Last of Us 3: Release Date, Story & More...

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Just about everyone has played The Last of Us: Part II and thirsts for a sequel. Let's find out together what we already know about the story and the release of the game we all are waiting for.
Dina and Ellie Kiss
Will we see them together again? | © Naughty Dog

Neil Druckmann from Naughty Dog revealed some details about The Last of Us Part 3 in the Script Apart podcast. The story has already been outlined by Druckmann and his co-author Halley Gross for the third part. But the director remains very tight-lipped about possible development. But the fact that Druckmann has already planned the third part is very good news for fans of the franchise.

However, with other projects also in the works, we shouldn't expect the whole team to rush straight into the sequel. Obviously, Naughty Dog wants to give the sequel a little room to breathe.

When Is The Last of Us Part 3 Release Date?

Neil Druckmann revealed last year that it was trickier to find the emotional core of the story in Part 2 than in The Last of Us Part I due to the experiences and previous knowledge of the players. So it will be even more difficult to grab the fans emotionally and to bring innovations in The Last of Us Part 3.

The original Last of Us was released in 2013 and Part II was released 7 years later in 2020, so we imagine no sooner than 2025. Even an official announcement still seems to be a ways off. We have to be patient a little longer.

How Will The Story Continue In The Last of Us Part 3?

Attention! You can expect spoilers about The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II in the following.

In the second game, Ellie was looking for revenge for Joel's murder and had to handle her relationship with her friend Dina. Those who played the game will know that a lot of things were left unanswered: Ellie let Abby alive, and Dina vanished after Ellie ignored her pleas to stay. So there is plenty of room for a continuation with Ellie as the main character again, which would certainly be the wish of many players as well. And it's a sure-bet that Abby will be included again. There may even be a third main character, with a new personal story.

Abby Anderson Last of Us Part II
Will there be another confrontation? | © Naughty Dog

In The Last of Us Part 3, the story will probably come full circle. The Last of Us 2 was primarily about the conflict between Ellie and Abby and their respective struggles to come to terms with a personal loss. The Cordyceps pandemic, on the other hand, was rarely discussed.

This higher story strand will probably be concluded in Part 3. And the template already exists: Abby could take over her father's legacy and develop the vaccine, and Ellie carries the antibody. So Ellie could still complete what Joel once couldn't bring himself to do. This would also follow a certain order, which would be: love, revenge, redemption.... (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). Especially when Ellie and Abby have to cooperate. That offers a lot of potential for exciting conflicts! If you ask me, I hope that Naughty Dog will go for a happy ending.

Ellie and Joel, Last of Us
Last of Us: Part I, soon playable on the ps5? | © Naughty Dog

Upcoming Projects From Naughty Dog

The fact that Naughty Dog is working on more than one game in the TloU universe has already been confirmed. Even though there are no official announcements yet, we already have a good idea of what the projects could be:

  • Last of Us: Part II Director's Cut: The Last of Us 2 is supposed to be the next title to get a Director's Cut on the PS5. Apparently, we can expect more than just polished visuals, smooth 60 FPS and faster loading times. The Last of Us 2 Director's Cut is supposed to make some changes to the original and offer new content.
  • Last of Us: Stand-alone Multiplayer:The planned multiplayer for The Last of Us 2 will be an independent successor to the Factions-mode from the first part. Naughty Dog has already confirmed this. Everything else is just rumors: Factions 2 will supposedly be free-to-play and financed via microtransactions. The studio also wants to bring their expertise in storytelling into the multiplayer project.
  • Last of Us: Part I PS5 Remake:The remake of the first part is still a big mystery. It is very likely that it exists, but it is unclear how many changes Naughty Dog will make to the original. Until now, it was always said that the remake would still be ready in 2022. However, the suspicion is that the game will be marketed parallel to The Last of Us TV show.

2022 already seems to be an epic year for computer games. At the next Sony State of Play, which according to insiders will take place in March, we will hopefully get more information about The Last of Us 3 and many other games that we are eagerly looking forward.