It’s strange how a single throwaway comment can put the internet rumour mills into absolute meltdown. This time around we can thank video game voice acting royalty Nolan North for providing us with a chink of hope in developer Naughty Dogs’ armour over the future of the Last of Us.
Speaking at MetroCon in Florida, North, who voices Nathan Drake in Naughty Dog’s other blockbuster series Uncharted, has given a slither of hope to fans of the multiple award winning 2013 release.
I know they’re doing Last of Us 2, but my character in Last of Us kind of met an untimely demise.
North voiced mega-bastard David in the original Last of Us who didn’t exactly see a happy ending after his troupe of cannibals crossed with Joel and Ellie.
To add to the fire, in December a former lead character artist at Naughty Dog Michael Knowland reportedly changed part of his LinkedIn profile to say that he had been working on head sculpts for Last of Us 2.
This particular piece of information might just be speculative, but it’s a pretty huge likelihood that Naughty Dog will go on to make sequels to one of the highest grossing games of 2013.
Troy Baker who voiced protagonist Joel has denied any involvement or knowledge of a sequel. He recently stated:
I know nothing. I don’t know if we’re gonna do another one or not.” “If we do, then I trust Neil [Druckmann, creative director] and Bruce [Straley, game director] and everyone at Naughty Dog to tell a story that needs to be told.
This could either mean that Baker is a much better secret keeper than North or that Joel may not feature, leaving potential for a new storyline wide open
Get excited people, this one could turn out to be true.
Mark is the Gaming Editor for UNILAD. Having grown up a gaming addict, he’s been deeply entrenched in culture and spends time away from work playing as much as possible. Mark studied music at University and found a love for journalism through going to local gigs and writing about them for local and national publications.