You had one job, Josh. One job. And you had to open your big mouth.
Josh Scherr, writer for Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, may have outed the existence of a sequel to Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed PlayStation 3 title The Last of Us. Speaking during a livestream for the upcoming release of the Uncharted PS4 collection, Scherr said that “all the facial animation in the Uncharted series was led up by [Eric Baldwin, lead animator] here. All the facial animation in the Uncharted games and the first The Last of Us— uh, did I say the first The Last of Us? The first The Last of Us. The Last of Us. The first The Last of Us. The Last of Us was also keyframe animation.”
YouTuber Jeronimo PW caught the whole thing on video. It’s fully possible Josh was referring to The Last of Us: Remastered or the Left Behind DLC as a product separate from the “first” Last of Us title, but that doesn’t seem likely. It could also just be a slip. It’s impossible to say for sure without confirmation from Naughty Dog. It is, however, pretty common for a developer to be in the planning stages on one game while they’re in full production on their current title, and after Uncharted 4 the team doesn’t seem to have anything else on their plate. A sequel to their critical and financially successful title – whether a direct continuation or a separate story – seems more than a little plausible.
It’s not likely, however, that Naughty Dog will have anything to say about it for some time. Between this and Nathan Drake voice actor Nolan North saying “I know they’re doing The Last of Us 2,” though, we at least have something to look forward to.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, meanwhile, releases on PlayStation 4 on October 7.