The Last of Us has been a hugely successful franchise for Naughty Dog and the PlayStation platform. The story-heavy games have been met with critical acclaim and financial success, despite the divisiveness of the second chapter. Naughty Dog is a prolific developer and has created several iconic franchises like Uncharted, Crash Bandicoot, and Jak and Daxter. The team has been a big asset for PlayStation for years, and most recently with the popular Last of Us series. Based on rumors and confirmed information, it seems as though the developer's future is with The Last of Us, at least in the short term.
The Last of Us is considered one of the best games of all time by many gamers for its impressive storytelling, atmosphere, and character-driven story. The widespread critical acclaim and financial success it earned led many to believe a sequel would be made. The Last of Us Part 2 was released in June 2020 to critical acclaim but it received a divisive reaction from many franchise fans, largely due to unexpected narrative twists. Naughty Dog and PlayStation look set to push forward with the franchise in several different ways, meaning that Naughty Dog could be kept busy for some time to come. And even if the new IP rumors are indeed true, it runs the risk of being overshadowed by Ellie's Journey.
One of Naughty Dog's confirmed Last of Us projects is the multiplayer mode for The Last of Us Part 2. There has been no confirmed release date for multiplayer, but fans have been nonetheless excited. It's unclear what the mode will be exactly, with speculation ranging from it being an updated version of Factions multiplayer from the first game to something entirely different. Regardless of what shape the mode takes, it has been suggested that it's become more ambitious than originally intended. Many fans expect that The Last of Us 2's multiplayer won't launch until 2022 due to the lack of information about the mode.
Neil Druckmann, from Naughty Dog, has stated that The Last of Us 2's multiplayer will be worth the wait. With no confirmed release date, many gamers expect that the developer is hard at work on the multiplayer mode, and the team is waiting for the right time to reveal it formally. Naughty Dog is bound to be kept busy with the in-development multiplayer features. This is one of the few confirmed Last of Us-related projects in the works, but if rumors are to be believed, the team could be busier than most realize.
News recently broke that there is a fully-fledged remake of The Last of Us in development at Naughty Dog. This news caught many fans by surprise. The original game was released in 2013, just 8 years ago. Some fans consider this to be unnecessary, while others are looking forward to playing the original classic in an updated fashion. The use of the word remake in the report suggests that this is beyond retexturing models and refining game mechanics. Traditionally, a remake would mean that the game is being developed again from the ground up. There has been no official confirmation of a remake from Naughty Dog or Sony, but if it's true, Naughty Dog's future will revolve around The Last of Us more than many anticipated.