The Last of Us 2: Joel actor says he would return, series "not a money grab"

Troy Baker says he would gladly accept a role in a follow-up to Naughty Dog's 2013 PlayStation 3 action game.

If The Last of Us 2 does indeed happen, Joel actor Troy Baker would gladly sign up to be a part of it, the prolific voice actor said in a new interview. He explained that he's so drawn to developer Naughty Dog because he believes they are out to tell great stories and aren't in the business of making games for money alone.

"Of course [I'd come back]," Baker told IGN. "What I love again is they're not going to tell a story if they don't have one to tell. The Last of Us is not a money grab. If there's a role for me in something in the future to do with The Last of Us, absolutely I would do it, twice on Sunday."

Baker also offered up his assessment of The Last of Us expansion Left Behind (our Game Of The Month for February), saying he thoroughly enjoyed it and believes it was "two of the best hours of gameplay that I've had in a long time."

Late last month, The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann said Naughty Dog has not yet decided if it will make a sequel to the game. "Right now I'd say it's 50/50," Druckmann said regarding the odds that the studio makes a second entry in the series.

Naughty Dog has at least two internal development teams. While it remains to be see what the Last of Us developers will do next (they are also considering making a new IP), another Naughty Dog team is currently at work on an all-new Uncharted game for the PlayStation 4. This project was dealt a blow recently, as director and writer Amy Hennig departed the studio for reasons unknown.

Yesterday, Naughty Dog confirmed that the Last of Us movie is moving forward, with Druckmann writing the script.

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xtekemo
xtekemo

I honestly do think TLOU could get a sequel, I feel as if naughty dog didn't give me (personally) enough closure for the ending to sit well with me. Just the mere fact that Joel and Ellie are alive opens the door to a sequel. Ellie could turn against joel or get kidnapped. Theres so many ways this could go. Don't lose hope in a sequel because TLOU is one beast of a game and it would be a shame that we would be limited to only seeing it once in one title .

AlClemist
AlClemist

I would love to see a sequel maybe another story dlc.  They haven't released a story based on tommy i would like to learn more from him how he settled.  i play the story over and over again so good. 

crymore_noob
crymore_noob

In the sequel I would like to play as a firefly agent trying to make vaccine, but in the end brutally killed by Joel (the last boss)

Qixote
Qixote

Obviously there will be a prequel.  I could see this after the first 10 minutes of TLOU when it suddenly skipped from younger Joel to older Joel.

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

There's no need for a sequel to be honest because The Last of Us had  so much emotion with it whilst you was playing a sequel just wouldn't work in my eyes. The reason The Last of Us was so memorable was because it was a game that had a very good idea behind it and seeing it repeated in a sequel would not have the same effect on gamers.

ni6htmare01
ni6htmare01

I love how The Last of Us ended. I love it so much that I almost hate to see a sequel with Joe and Ellie. Maybe they can make a game about Joe's brother Tommy and how he survive all these years and end up build the town that he live!

technashville
technashville

Look. All you folks screaming that this should be a standalone game are full of it. I personally as a professional writer (who is actually employed full time at a metro newspaper, aka not one of those "professional writers" who are jobless), can think of about a dozen ways this story can continue. Personally, I'd like to see an older Ellie being central in the new plot (think Laura Croft à la Tomb Raider). While The Fireflies were a bust, who is to say there is still not some other means of eradicating the virus, or someone smart enough to figure out what has happened in Ellie's specific case? For people whining about, "it would just be another survival game:" What's wrong with that? I bet you same folks watch The Walking Dead year after year. Sorry for the rant. It just me angry to no end that some people out there have absolutely no imagination.

EcksTheory
EcksTheory

@technashville Hahahahahahahah the metro lol Like that rag gives you any credibility. And if you think the point of the game was to save the human race, you werent paying attention.

jecomans
jecomans

@technashville I would guess the issue Naughty Dog are dealing with now is not whether they could do a sequel, which they of course could with the world they've set up (with or without Joel and/or Ellie), but whether or not they should do it. TLoU had such a perfect and open ending (and I'm guessing most players have imagined what happens from there), that adding to the story could retroactively ruin the experience.

technashville
technashville

I've always found those that complain about 'the rag' to be the most dedicated readers. Thanks so much for reading, from the bottom of my heart. And my wallet thanks you.

technashville
technashville

I've always found those that call the metro papers rags to be their most loyal readers. So: Thanks for reading. The point of this game wasn't to save the human race, and I don't believe I typed that. But that doesn't mean it couldn't be a side product of the series, in addition to teaching us more about humanity.

technashville
technashville

Thanks for the reply and making several good points. I can appreciate an open ending. TLoU had the best open ending in a game I've ever witnessed. I just think there are so many more artful directions this story could continue into. We've watched these characters develop so much in such a short time, and I want to see how their relationship will be affected by all that happens in the last 10 minutes of the game.

jecomans
jecomans

@technashville I'm so torn about whether I want that or not? For many reasons I think I'd find it easier to start playing a sequel with all new characters in a different period of time after the outbreak. 

I do know that ND haven't done wrong by me in 18 years, and I trust the integrity of Straley and Druckmann. So I know if they do make the decision to carry the story forward in some fashion it is because they believe they have something important, and necessary, to add. I have so many conflicting thoughts about it, that the trust ND approach may be the best?

wushdishmeen
wushdishmeen

I love The Last Of Us but I cannot see a purpose for a sequel. First off,  I can't see where the game would go storywise.  The ending didn't really paint a picture of a future that would render a great story to compliment the game play.  All that's left is trying to survive and not get killed.  What's the motivation behind that?  Certainly nothing grandiose enough to be a new story.


If anything I would rather a new lengthly DLC that let's us experience the back story of Henry & Sam from the point of the outbreak up until they bump into Joel & Ellie.


If not that,  then I rather them work on a new IP and see what they can come up with.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Thanks to the last couple of years Baker has really rose to prominence in voice acting (even though he's actually been doing it for quite awhile). He's virtually a gamer's household name now, like Nolan North, Jennifer Hale and David Hayter.

Incubus420
Incubus420

@hadlee73  I agree, however, Nolan and Baker do a lot more variety of games.  Either way good to see he is passionate about working on games and isn't just once of the Hollywood rejects trying to get a foot in the door an leave. 


hadlee73
hadlee73

@Incubus420 @hadlee73  Yeah I can imagine the job interviews. North and Baker would both be "Well, I've done all these games and voiced a few animated TV series" whereas Hayter would be "What, you've never heard of Snake?" :)

gamesareneato
gamesareneato

I'm a pc gamer.  I have had many of the long list of available consoles (I miss you Dreamcast  and 3DO)  but they never keep my interest due to most console games lacking replay value, acceptable graphics and character in general... BUT, when I seen the Last of Us and watched the beginning of a walkthrough I almost walked out of my house and went to purchase this game.  Good luck on your future endeavors and I hope you can continue to tell interesting well developed stories like this one. (No matter how controversial they become)

rattlehead_1983
rattlehead_1983

Money grab is ridiculous term beyond words.


Is there any developer that doesnt expect $$$ when they're making game? I mean seriously.... is that even make sense? 


Even a free game that you downloaded IOS, the developer received money from ad.

wushdishmeen
wushdishmeen

@rattlehead_1983 You missed the point entirely.  He specifically said, "Not JUST in it for the money", not that they don't care about money at all.  Of course profits are involved in every game (or they hope so).  The money grabs being inferred are titles like Call Of Duty which literally repackage the same game over and over using the same game engine and call it something different.  It gets released every year because fanboys of the series will keep buying it no matter what.  Easy $60 cash grab with no thought or imagination put behind it.

The Last Of Us is a game that was developed for many years from scratch with a totally new story, characters, and gameplay mechanics.  It's a real "project" whereas a lot of developers out there just focus on what's good for their bottom line.  If Naughty Dog wanted to make the most money they would of made TLoU a first person shooter with no substance,  a half ass 6hr campaign,  and total reliance on multiplayer.

Troy Baker is a great voice over artist with versatility.  Some of his roles sound like him... but Joel sounds NOTHING like him and he nails it perfectly.  Kudos to him!

FretsOfDeath
FretsOfDeath

a sequel is pointless. enough was already said and done with the first one that a sequel would only be repeating it all over again. Even if they changed characters, aside from scenery, nothing would change. it would be boring. and if they tried to change too much to make it more original all people would do is complain that it wasn't enough like the first one and visa versa. 

Mortz_88
Mortz_88

The Last of Us 2 needs to happen, there is so much potential in this series, they have only scratched the surface

yngsten
yngsten

@Mortz_88  

I agree, it's not really a problem, if people don't like the idea of a second game, then don't buy it. It's not like Asassins Creed ending each game on a cliffhanger with big promises of the "revelations" coming in the next. 

jecomans
jecomans

@Mortz_88 I'd rather a new story did not revisit Joel or Ellie; leave the sanctity of that experience intact. The ending was so perfect and open, as to invite us to imagine where it went from there, that any additions could retroactively spoil it for people. It should follow a different group, from a different post-outbreak time period. 

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

Its getting to that milking point though.

Got a movie coming out and possibly a sequel to an amazing game that doesn't need a sequel.

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

Most games don't need or deserve a sequel, but the Last of Us could benefit from one. Without going into spoilers, I think the story could be continued.

lostn
lostn

I like that ND talks about what they're working on, or what they are considering, instead of remaining tight lipped and refusing to confirm any details even if they are really obvious, until late. I just hope they don't take too long to make a game.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

When people go out of their way to mention that something is not a money grab, they're practically confirming it is.

lostn
lostn

@Bellum_Sacrum Money grabs are obvious. For example endless DLC (including things cut out of the final game to sell as DLC). They only made one SP DLC and have no plans for more. A sequel would already be in the works if it was a money grab.

weFest0507
weFest0507

@lostn @Bellum_Sacrumday 1 dlc for 1.99 faster crafting and 1.99 for faster reloading. what used to be a few button clicks known as cheats. shoe horned MP with season pass, map pack bs. ND has done nothing but given into some of the worst practices. what they did with UC3 is definitely worse though imo.

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

@weFest0507 @lostn@Bellum_SacrumWhat does any of that have to do with the game? It's an entirely complete game without that, plus thats for the tacked on multiplayer that no one cares about. The single player is 100 percent, they ADDED to it with DLC, and are not jumping right into TLOU2....


So they exploited a few cheaters? Who cares, those people are morons to begin with, might as well make a few bucks off them.

akassassin11
akassassin11

@Bellum_Sacrum Huh? He said he would do it if it *WASNT JUST* a money grab. kids freaking out over a simple statement, lmao. Good ol gamespot.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

Only Eddie would source from IGN, Gamespot's  biggest competitor. I'm sure they appreciate the free traffic. 

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@bubba_1988  sometimes it cannot be helped. ign has very close ties to people like troy baker, nolan north and shu yoshida thanks to greg miller and colin moriarty over at ign. they get first dibs on a lot of exclusive playstation news.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

troy baker has got to be the busiest and most talented voice actor in the business. his resume is astounding. with more titles on the way such as voicing the protagonist in infamous ss, ocelot in mgs v (and maybe even the joker in arkham knight?) this guy cannot be topped. troy, before you take on the role of joel in tlou sequel, maybe you should take a little vacation first? :D

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@Xristophoros  


If Kevin Conroy is in Arkham Knight, Best believe Mark Hamill will be in it as well.

Not to mention, they killed Joker at the end of Arkham CIty, So...it could be kinda of retarded to not only bring him back, but to also give him another voice actor who didn't really do a good job as the Joker to begin with. All he did was try to mimick Hamill as best as he could, instead of making it his own role.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@notfrylock1987 i think baker did a great job as joker. also, we as the audience don't know what is to become of the joker after arkham city. i won't be surprised if he is still alive and kicking. comics and movies tease the death of characters all the time.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

Bioshock never needed a sequel and it got one that disappointed. I personally don't think TLoU needs a sequel either.

Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

@stage4saiyan  at least a sequel would be made by the same team from the first. Irrational didn't make Bioshock 2. But yeah, a sequel is kinda unnecessary

sdnoriko
sdnoriko

The Last of Us 2 should be subtitled "On Closer Inspection, There's Actually A Bunch More of Us".

lostn
lostn

@sdnoriko The title isn't literal. 'Last' doesn't always mean only one. "We are the last of 6 billion" could refer to a million people or more.

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

A movie and a second game... no ... not a money grab.

lostn
lostn

@Poison-tooth There is no second game. He's speaking hypothetically if they create one. He isn't sure if they will. They aren't sure if they will. Because unless they have a story to tell, they aren't going to do one. This isn't Gears or Halo where the series has a conclusion, but then they decided they needed more money.