Naughty Dog Teases The Last Of Us Story DLC Plans
Take this as your big spoiler warning before going any further.
The Last of Us is already a very, very strong contender for Game of the Year despite the fact that we still have quite a few games on their way at the end of the year. The journey crafted by Naughty Dog that introduces us to survivors Joel and Ellie is so beautifully complete that fans of the title were questioning how story-DLC would work. Naughty Dog decided it was time to clear a few misconceptions up.
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In a previous interview, Neil Druckmann, Creative Director on The Last Of Us, was quoted saying:
I think the world is ripe for more stories, but as far as the journey Joel and Ellie goes on it ends with this game. We were very conscious that we didn’t want to leave this story dangling. If we never do a sequel, we’re okay with it, because we told the story we needed to tell.
In a more recent interview, he was able to clarify what he meant by that initial statement. Apparently, Joel and Ellie’s journey includes all the Firefly conflicts and the overall arching theme of searching for a cure. Naughty Dog doesn’t want to re-visit that at all, but does suggest that Joel and Ellie could feature again if they find something else to fight for.
“There are people in the studio that would love to come back to these characters.” Before you get your hopes, the only way they’d return is if they “had something new, something meaningful to say” because “the last thing we would want to do is repeat ourselves.”
Speaking more specifically about the upcoming DLC, Druckmann revealed that the team is planning to explore more of the characters the world has to offer, as well as more of the world itself. So, equally vague then.
Regardless, Naughty Dog seem to understand how perfect their ending was, only planning to infringe on it if they have a really good reason to do so. Would you expect any more from them?