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Neil Druckmann admits it’s “hard to justify” another The Last of Us sequel

Published: 25/Jun/2020 7:03

by Isaac McIntyre


Naughty Dog vice-president Neil Druckmann has admitted it will be “hard to justify” another The Last of Us sequel to round out the post-apocalyptic series, despite how well-received Part II has been since its June 19 release.

The Last of Us series finally got a second main-series installment this month, after a seven-year wait for fans of the cult classic. Now writer Druckmann has warned this may be the final entry “for a long while”. Basically, there’s no ‘trilogy’ sequel in sight.

Why? Well, like many storytellers, Naughty Dog wants to get it “just right.” If there’s no way for them to expand on their established characters, as well as the world and themes, the devs won’t pull the trigger on a third The Last of Us game.

“I think the test for whether or not to make a ‘Part III’ would be a similar test to what we did with ‘Part II’. With the first game, there were no expectations. It was like we could do anything, but now we’ve established certain characters and themes,” Druckmann admitted in an interview with IndieWire.

There many not be another The Last of Us sequel from Naughty Dog if the devs can't find the
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There may not be a The Last of Us trilogy installment if the devs can’t find the “perfect story.”

“It felt like to justify making a ‘Part II’ we had to do something not that fans would just be comfortable with, but do something that would match the emotional core we found in the first game. Without that, there’d be no reason to do a ‘Part III’.”

Druckmann added Naughty Dog found it “much harder” to find that same drive for the sequel. They did eventually find the story they wanted to tell. Unfortunately, it took them nearly half a decade to find the same spark as the 2013 original.

“Finding it with the sequel was much harder than it was with the first [title] and going forward it would be exponentially harder to justify going back to that world and finding a way to vary things up [all over again],” he continued.

“There’s already so many things you’ve seen about the backstory, about how the outbreak happens. We’d really have to create a new experience that matches the emotional impact of these stories. I don’t know what that is… currently.”

Naughty Dog expanded Ellie's personal growth and relationships in The Last of Us Part II.
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Naughty Dog expanded Ellie’s personal growth and relationships in The Last of Us Part II.

Naughty Dog certainly seems to have landed right on the money with the “emotional impact” in their sequel too. The second installment is filled with twists ⁠— many of which leaked early ⁠— and it’s already splitting opinions.

In the eyes of critics, the sequel has been nothing short of spectacular. Part II is already being tipped by many to be crowned game of the year by some. Conversely, the sequel has been slapped with an “unfavorable” 4.4 fan rating on Metacritic.

The Last of Us Part II's heart-wrenching story has split fans and critics right down the middle.
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TLOU Part II’s heart-wrenching story has split fans and critics right down the middle.

There isn’t a new video game on the horizon any time soon, according to Druckmann. That doesn’t mean TLOU fans will go wanting though. Naughty Dogs’ series is officially heading to the small screen as HBO’s next blockbuster production.

In March, The Hollywood Reporter reported the series will cover the events from Part I, with the “possibility” of it delving into Part II in the future. The show has yet to confirm a release date, but casting is already underway.


Dr Disrespect trolls mobile gamers and players take the bait

Published: 26/Nov/2020 12:49

by David Purcell


Dr Disrespect has taken a cheeky swipe at mobile gamers on Twitter, asking how anybody can even consider it to be a “serious” way to play – but players are fighting their corner. 

The Two-Time has had a whirlwind 2020 by all accounts. He’s moved platforms from Twitch to YouTube, and while some might have expected his influence on the gaming world to perhaps decrease in that move – he’s still one of the best at stirring the pot.

Of course, a lot of franchises that made their name on PC and console, like Call of Duty, PUBG, FIFA and Fortnite, have brought their games to iOS and Android.

Though, Doc doesn’t seem to be a fan.

Dr Disrespect takes aim at mobile gamers

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Dr Disrespect has turned into a mainstream symbol of the streaming world, and sure knows how to get people talking.

On November 26, literally out of nowhere in vintage Doc style, he decided to joke about the idea of playing games on mobile.

He said: “I’ve got 3 state-of-the-art 1ms speed color calibrated monitors staring at me, a keyboard with titan switch optical keystrokes and a mouse that weighs literally nothing backed by a 200k multi pc setup….and you have the guts to tell me mobile gaming is a serious thing?”

As you might expect, he’s sparked a huge debate in the replies – with some arguing for and against his point of view.

One user, by the name of Yettobegin, said: “Well Dr.D not everyone can afford a good PC setup and that’s why mobile gaming is so popular in southern Asian countries.. Anyways I don’t hear any mobile gamers fighting for validation as a “Gamer”.. If u want to play in mobile and have fun who cares?!”

If you thought that was a strong response, wait until you see this.

Tribe Gaming’s Ferg challenged the self-professed best video gamer in the world to a 1v1 in CoD Mobile, with $100,000 on the line. As of writing, that has not been accepted, but it shows there’s certainly a lot of people out there wanting to prove him wrong.

This was not the only challenge, with Elijah Jackson offering a $10,000 wager of his own.

XSET Juicy, who plays PUBG Mobile competitively, also fired back – saying maybe gaming on mobile is too “difficult” for Doc to handle.

Nothing might come from this or Dr Disrespect actually might take up one of the offers, in a way to shoot down mobile gamers who stand in his way.

No matter what, though, he’s certainly achieved his objective of drumming up some debate. What happens next should be interesting.