The co-creator of “The Last of Us” has confirmed his work on another sequel, but fans may need to exercise patience as they could be waiting a decade or more for its release.
HBO’s adaptation of “The Last of Us” catapulted the already popular game series into mainstream fame last year. The games and TV series narrate the journey of Ellie and her adoptive father figure, Joel, navigating a zombie-infested United States after a fungal apocalypse.
The TV series, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, earned nominations at prestigious awards like the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. Nick Offerman’s award-winning performance, alongside Murray Bartlett, in the acclaimed third episode “Long, Long Time” further added to its acclaim.
Naughty Dog, the studio behind “The Last of Us” games, released a two-hour documentary delving into the creation of “The Last of Us Part II.” In it, co-creator Neal Druckmann shared that he has a “concept” for the next sequel, expressing excitement for its unique identity while maintaining a thematic throughline.
While acknowledging the privileged position to explore new ideas, Druckmann mentioned the challenge of developing the third game’s concept, considering the previous themes of “unconditional love” and “pursuit of justice.”
Forbes reports that “The Last of Us Part 3” is unlikely to see the light of day within the next decade. The first game debuted in 2013, followed by the second in 2020.
As fans anticipate the sequel, the second season of “The Last of Us” television series is set to commence production this month, with an expected air date in 2025.