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The initial planning for ‘The Last of Us 2’ has begun, says Naughty Dog

The Last of Us
The Last of Us
Photo courtesy of Naughty Dog, used with permission

Although there has been no official announcement to confirm that there will be a sequel to The Last of Us, Naughty Dog has started internally discussing ideas for the plot of a potential follow-up to last year’s ht title. Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer revealed to VideoGamer on July 21 that it would be a mistake to not at least consider and plan for The Last of Us 2 given the popularity of the franchise’s frist game.

Of course, just because the developer is thinking of ideas for The Last of Us 2 doesn’t ensure that they will actually make a sequel but it does acknowledge the studios willingness to return to the post-apocalyptic setting that they created for the 2013 title. However, they will only revisit the setting if they can find the right reasons to continue the story.

Meyer revealed that Naughty Dog understands the impact that The Last of Us has had in terms of both critical acclaim and financial success. As such, he stated that not to preparing for a sequel “would be a disservice to ourselves and our fans.” While there is no guarantee at this time that there actually will be a sequel to The Last of Us, the developer is now kicking around ideas should they want to create The Last of Us 2 in the future.

The Last of Us was purposefully written to be a self-contained story described Meyer. In fact, Naughty Dog takes a similar approach with all of the titles. This ensures that they don’t have to rely on sequels or feel obligated to continue an over-arching narrative. However, there are plenty of other tales from within The Last of Us’ post-apocalyptic setting that can still be told if the developer does decide to return to the fungal-infested world.

After originally releasing on the Playstation 3 in the summer of 2013, an updated remake of the game is heading towards new-gen hardware as The Last of Us Remastered Edition will launch later this year exclusively on the PS4. In addition to including all of the title’s currently available DLC packs, the re-release will also feature improved textures and will support 1080p native resolution that will run at 60 frames per second.