Ideas for The Last Of Us 2 were being banded around in brainstorming sessions at Naughty Dog, but the idea that this game is in development is false as all hands are currently working to complete Uncharted 4, creative director Neil Druckmann has told OPM.
Excitement over a The Last Of Us 2 blew up last week when the game was referred to as the "first" The Last Of Us. Earlier in the year voice actor Nolan North also indicated a sequel was coming, but Druckmann insists the focus for the studio is Uncharted 4.
"I can say that was kind of a surprise for us for him (North) to say that," he told OPM. "I was like 'Oh he knows more than we know [about] what we're doing next.' We joked about it afterwards during shoots and stuff."
"The answer is - and this is totally honest, and I've said this in the past - that when Bruce (Straley) and I moved over to Uncharted 4, we were brainstorming ideas for The Last Of Us 2 with new characters; ideas for TLOU 2 with Joel and Ellie; ideas for a sci-fi game; ideas for a fantasy game, and building prototypes for each one of those ideas. And just as we were getting close to settling or narrowing that list down, we were asked to work on Uncharted 4."
Druckmann concluded: "I guess he (North) was kind of right in that we were working on stuff, but we don't know what we're doing next and we won't know until probably a few months after we finish Uncharted 4."
Chances are that Naughty Dog does have a pretty good idea where it's going with a The Last of Us sequel, but there's no way we're going to know about it until after Uncharted 4 hits.
Source: OPM via Games Radar