Having just completed The Last of Us Remastered (I know, 1 and a half years late), my mind immediately switched to the question playing on everyone’s mind: will there be a sequel to one of the greatest games of all time?
My first thought is a simple no, and I’ll tell you why. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and The Last of Us, being the prestigious game that it is, risks losing everything by doing a sequel that many feel would be a step too far, and even possibly a cash grab. There’s also the issue about whether both Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson would be willing to reprise their respective roles of Joel and Ellie, and both can economically afford to say no, with The Last of Us having already raised both stars fame.
However perhaps the most central issue to The Last of Us getting a sequel would be the story that Neil Druckman wished to extend, or rather not extend. Druckman already has his hands full working on the movie for The Last of Us, so there’s debate as to whether he would actually be available in the next 3 to 4 years to even plan out a sequel, let alone develop it.
But, of course, there are so many tantalising reasons to say yes to a sequel. The first reason is obvious, the game would sell like nothing else ever seen before, Naughty Dog wouldn’t even have to announce it’s release till a day before it was due out, and it would still become one of the most successful games of all time, let alone on this generation of consoles.
The second reason to say yes, and one that I personally find more intriguing, is the story side of The Last of Us, and the many possibilities of where a sequel could take us in the relationship of Joel and Ellie. I for one highly doubt Ellie merely accepted Joel’s version of the truth, and I fully believe a sequel could explore her reaction to finding out that Marlene died at the hands of Joel, setting her on a darker path through life, one in which she maybe has to deal with the fallout of Joel’s actions at the hospital, and whether or not she wants him in her life, or even alive, after discovering the truth.
I believe that The Last of Us does in fact deserve a sequel, but Naughty Dog should properly take their time with laying out the groundwork and story for it, so as to give players a second tumultuous trip into the life of Ellie.