According to a report over at VG247, the gaming giant may already be working on a sequel to The Last of Us, which was one of 2013’s best. Games. Ever. (All right, all right, we'll call it a little masterpiece.)
They’re basing this rumor on the LinkedIn profile of Michael Knowland, who was an ex-Lead Character Artist for the first game. He recently left Naughty Dog and now works at Avalanche.
Now. Back to his profile.
Knowland claimed to have worked for a month on The Last of Us 2 (this has since -- surprise, surprise -- been removed, but a screenshot was taken before it was taken off) as well as working on the main character of Nathan Drake for Uncharted 4. You'll see that it means Naughty Dog may already have been working on the game since early this year.
Have a look:
VG also reports that The Last of Us 2 had only been added recently, and that it was previously listed as Untitled AAA Game. This is what it still says on the profile of current Naughty Dog employee Frank Tzeng.
Now, this doesn’t mean that the game will actually see the light of day, since it’s not that unusual for studios to start working on a game before they are completely scrapped.
Also, because of the way the first game ended, there are not that many ways to go for a sequel. One of the possibilities available is that it could feature some brand-new characters. But hey, we're not saying there's no possible direct sequel either. We certainly don't want to spoil the ending for those who have not yet played the game. Let's just say that in Naughty Dog we trust.
On the cool side, director Sam Raimi is currently trying to bring The Last of Us to the big screen, with Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams keen to star as Ellie despite the no script, no director yet situation.
In the meanwhile, let's cross our fingers that there will be an official announcement for The Last of Us 2 at next year’s E3.