The Last of Us 2 has been rumored for about as long as the original zombie masterpiece has been in players’ hands.
It seems the game is all but officially announced right now, but any development on the game is taking a back seat until Naughty Dog wrap up all their work on Uncharted 4, including the inevitable downloadable content.
Creative Director Neil Druckmann has spoken about the development schedules for both games, insisting that work on The Last of Us 2 has come to a halt because of Nathan Drake’s final adventure:
“Before my partner, Bruce [Straley] and I, my directing partner, came on to Uncharted 4 we were working on prototypes for different ideas within The Last Of Us universe,” says Druckmann. He doesn’t want to commit to just The Last of Us though, suggesting that other ideas may be in the pipeline, “without going into specific genres [there were] ideas outside the The Last Of Us,”.
Druckmann does explain how any these potential projects have taken a back seat though, saying that “all those things were left on hold when we had to come onto Uncharted 4 to direct the project.
Our next focus is the single player [Uncharted 4] DLC and then, once we have enough resources, resurrect all those prototypes; see where we’re at, see where the teams at, what they’re excited for and go from there.”
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will (eventually) release on May 10 around the world after several delays. Hopefully the wait will be worth it though and judging by these screenshots leaked earlier today the game is looking as crisp as any console game has ever looked.
Considering how long it has taken for Uncharted 4 to finally complete, we could be looking at many years yet before getting out hands on another The Last of Us game.