After near-unanimous approval and solid sales, it was almost inevitable that Naughty Dog would look to pursue a new adventure in its cordyceps-ridden world with The Last of Us 2, but now voice actor Nolan North – who portrayed the sleazy David – has confirmed that the sequel is indeed in development.
The topic arose during a Metrocon panel over the weekend, where North spoke extensively about his involvement in both Visceral Games’ nebulous Star Wars title and the hotly-anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. When asked whether Naughty Dog was exploring the future of the Uncharted series beyond A Thief’s End, North all but confirmed that the Sony-owned studio is at the very least considering the possibility of a follow-up to TLOU: “Not yet, I know they’re doing The Last of Us 2.”
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Truth be told, we’ve heard little-to-no information about The Last of Us 2 since the original game was ported over to PlayStation 4. Around that time, Creative Director Neil Druckmann stated that there was a 50/50 chance of seeing a potential sequel, but since then, it’s been radio silent. Though it was made at a separate panel, fellow voice actor Troy Baker admitted that he “knows nothing” of Naughty Dog’s plans for a follow-up to the post-apocalyptic masterpiece.
“I know nothing. I don’t know if we’re gonna do another one or not. If we do, then I trust Neil [Druckmann, creative director] and Bruce [Straley, game director] and everyone at Naughty Dog to tell a story that needs to be told,” Baker said during a panel at Indy PopCon last weekend.”
Whether this means that The Last of Us 2 will, like many have stipulated, diverge from the main story of Joel and Ellie and instead focus on a whole new cast of survivors is still up for question. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to note the two disparate viewpoints.
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