A sequel for The Last of Us could still happen and might still focus on Joel and Ellie. The Creative Director of developer Naughty Dog, Neil Druckmann, believes that, while the core plot surrounding the two characters concluded in the game, there might be future stories to tell.
The Last of Us impressed millions of PS3 owners earlier this month when it appeared for the Sony console and delivered a top-notch survival-oriented experience that focused on the story of Joel and Ellie, two survivors who needed to travel around a post-apocalyptic U.S. that's home to bandits and infected mutants.
Before the game's launch, Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann mentioned that, while there may be potential for a sequel in the universe, it won't star Joel and Ellie.
Now, Druckmann revised his stance and said that the original quote was misinterpreted. Check out his reasoning, but beware of spoilers, below.
"I can clarify that quote, because I've seen it misquoted," Druckmann told Kotaku.
"I said this journey for Joel and Ellie is complete. In a spoiler sense, I was referring to the journey with the Fireflies and what they're after with the cure and all that. We're not continuing that. "
Druckmann emphasized that, while there's a possibility for another Joel and Ellie story, that would only happen if he and his team are confident in the project.
"But as far as whether we come back to Joel and Ellie or not, or whether we come back to the world or not, that's all up in the air. I can tell you there are people in the studio that would love to come back to these characters, but the only way we would do it would be if we had something new, something meaningful to say. Because the last thing we would want to do is repeat ourselves."
Sony registered web domains for The Last of Us 2 and 3 earlier this year, so there may be a sequel already in development.