There are a lot of directions that Naughty Dog could take The Last of Us franchise. Whether it be a continuation of the relationship between Joel and Ellie, or an adventure with an entire new cast, we all have our reservations about the genius of [The Last of Us](movie:1190382) being tainted by subpar sequels.
The prequel zone has already been visited in the wondrous The Last of Us: Left Behind. However, if The Last of Us 2 was to follow suit and have a prequel taking the centre stage on the PS4, would you want it to star Joel, Tommy and Tess, or perhaps focus on one of these individuals? Let's take a look at the possibilities!
The Last of Us 2 - A PS4 Prequel
The idea of a prequel is a tough one, particularly when it comes to characters we've already met. For instance we know what happens to all of these 3 leads. We know whether they die, their aspirations and where they've come from. But that's not to say that other aspects of their characters cannot be explored in a full game.
For instance, we don't know all that much about Tess. Tommy's life is also a bit of a mystery after the events of the prologue and the 20 year gap following it. But does that mean that they'd make great characters to star in a prequel? Personally, I see no real reason to delve into the survival of Joel 20 years after the event with his daughter. His character was extremely well explored in The Last of Us and we kind of know everything about him that we need to.
The Last of Us 2 With Tommy & Tess
Therefore, these two characters are probably the most interesting ones that Naughty Dog could explore in a full prequel. However, perhaps they'd be more suited to secondary characters in a full narrative of another person. One that we haven't been introduced to.
If a new protagonist starred in The Last of Us prequel, we could have them engage with either Tommy or Tess over the course of the game, inadvertently delving into their respective pasts. But is this something that would interest the fans of The Last of Us franchise?
The Last of Us 2 - Marlene
Of all the characters in The Last of Us that could make a great prequel, I think Marlene is probably the best candidate. Seeing how she became the leader of the fireflies and how their revolution took place would be fascinating. We could see the effects of the virus from its infancy and watch as she and the fireflies take charge of the situation.
If a prequel was on the table for The Last of Us 2, who would you want it to star? Be sure to let us know in the comments below what you'd like to see from Naughty Dog!