The Last of Us Part III Potential Discussed by Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann

In an interview, Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann and Hailey Gross open up about a potential The Last of Us Part III.

Editor’s Note: Endgame spoilers for The Last of Us Part II are touched on in this article.

In an interview with Indiewire, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann and Halley Gross opened up about the possibility of a The Last of Us Part III.

Druckmann says for there to be a Part III, it would have to have a story that matches the emotional depths of the other games in the series. He goes onto say that finding the story for Part II was harder and it’d only get harder going forward. “There’s already so many things you’ve seen about the backstory, about how the outbreak happens, so we’d really have to figure out how to create a new experience that matches the emotional impact of these stories and I don’t know what that is. Currently,” says Druckmann.

As the game nears its end, one question that comes up is whether or not Dina and Ellie would reconcile. Gross says that despite everything that happened in the story, she wants Ellie to find love in the end, even if it seems impossible in the post-apocalyptic world.

“Whatever we say here ultimately doesn’t matter,” says Druckmann. “Everything you need to understand the story is in the game, and whatever players take from it… their interpretation is right. At least until if we ever make another game and then we can argue about it then. But personally, to me, Ellie is finally able to get past her ego and this whole obsession. We’d often use the metaphor of talking about her revenge as a drug and Ellie as a kind of drug addict, and that’s ultimately why Dina left. She’s like ‘this girl’s hit bottom and it’s still not enough, I can’t help her anymore.'”

The Last of Us Part II is available now on the PlayStation 4. You can expect our review of the game to come in the next few days. If you’re looking for more insights on The Last of Us Part II, you can read all about how the sound designers created the Infected’s noises.

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