With The Last of Us Part II leaving the end open for Ellie, a lot of fans are wondering what we could expect with a third game. Though development is sure to be under wraps for the title, Neil Druckmann gives a very vague answer when it came to his update on Part III.
“… with The Last of Us, it’s up to us whether we want to continue it or not. Our process is the same thing we did when we did Part 2, which is if we can come up with a compelling story that has this universal message and statement about love — just like the first and second game did — then we will tell that story. If we can’t come up with something, we have a very strong ending with Part 2 and that will be the end.”
With The Last of Us series on HBO Max being a huge hit, rumors have been flying around that a third game is already in development. While Druckmann’s answers make it feel like Part III hasn’t been greenlit yet, some are convinced that he’s actually being purposefully vague, since we’re still a few years away before the official announcement.
As far as story goes, I don’t think the franchise is going to end with the bleak world where the cordyceps have ruled over the Earth. If we’re just following arcs, I think the third game may actually have Ellie face the consequences of being immune, and we could get a story that finally leads to a cure.
Then again, I’m always up for stories that completely take me off guard. I’m hoping that Druckmann manages to keep the same level of emotional manipulation if The Last of Us Part III ever gets made.
For now, catch The Last of Us games now available for PlayStation. Watch out for The Last of Us series now streaming on HBO Max.