By Julia Smith
Neil Druckmann, co-creator of The Last of Us, confirmed a "concept" for The Last of Us Part III during the Grounded II: Making The Last of Us Part II documentary,.
Druckmann expressed excitement about the new concept, likening it to the first two entries and emphasizing a throughline for all three games.
The Last of Us Part III has long been theorized, and the confirmation has implications for the HBO series adaptation, potentially leading to more seasons.
The HBO series is set to adapt events from The Last of Us Part II, expanding the narrative beyond the first game.
Season 2 of the HBO series, scheduled for 2025, may cover events from The Last of Us Part II.
The original game followed Joel and Ellie's journey in a post-apocalyptic world, and Part II continued the narrative with a focus on vengeance.
Druckmann confirmed a separate story after Part II involving Joel's brother, Tommy, but clarified it is not part of the Part III concept.
The shelved Tommy story was described as a smaller project with potential future realization as a game or show.
Druckmann highlighted the privilege of working at Naughty Dog, expressing the studio's openness to new projects if developers are passionate about them.
The Last of Us Part II received critical acclaim, with a remastered version released for the PS5 and additional features.
Despite canceling The Last of Us Online, Naughty Dog continues to explore new game installments within The Last of Us universe, while the HBO series remains in development.
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