I’ve heard a lot of mixed reactions as to whether people want The Last of Us 2 or not. On one hand, it’s a big world to populate with other stories and a sequel gives fans more game to play. In the other hand, many people are happy with how the original ended and don’t feel like they want to expand on the narrative from there.
This second, none of that really matters though. Regardless of how you feel about it, production of a sequel or any other game at Naughty Dog has been halted to focus on Uncharted 4. Talking in a video interview with Game Informer (via CVG), the directors of Uncharted 4 revealed the studio’s reasoning. Bruce Staley commented that Naughty Dog isn’t focused on anything but Nathan Drake right now.
We’re 110 per cent in Uncharted 4 territory now. Blinders on, make this awesome.
Neil Druckmann reiterated that sentiment by saying:
I’ve said this before, so this is not news, but we have brainstormed sequel ideas for The Last of Us, and we’ve brainstormed ideas for new games, but all of that is put on ice right now while we work on Uncharted 4.
The duo also assured fans that Uncharted 4 will have the tone of franchise and not the Last of Us. Staley said:
We’re not gonna make it too dark. Everybody calm down, just take a breath. We’re retaining all the light-heartedness: it’s Nathan Drake. Any project with Nolan North in it, it can’t get too dark.
Wait, did they play Spec Ops: The Line? That was a ludicrously dark game that was headed by Nolan North.
It is good that the team aren’t drinking the ‘dark and gritty’ kool-aid mind. Luckily, I think that craze in pop culture is somewhat receding. I hope so anyways.