The Last Of Us is a modern masterpiece of the highest order. It's the second incredible brand new IP of the generation that Naughty Dog has produced.
And if Uncharted can have sequels, why not The Last Of Us ? Well, studio creative director Neil Druckmann told the PlayStation Blog that in fact, the universe "is ripe for more stories." However, that doesn't mean Joel and Ellie will return:
"I think the world is ripe for more stories, but as far as the journey Joel and Ellie goes on it ends with this game. We were very conscious that we didn't want to leave this story dangling. If we never do a sequel we're OK with it, because we told the story we needed to tell."
Druckmann also added a clarifying point about the storyline: A virus has decimated mankind in the game, but we never learn much about that virus; we don't really get a lot of specifics. However, Druckmann said that this was intentional because it's "not what the story is about." Above all else, he said it's about the two characters and their journey, which is precisely how we saw it in our review. This is absolutely character-driven in every way, shape and form, and it's greatly appreciated.
And dear Lord is it good.
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