The Last of Us 3: How The Series Could Continue

Just about everyone has played The Last of Us: Part II and thirsts for a sequel. Let's check out what a The Last of Us Part 3 could look like, and what rumors and leaks are out there surrounding developer Naughty Dog.

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Could The Last of Us 3 see them be back together? | © Naughty Dog

Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog mentioned a potential The Last of Us Part 3 in the Script Apart podcast. A possible story for a sequel to Part 2 has already been outlined by Druckmann and his co-author Halley Gross. But the director remains very tight-lipped about a possible third game in the series. According to him, it's not sure yet whether this story will actually be realized for a third part in the series. But the fact that Druckmann has already planned the third part is very good news for fans of the franchise.

However, with other projects also in the works, we shouldn't expect the whole team to rush straight into the sequel. Obviously, Naughty Dog wants to give the sequel a little room to breathe. But a The Last of Us 3 is a possibility for the future. Here's our take on what that could look like.

Waiting For Part 3

Neil Druckmann revealed last year that it was trickier to find the emotional core of the story in Part 2 than in The Last of Us Part I due to the experiences and previous knowledge of the players. So it will be even more difficult to grab the fans emotionally and to bring innovations in The Last of Us Part 3.

The original Last of Us was released in 2013 and Part II was released 7 years later in 2020, so we imagine a third game would take around the same time. We think 2026 at the earliest for a release. We have to be patient a little longer. But it's still fun to speculate, so let's do that

How The Story Could Continue In The Last of Us Part 3

Attention! You can expect spoilers about The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II in the following.

In the second game, Ellie was looking for revenge for Joel's murder and had to handle her relationship with her friend Dina. Those who played the game will know that a lot of things were left unanswered: Ellie let Abby alive, and Dina vanished after Ellie ignored her pleas to stay. So there is plenty of room for a continuation with Ellie as the main character again, which would certainly be the wish of many players as well. And it's a sure-bet that Abby will be included again. There may even be a third main character, with a new personal story.

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Will there be another confrontation? | © Naughty Dog

In The Last of Us Part 3, the story will probably come full circle. The Last of Us 2 was primarily about the conflict between Ellie and Abby and their respective struggles to come to terms with a personal loss. The Cordyceps pandemic, on the other hand, was rarely discussed.

This higher story strand will probably be concluded in Part 3. And the template already exists: Abby could take over her father's legacy and develop the vaccine, and Ellie carries the antibody. So Ellie could still complete what Joel once couldn't bring himself to do. This would also follow a certain order, which would be: love, revenge, redemption.... (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). Especially when Ellie and Abby have to cooperate. That offers a lot of potential for exciting conflicts! If you ask me, I hope that Naughty Dog will go for a happy ending.

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Last of Us: Part I, soon playable on the PS5? | © Naughty Dog

Other Projects From Naughty Dog

Naughty Dog is a very busy studio, working on multiple projects at the same time. Here is a short overview of everything they are working on what they have been busy with recently:

  • The Last of Us Part I PS5 Remake: The remake has recently been released to a great reception. The new version of the original game changed the experience significantly and now neatly ties the game into Part 2.
  • The Last of Us Standalone Multiplayer: The planned multiplayer for The Last of Us 2 will now be an independent successor to the Factions-mode from the first part. Naughty Dog has now confirmed this, but have only showed concept art so far. Everything else is just rumors: Factions 2 will supposedly be free-to-play and financed via microtransactions, but this hasn't been confirmed yet. The studio also wants to bring their expertise in storytelling into the multiplayer project, so we're excited to see what that will look like.
  • Fantasy Game: One of the most persistent rumors regarding Naughty Dog is, that the studio is working on a Fantasy-themed game. According to fans, this fantasy game was teased in the TLOU Part 1 remake. But again, this has just been rumors and leaks so far. Therefore, enjoy this with a healthy pinch of salt.
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