It was revealed from a news release by Naughty Dog that “The Last of Us 2” is currently in production with a 2017 release date. This surprised many in the video game industry as during the last year Naughty Dog has preached that they won’t make another installment for The Last of Us. Naughty Dog kept on noting that the last of us 2 was meant to be a standalone game between Uncharted 3 and Uncharted 4.
Naughty Dog didn’t expect for “The Last of Us” to become their most popular game yet. People who had never played a video game went out and purchased a Playstation 3 just so they could play this game. The reason is because The Last of Us had an emotional story that hit people right in their hearts. Joel and Ellie were the perfect set of characters to play as, Ellies connection to Joel as a daughter like figure allowed for people to get emotionally connected to both of these characters. After an emotional scene where Joel is in peril everyone became hooked on this game and they wanted more.
Naughty Dog stated the following, “We have been developing The Last of Us 2 since the day we finished making the first one. We knew that this game would reach high levels of popularity and we knew that a sequel would be demanded of us. We choose not to announce it in hopes that people would want the sequel that much more, we were correct and look forward to releasing the second installment in 2017.”