The rumors for The Last of Us 2 have been piling up from most of the parties involved in the game… except from Naughty Dog itself. Actor Nolan North said it was happening. Former lead Character Artist Michael Knowland put it on his LinkedIn account, and most recently, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection writer Josh Scherr let it slip.
The rumor mill is spinning so fast that Naughty Dog has been forced to speak out. In an interview with Official PlayStation Magazine, Creative Director Neil Druckmann states that while a prototype for a new game had been in development, development on the actual The Last of Us 2 has not yet begun.
“When Bruce [Straley, co-director] and I moved over to Uncharted 4, we were brainstorming ideas for The Last Of Us 2 with new characters; ideas for TLOU 2 with Joel and Ellie; ideas for a sci-fi game; ideas for a fantasy game, and building prototypes for each one of those ideas. And just as we were getting close to settling or narrowing that list down, we were asked to work on Uncharted 4….
…So, I guess he [North] was kind of right in that we were working on stuff, but we don’t know what we’re doing next and we won’t know until probably a few months after we finish Uncharted 4.”
That’s the official story folks. It’s happening, but we have to wait for Uncharted 4 to come out to hear anymore news. That will be on March 18 next year.