughty Dog’s survival horror drama for a while.

Are you looking forward to a potential The Last of Us Part 3?

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