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News The Last of Us: Part 3 Has a Story Outline written, isn't currently in development (yet).

DonJorginho

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Naughty Dog has written a story outline for The Last of Us: Part 3, but isn't making the sequel right now. Creative director Neil Druckmann says he hopes it can "one day see the light of day."

Speaking on an episode of the Script Apart podcast about the writing of The Last of Us Part 2, Druckmann touched briefly on the possibility of a sequel:

"I don’t know how much I want to reveal... [co-writer Halley Gross] and I did write an outline for a story, that we're not making – but I hope one day can see the light of day – that explores a little bit what happens after this game. We’ll see.”

Druckmann says there's been "quite a bit" of discussion internally about a Part 3, but pointed out how much work is involved in making a game like this a reality: "These games take so much to make. [Part 2], I've been thinking about it for seven years, between when the last game came out and when this came out [...] You want to make sure you’re jazzed by the idea that you have, [that] it feels like it’s challenging.

"We’ve now had two games that I feel speak to something universal as well as telling a very personal story for these characters. With one game, there’s no pattern of what a franchise is. With two games, now there’s starting to be a pattern – now I feel like there are some structural and thematic themes you'd have to stick to if you're making a third game."

It seems that Naughty Dog is currently exploring what to do next. "After we finish one of our big titles," Druckmann explained, "we take a long time to explore different ideas, whether it’s going to be Last of Us III, whether it's something new, whether there's some old franchise we want to go back to. I like to fully explore all of those, then look at, like: okay, we have all of these ideas in front of us. As a studio, what do we want to commit to? Because it’s a huge commitment – monetary, time, passion, talent, so you think about all the opportunity costs that come with that."

 

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I mean the end of part 2 left it wide open for a third game, and I won’t lie, I finished that game wanting to keep going and see what happens next. I’d be down for a part 3, though I do like the idea of them doing something different first as a bit of a palette cleanser.
 

Salmon Snake

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The Last of Us is in my top 5 games of all time, but Part II just wrecked my interest for more parts in the series.

It would be nice to get something laid back from Naughty Dog.
Make a game about a pot smoker who's taken some acid and he needs to get some munchies from the local mega market. The road is full of dangers, but you overcome them with the help of your friends (who aren't trans_lesbian_black_alfasaurus_white_gaymen).
 

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Always save the best for last and we know our drooling will run rivers in the late cycle of the PS5 when this game hits and looks like a PS6 title.

It seems like Naughty Dog has made TLOU their flagship franchise and I am glad they are not rushing it, but saving it for a later when they mastered the PS5 hardware and will bring it to full glory.

Also super excited for whatever they are working on right now. Maybe we get to see something new from Naughty Dog this year or next year announced?
 

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Please make something new and let TLOU factions and the TV Show carry the franchise for the near future. Let the people at Naughty Dog be reinvigorated by working on something fresh and exciting, it's in the DNA of the studio.
 

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If they do TLOU Part III I'd like to see Ellie as the sole protagonist. And as someone mentioned, get back to the infected being the main focus they should be terrifying in the next game

A fresh new IP would be better, though I'd be more than fine with a new Uncharted
 

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I doubt this will be their next big game, especially if the part one remake is real and with Factions 2 in progress they must be really burned out with it.

I wouldn't mind seeing them doing something small and silly next, and then this:

Always save the best for last and we know our drooling will run rivers in the late cycle of the PS5 when this game hits and looks like a PS6 title.
 

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Id like them to take a break from the last of us for abit. And uncharted for that matter, i would love to see a fantastical (as in not grounded) new ip from them. They are so talented, but they have been making the same games for a while. Last of us was fresh in 2013 after 3 uncharted games, i want a fresh new ip from them like that was
 
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Dr.Morris79

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Id like them to take a break from the last of us for abit. And uncharted for that matter, i would love to see a new, fantastical (as in not grounded) new ip from them. They are so talented, but they have been making the same games for a while. Last of us was fresh in 2013 after 3 uncharted games, i want a fresh new ip from them like that was
Yep. Something fun, colourful with humour, like the good old days. Games dont always have to be shooting or killing.
 

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Nobody cares. Preorders of TLOU3 will unveil the disappointment of TLOU1 fanbase….. this time we all know his true intentions and he cannot fool us again. He also can’t do sth even more shocking to trigger us and purchase his abomination. To kill Abby ? To kill Ellie ? NOBODY gives a dumb f….. most of the gamers don’t care about the fate of these characters. The man we all loved and cried for is DOA.
 
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John Bilbo

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My guess is the protagonist will be the boyish girl with no hair from the religious community with Abby as her mentor.
 

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Let's hope the infected won't be put in the backseat as much as part 2 again.
Honestly my least favorite part of any Zombie/infected apocalypse story is the “MaN iS tRuE MoNsTeR” aspect. Its just endlessly depressing, and evil humans are not as interesting as a mysterious infection or monsters
 
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The bad guy is gonna be the mother of the rabbit
 

Md Ray

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It's definitely time for a new IP. They've been carrying Uncharted and The Last of Us since PS3-era and we haven't had any new IP throughout PS4 gen from them.
 

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Going to repeat my desire that this is the closing part of the story, and sees Ellie fulfilling her destiny / desire to save the world from the plague, in one way or another.
 

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Id like them to take a break from the last of us for abit. And uncharted for that matter, i would love to see a fantastical (as in not grounded) new ip from them. They are so talented, but they have been making the same games for a while. Last of us was fresh in 2013 after 3 uncharted games, i want a fresh new ip from them like that was
Too late, journalists made them believe they developed "the citizen of kane" of video games. So be excited for the next edgy melodrama.
 

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The Last of Us is in my top 5 games of all time, but Part II just wrecked my interest for more parts in the series.

This is me. The gameplay is amazing, but the story is super trash. I prefer to believe part 2 never existed.

I can't see a move on plot. I'll playing the first Last of Us while they make a new IP.
 
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Umbasaborne

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Too late, journalists made them believe they developed "the citizen of kane" of video games. So be excited for the next edgy melodrama.
Dont you mean the “Schindler's List” of video games...lol at least according to that one whack job on twitter
 

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I want a full game of Lev going about their business in a modern fungus zombie kind of way.
 

Ezquimacore

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But honestly, naughty dog is talented as fuck and their technical aspect is one of the best, they should explore something like an open world rpg or something bigger. Their games are starting to feel the same.
 

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Noooooo. I wanted closure. I get that they are exhausted from creating such an emotionally draining game, but so are we. We need Ellie's redemption, and we need closure after such an exhausting game. Cant wait another 7 years for a sequel.

But then again, this means they are likely working on a new IP which is a good thing. Lets hope it doesnt take more than 3 years.
 

Maxwell Jacob Friedman

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Noooooo. I wanted closure. I get that they are exhausted from creating such an emotionally draining game, but so are we. We need Ellie's redemption, and we need closure after such an exhausting game. Cant wait another 7 years for a sequel.

But then again, this means they are likely working on a new IP which is a good thing. Lets hope it doesnt take more than 3 years.
they are working on a new IP right now, what they choose to do after that game is done will either be Part 3 or another new game. However one does question if they have a rough story planned out already it would be easy to go to Part 3 since its already somewhat planned, compared to starting from straight scratch.