The Last of Us Part 2 writers have an outline for Part 3, but no plans to make game for now

Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross have a rough story for a potential The Last of Us Part 3, though the team is unsure if it will be made.

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After a 7-year wait, one of the most beloved games of the modern era got a follow up when The Last of Us Part 2 launched in 2020. Both a critical and financial success for developer Naughty Dog, many have wondered if we’ve seen the final chapter in the story of The Last of Us. That question remains unanswered, but the writers behind the game have revealed that they do have a story outline for a potential The Last of Us Part 3.

The Last of Us Part 2 writers Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross were on the podcast Script Apart, where they spoke about their experience penning the story for The Last of Us Part 2, as spotted by IGN. During the interview, the duo spoke about where The Last of Us series could possibly go from here.

"[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...” Of course, Druckmann went very light on the details, as not to give away any idea Naughty Dog may pursue down the line.

Though the two don’t reveal much, it’s the first we’ve really heard the development team openly address a potential The Last of Us Part 3. With as popular as the franchise has become, one would imagine that Sony would love to have another mainline entry in The Last of Us series, especially if reports about the publisher’s “blockbusters only” attitude are correct. However, there is still a lot of resources and work required to pump out a game on the scope of The Last of Us Part 2, so the team isn’t sure if the game will be made anytime soon.

We may not get official word on The Last of Us Part 3 in the near future, but you can expect to read any updates on the franchise right here on Shacknews.

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      April 28, 2021 10:53 AM

      i think there's something here that may appear to be nuance, and could amount to nothing, but their use of language seems to be specific. they did not say that TLOUp3 isn't being made, they said they have a story written for what happens after part 2, and they hope it will get made some day.

      could mean it's a side story as opposed to the main narrative that would follow in p3. could be the hint that TLOU will branch off in more directions.

      part3 is almost a guarantee as far as being greenlit for funding and such, TLOU as a whole has been a smashing success in spite of how vitriolic some people were last year.

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        April 28, 2021 11:24 AM

        Great point. It also sounded like it could be a DLC kind of thing. I wouldn't hate a TLOU 3 that went in a new direction with new characters

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        April 28, 2021 4:24 PM

        The source of hate behind TLOU2 was so toxic it made me sick. Even sicker when people would double down on it and defend their shitty takes for the wrong reasons. I dropped a lot of group chats and stopped debating video games with a lot of people over that crap.

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      April 28, 2021 4:32 PM

      I feel the characters stories are done and told. I also felt that way about the first game though. I enjoyed TLOU2 a lot but I don't know if it was a story really worth telling. I guess if you want to keep seeing Ellie go through shit then sure.


      The end of TLOU was so perfect.

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        April 28, 2021 4:41 PM

        Still haven’t played part 2 and may someday if it ever gets 60fps support/native port on PS5. But I agree the first game ended perfectly and more wasn’t needed.

        I’m fine with them doing more though and I know the sequel had mixed reception based on both how the story was presented and how dark it gets.

        But, it doesn’t take away from how amazing the first game was for me.

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          April 28, 2021 4:45 PM

          Also imho if they do a third, based on what I know about the story of 2(having not played it yet) I feel like the fully obvious answer is it results in Everything coming full circle with Ellie going through her own redemption arc after the dark shit she ends up going through in 2. In a way mirroring what happened with Joel’s character arc in the first and culminating with her finally sacrificing herself for a cure

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            April 28, 2021 5:18 PM

            Yeah that’s exactly how I see it playing out

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            April 28, 2021 6:08 PM

            I think giving a definite answer to whether she could be the cure or not is bad though? It removes the ambiguous nature that makes Joel's choice so interesting. It's like when people say Decard is definitely a replicant or a human. Either answer is less interesting that leaving it open ended.

            I guess BR 2049 kind of answered it, but yeah

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              April 28, 2021 7:05 PM

              They don't have to go full on "she's undoubtedly the cure", just walk through the redemption process and her getting back to where she was emotionally in game 1 where she needed her journey to mean something other than violence. They could end it with her laying her life down for the possible potential of a cure but it being unclear if it'll work. Doesn't have to be exactly that but going in that direction would be worthwhile.

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        April 28, 2021 5:14 PM

        I love the first, but the second is better in every way. Even the story in 2 was better, which I didn’t expect.

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          April 28, 2021 5:20 PM

          Agreed. My only gripe about #2 was how broken up the narrative was vs. flashbacks. I want a new game+ that has the game in chronological order.

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