The release date for Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4 is drawing ever closer. We're all waiting with bated breath to see whether this masterful studio can followup on what could be considered their greatest achievement to date, and surpass it (or at least equal it). But just beyond Nathan Drake's final adventure lies the promise of The Last of Us 2.
What direction should Naughty Dog take this fascinating IP? Could we see it extend to the same degree as Uncharted? Could we see Joel and Ellie become the face of an endless franchise of survival? Or should this famed studio surprise us with an unforeseen direction for The Last of Us and everything it accomplished.
The Last of Us 2 - No Joel Or Ellie, Set In Europe & Tons Of Gameplay Improvements
Is that a decent sentence that could encapsulate everything that could come from The last of Us 2? Are these the kind of leaps we want from Naughty Dog? Well, for sure, we can all agree on the latter. Even though The Last of Us is essentially a masterpiece of game design, a few gameplay fixes wouldn't go awry.
For instance, the AI in The Last of Us can be pretty awful. Whether it be followers walking into traps or ignoring enemies, or clickers getting stuck in walls, The Last of Us has tons of AI issues. We'd also like to see more challenging enemies, the kind of which Uncharted 4 has displayed. We want to be flanked, challenged and constantly surprised by our enemies abilities. Outside of gameplay improvements though, things become less clear about what could happen with The Last of Us 2.
One of the main discussion points for this sequel is that of location. Should we return to America and focus on how the outbreak has affected other States? Or should we expand onto other parts of the planet in an attempt to gain an understanding into how other countries were affected? Personally, I like the idea of seeing Naughty Dog set The Last of Us 2 outside of the US. Perhaps Europe? Or even Asia? I think we're all a bit jaded with post-apocalyptic narratives set within America.
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Then of course we come to our protagonists, Joel and Ellie. Everyone has a different take on whether the narrative of the sequel would suffer from their presence or not. Personally, I support the idea of leaving The Last of Us as it is. I don't want to go back and explore more of The Sopranos after its similarly-styled ending, so why would I want to with this?
I think Naughty Dog have beautifully explored Joel's character and the question of humanity. We were all made to care for Ellie and ultimately asked ourselves what we'd do in that same situation. It was the perfect goal for the game and I feel like they can move on and explore new characters on a new landmass for The Last of Us 2. But what do you think?