Naughty Canine says it’s ‘moved on’ from Uncharted and will do the identical with The Final of Us

Naughty Canine co-president Neil Druckmann has stated the studio has ‘moved on’ from the Uncharted sequence and will do the identical with The Final of Us, ought to it resolve to not proceed with a 3rd mainline sequence entry.

The Final of Us sequence has offered over 37 million copies since its debut in 2013 and is at present within the highlight due to the profitable launch of an HBO TV adaptation this month.

Naughty Canine can also be creating a standalone Final of Us multiplayer recreation, which is able to embody its personal story and a brand new solid of characters.

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Regardless of the franchise’s business and demanding success, Druckmann has claimed that Naughty Canine’s father or mother firm Sony wouldn’t stress the corporate into persevering with the story of Ellie and Abby that was advised in 2020’s Final of Us Half 2.

He advised BuzzFeed that if the studio can give you a compelling story for Half 3 and is passionate concerning the mission, it can make it. If not, it would resolve to maneuver on from the sequence, prefer it has chosen to do with its different blockbuster franchise, Uncharted.

“I do know there’s a bunch of individuals questioning about The Final of Us Half 3 and whether or not that can be a factor or not,” he stated. “All I may say is, at Naughty Canine we’re very, very privileged that our writer is Sony — which suggests Sony funds our video games, helps us, and we’re owned by Sony.

“They’ve supported us each step of the best way to comply with our passions — which means that simply because one thing is profitable, folks assume there’s all this stress and we have now to make a sequel. That’s not the case.

“For us, Uncharted was insanely profitable — Uncharted 4 was certainly one of our greatest promoting video games — and we’re in a position to put our closing brushstroke on that story and say that we’re carried out. We’re shifting on.

“Likewise, with The Final of Us, it’s as much as us whether or not we need to proceed it or not,” he stated.

“Our course of is similar factor we did once we did Half 2, which is that if we will give you a compelling story that has this common message and assertion about love — similar to the primary and second recreation did — then we are going to inform that story. If we will’t give you one thing, we have now a really sturdy ending with Half 2 and that would be the finish.”

Druckmann stated in April 2021 {that a} story define had been written for a possible third recreation within the sequence, however that it wasn’t at present being developed.

In a current interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Druckmann – who additionally co-produced and co-wrote the HBO present – hinted {that a} potential second season of the TV sequence would cowl The Final of Us Half 2, and that Naughty Canine may need plans for a 3rd entry within the sequence. “I believe there’s extra story to inform,” he stated.

Naughty Canine not too long ago launched the second piece of idea artwork for its standalone Final of Us multiplayer recreation and stated it plans to disclose extra concerning the mission later this yr.

Druckmann advised BuzzFeed: “We’ve been fairly open that the subsequent Final of Us recreation goes to be this multiplayer expertise, the place you’ll have the ability to enter the world of The Final of Us along with your good friend and get to expertise the stress and the brutality of that world — and a model new story and solid of characters that dwell in one other metropolis that we haven’t seen but on the planet of The Final of Us. That is going to be one other chapter within the universe of The Final of Us.”

Naughty Canine developed Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007), Uncharted: Amongst Thieves (2009), Uncharted: Drake’s Deception (2011), Uncharted 4: A Thief’s Finish (2016) and its standalone growth Uncharted: The Misplaced Legacy (2017).

It additionally dealt with the PS5 model of Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Assortment, which was launched in 2021 and included remasters of Uncharted 4 and The Misplaced Legacy.

Naughty Dog says it’s ‘moved on’ from Uncharted and could do the same with The Last of Us

Whereas Druckmann claims Naughty Canine has moved on from the sequence, final April a recruiter on the studio seemingly hinted that Sony might be planning future Uncharted releases.

Asserting that she’d joined Naughty Canine, Christina-Marie Drake McBrearty stated it was particular “to be constructing future groups for not solely new titles however for the legacy of Uncharted”.

A job itemizing late final yr additionally stated {that a} new inside improvement workforce at Sony was co-developing a recreation with Naughty Canine primarily based on “a beloved franchise”.

Different Sony-owned studios have beforehand developed Uncharted spin-offs or remasters, together with Bend Studio (Uncharted: Golden Abyss) and Bluepoint Video games (Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Assortment).