Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann has revealed that he and co-writer Halley Gross have already written a top level view for The Last of Us III, but the sport isn’t in manufacturing…but.
Druckmann made this revelation on the Script Apart podcast (transcript through IGN), stating that he hopes the plot will finally see the sunshine of day.
“I don’t know how much I want to reveal,” he mentioned. “[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 [Part II]. We’ll see.”
Apparently, there was “quite a bit” of debate inside Naughty Dog a couple of third entry.
“After we finish one of our big titles, we take a long time to explore different ideas, whether it’s going to be Last of Us III, whether it’s something new, whether there’s some old franchise we want to go back to,” Druckmann continued. “I like to fully explore all of those, then look at, like: okay, we have all of these ideas in front of us. As a studio, what do we want to commit to? Because it’s a huge commitment – monetary, time, passion, talent, so you think about all the opportunity costs that come with that.”
Druckmann identified that video games like The Last of Us have prolonged growth intervals and contain quite a lot of work, so “you want to make sure you’re jazzed by the idea that you have, [that] it feels like it’s challenging.”
Naughty Dog has beforehand mentioned that it’s engaged on “several cool things,” but followers must look forward to info.