Over the weekend, the sequel to The Last of Us was announced by Naughty Dog. Ellie and Joel will return in The Last of Us Part II for another intense, harrowing, and emotional adventure. The game is currently in development, and it’s still early days. No information was provided on the release date, except that “release is a ways off”, meaning towards end of 2017 or even early 2018.
Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog has the following to say at PSX:
“I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to finally be able to say that Ellie and Joel are back for another intense, harrowing, and emotional adventure. Like many of you, we have a deep love for the world of The Last of Us and its characters, and while a sequel may have seemed like a foregone conclusion, it wasn’t the case. We knew that it needed to be a story worth telling and, perhaps more importantly, a story worthy of Joel and Ellie. After spending years on different ideas (and almost giving up), we finally uncovered a story that felt special—a story that evolved into an epic journey.
“It’s still early days for the project–the game’s release is a ways off–but we couldn’t wait any longer to give you a glimpse of what’s to come. We’re going to let the trailer speak for itself, but expect more information about The Last of Us Part II in the coming months.”