Speaking about his studio’s successes, Neil Druckmann revealed that Naughty Dog has no plans to make new Uncharted games, as the studio “moves on” from the legendary franchise. His other franchise The Last of Us is in a similar situation: Druckmann has stated that making The Last of Us Part 3 depends on the studio being able to come up with a “compelling story.”
With several successful Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises under its belt, Naughty Dog was acquired by Sony in 2001. The studio followed up its extensive legacy with the Uncharted franchise and The Last of Us for PlayStation consoles. However, Druckmann feels there is no pressure from parent company Naughty Dog to continue with both series, and that Sony remains supportive of the studio’s desire to “follow its passions”.
(Sony) supported us every step of the way to follow our passions – meaning just because something is successful, people think there’s all this pressure and we have to make a sequel. This is not the case.
For us, Uncharted has been wildly successful – Uncharted 4 was one of our best-selling games – and we can put our last brushstroke on this story and say we’re done. We move on.
Additionally, Druckman doesn’t feel the need to make a sequel to 2018’s The Last of Us Part 2 unless there is a universal and powerful story to tell:
Also, with The Last of Us, it’s up to us if we want to continue it or not. Our process is the same as we did when we made Part 2, which is if we can come up with a compelling story that has this universal message and statement about love – just like the first and second games did – then we’ll tell that story. If we can’t come up with something, we have a very strong ending with part 2 and that will be the end.
While Naughty Dog is in no rush to make the next The Last of Us entry, the franchise is still going strong: a full-scale multiplayer game is in the works, HBO’s adaptation of the original title is receiving critical acclaim, and the studio has teased more announcements for the summer. PC players will also soon be able to pick up The Last of Us Remastered, which we found to be “by far the best way to experience the first game.”