Would you prefer The Last of Us 2 or a new IP?

Developer Naughty Dog in the brainstorming stage for what comes after Uncharted on PS4.

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The team at Naughty Dog behind The Last of Us is contemplating its next project, and has currently brainstormed plans for a sequel to last year's acclaimed adventure and an entirely new IP. Which would you prefer?

In an interview with Eurogamer, creative director Neil Druckmann explained that the team is first looking to take a break--it will release single-player The Last of Us chapter Left Behind next week--and then think about whether it can tell another story in the game's universe.

"We just wrapped up Left Behind, and Bruce Straley, the game director, and I have been doing this for over four years now. So it's just time for a break, and to recharge the batteries," Druckmann said.

Straley and Druckmann will probably be able to have a bit of a rest, at least: Naughty Dog is split into two teams, with the other group currently working on the studio's next game: an Uncharted title for PlayStation 4.

"We have started brainstorming some stuff," continued Druckmann. "To be honest, some of them are sequel ideas, and some of them are brand new IP--we've spent the last few weeks brainstorming new IP. So we have to get some good steps and see... It's kind of like how we approached Left Behind. Can we tell people a story that's really worth telling, and that's not repeating itself? And if we can't, where can we get inspired--what is something that's really going to challenge us, and push storytelling in this medium forward?"

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences last night declared The Last of Us their 2013 game of the year, with Naughty Dog's game also picking up gongs for sound design, story, character, innovation, adventure, animation, art direction, visual engineering, and game direction.

Discussion

387 comments
birdog1996
birdog1996

as long as they make a sequel even if they make a new ip first would be awesome


birdog1996
birdog1996

they should do both a new ip and a sequel they can do it everybody i know wants a sequel

colbster
colbster

New IP. Futuristic / alien worlds but with humans. 

gallick_x
gallick_x

For once I would much rather have a sequel.

Ark1of712
Ark1of712

I think The Last of Us rolls off the tongue really well, and that even looking at TLOU is painful.

RaiNstrucK
RaiNstrucK

I vote for a new IP. Milking TLOU would dilute it.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

If TLoU 2 is a different story in a different settings, but shares some of the themes and gameplay - by all means, go with it. But I for sure don't need a copy-paste sequel with new assets.

pip3dream
pip3dream

TLoU 2 I think would cheapen the experience / story of the first one.  There is no compelling reason to really return to that story, at least for the length of another entire campaign.  I skipped Bioshock 2 for a similar reason- it feels too much like the sequel exists because of the money opportunity rather than the narrative opportunity. 

Benny_a
Benny_a

The last of 2 of course, dont care for new IP, give me 10 - 15 hour PS4 ONLY exclusive in the last of us world

23Jarek23
23Jarek23

TLoU was a perfect stand alone game. I'd like to see a new IP from ND. Preferably something Sci-Fi and set in the future.

blackothh
blackothh

I vote new IP. I hate when a company comes up with something amazing and then all of a sudden makes 7 more sequels. keep the creative juices flowing, make something different. Different and awesome is how The Last of Us got such high ratings.

pacocasares
pacocasares

The game they did with TLOF, survival meets adventure. Was such a fresh and beautifully crafted experience. Id like that again. Something that is not common or played. I also liked a lot that the Last of Us felt real, as you really were there, and the zombie apocalypse had such a strong influence to the world that it caused the lands to be the way they are.


Id like them to think really outside of the box, and do something that they really want to do. After the last four games I have played from them, I rarely finish games any more, but I had no problem with Uncharted and TLOU and I can't wait for the next game. I trust in Naughty Dog in what ever decision they make. And I know they will make a good decision.


Maybe they could do an Adventure meets Fantasy? Someone with a bow with strong flavour of survival! Would be damn cool if they made their own fresh version of Zelda. Something that people cannot compare it to Zelda, and its is own thing. Just like they did with Uncharted (Tomb Raider)

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

I would prefer a good game with reasonable price, thanks you very much.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Personally I'd love a 'sequel', although not a directly related one.


The world of The Last of Us has only just been tapped on the grand scheme of things, it could expand to other locations of the world, or even events such as a jungle/polar expedition gone wrong (obviously with entirely different characters).


The other neat idea would be playing as one of the 'hunters', except at the time you may not necessarily believe you were even doing anything wrong..  you could then get into a heated firefight at the end of the game only to be shot by Joel - thereby crossing the paths of both games and opening the possibility for a direct sequel.


Who knows!


Either way Naughty Dogs are gods of gaming, couldn't trust a studio to deliver perfection any more!



shermenz
shermenz

I would prefer a new ip.

First of all TLOU was so incredibly good, that they can't top that. They MIGHT match it, but they'll never top it.
Let the dust settle. Make a new ip, let TLOU dwell in the depths of our psyche as the incredible game that it is, don't milk it. It'll 
 cheapen it.

And one day, in a few years, bring it back.
Then, we'll be ready.

I double dare you mother fuckers.

LE5LO
LE5LO

Old I.P! Naughty Dog need to re-obtain the Crash Bandicoot licence from Activision. 

stealthy881
stealthy881

I imagining what people would scream more loudly to at the next E3. A new Naughty Dog IP or an awesome just as well made TLOU.


What do you think?

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

TLOU 2 > New IP >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> a new Uncharted.

Unfortunately we are getting a new Uncharted first.

saint311
saint311

I dont even want Uncharted 4.  ND's had a great tradition of new (trilogy) IPs for each new console.  I say stick w/ that and focus on a new trilogy IP for PS4.

lil_jon86
lil_jon86

Hey naughty dog how about ask us if we want a new jak and daxter

twentymooseman
twentymooseman

While I do love The Last of Us, and would love to have more of it, I think it'd be interesting to see what Naughty Dog would do with a new IP. Besides, Ellie and Joel's story is just about finished. I'm sure you could expand upon it further down the timeline, but why would you want to? As characters, their story together has fully developed. I think it would be fine if they shifted the focus to different characters in the universe, but it'd be very difficult to create a story as touching and interesting as the original game. I think they're better off leaving Last of Us as a standalone game and finding new territory to explore. 

RighteousNixon
RighteousNixon

A new IP all the way. A Last of Us sequel is a terrible idea. Please do not soil a great game with an unwarrented sequel. Just a terrible idea! Given Naughty Dogs overall quality, I expect they will recognize this fact and move on to a new IP. 

forcefactor13
forcefactor13

Well whatever they do, I trust that it'll be good. I appreciate that Naughty Dog is being so careful in deciding whether to make a sequel to The Last of Us. If they do make a sequel, they'll make sure it's worth doing. So if they don't make a sequel and instead start a new IP, it'll be for the best.

longflopper
longflopper

I would prefer backwards compatibility and be able to play it on my ps4 right now tyvm.

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

People have rumored for a while that Naughty Dog has been planning a space game. It would be cool if they did some sort of restrained, slightly grounded sci-fi just like TLoU's more sophisticated take on post-apocalyptic fiction.


Not that I'd complain about a TLoU 2, though I do think they should use different characters and a new setting.

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

edit: or maybe a "demon/devil" setting could be cool... (even if Doom4 is suposed to be coming soon, and  Wolfenstein might have a bit of that too... there are not many good Action/Shoot/Stealth AAA games with with such settings)

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

I'd like more clickers, ...they were the (gameplay) climax's of the game, and they've only scratched the surface of how to implement them.. (even if they could be improved too..)


but then again, I agree, Naughty Dog really understands what makes AAA games great today... (something Nintendo should look at a bit...), a new IP would be cool, and would probably be great..., but then it has to use a fresh setting... 

"stealth&action" Gameplay settings are becoming over used,.. while there are not many "stealth/action" games with horror settings... 

-a "normal" setting like splinter cell, uncharted, far cry , hitman ect.. would be boring-ish, since there are already enough IP's with such setting, a fresh setting is need...,

-"apocalyptic" seetings with stealth&action are coming up to slowly (metros, fallouts,.. wolfenstein... , Borderlands, even if it's without stealth)

-" fantasy/medieval" settings with stealth&action are also coming up (Skyrim, Dishonred, Thief...)

- there are only a few "si-fi" games with stealth&action out there..(Killzone SF, even Halo 4 had some..)

=> and there.are not many (good) Alien games out there.. (an franchise waiting to be used by a top team).. and Naughty Dog Game in the Alien (and Predators) Universe could be cool.., and Alien Isolation doesn't seem to have much action... 

(or Naughty Dog should maybe just get a cool license with an unused setting, kind of what Telatale is doing...., since Naught Dog have become such experts, any setting they'll use will become great..., but they should just  need to use a "fresh" setting as possible..,  and that's whay they shouldn't do Uncharted 4..., it's becoming over used, unlike TLOU, yet....., hope U4 is a PSVita game and not a PS4 game....)

Raphy_Turtle
Raphy_Turtle

I don't mind the best studio in the world that is Naughty Dog moving allowing Last of Us to be a one off super hit and moving on to new IPs. I just hope they get to us the incredible mechanics of LoU in Uncharted 4 or some other games. The way you carry around equipment, weapons, create stuff from your backpack, the realistic aiming, the amazing brutal close quarter combat and unmatched stealth to full action transition...are all trademarks I want to see again.

I always thought one of the game's greatest strength was that movie like moment after sneaking for as long as you could, all the sudden that quiet moment where you knocked over an object or got spotted...then you just rush the nearest enemy who just heard/saw you to bash his brains out with a 2x4 as all chaos breaks loose...It's like that moment in a movie where the protagonist goes: RUNNNNN!!! Loved it.

Anyway, they need to find ways to use (and possibly improve) these mechanics in another game. Sequel or not.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I wouldn't for a second think I know what Naughty Dog should do next. They've proven that they know how to make great games for over a decade.

Honestly, whether they did a sequel or went for a new IP I don't think I'd mind. They need to do what they think will work best, but if I could make a request, it would be for them to not revisit any of the characters from The Last of Us.

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@Morphine_OD  

agree, if they make a sequel, it shouldn't feel like what some sequals today can feel like (copy-paste/addon like)..., 

but using the world, ideas, characters they have, they could very well build on those and evolve it (maybe more openworld like) and make something  unique again...


(using Joel and Ellie, cause they have some open questions and are just part of TLOUS..., but adding another 2 characters with just the same depth and charm, but totally diffrent emtions/feelings,... like a crazy-ish woman around Joel's age and a shy and introverted but very analytic/smart young teen boy, meat up with Joel and Ellie.. or something..., )

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@stealthy881  

a new IP, depending on the "setting" it plays in, would be a cool as (or maybe even cooler than) TLOU2...

but a "normal" or "overused"  setting would be a a bit of disapointment., even if they make great games.. ("horror/thriller" settings are just the most intens settings..., maybe in combo with fantasy or si-fi....)

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@R4gn4r0k

my thoughts exactly... TLOU2>new IP>>>>>>>>>>U4

only if they could make a new IP in an Alien (&Predator) Universe, that would be = TLOU2.. (maybe even >TLOU2.., if they can add a lot of "character drama" with great characters in it like in TLOU...)

Benny_a
Benny_a

@lil_jon86 Because we dont, we outgrew it. They can hire another studio to make one thou but the main team should make awesome games not cheapo platformers

stealthy881
stealthy881

@twentymooseman  This is possibly on their minds but then one of the most brilliant game developers of the decade is working on it if they did decide to make a sequel, it would at the very least be mentioned at the GOTY awards 2014. Judging though that it took NG 3 years to make the game, 1 whole year of practically just brainstorming. It would seem logically unsound if they simply only made 1 crystal glass in this mansion of awesomeness. 

LE5LO
LE5LO

@ninboxstation @stealthy881 Not that the Uncharted franchise or The Last of Us have been short on overall quality, but If they can re-aquire the licence to work on another Crash Bandicoot sequel I'd much rather see that then their fifth third person shooter in a row. ;-)

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

@ninboxstation  That would be cool. It's been a long while since we've had a good Alien vs Predator game. Also the platforming that is in most of their games could work really well as a predator, of course the alien can walk on anything.


But that would require them having the rights to Alien and Predator.

twentymooseman
twentymooseman

@stealthy881 @twentymooseman The thing that made Last of Us was the characters. It wasn't a game about zombies or an apocalypse or a fascist military regime, it was about two people, not just fighting for survival, but discovering a reason to survive in an unremittingly bleak world. The external factors were secondary to their personal story, which is why making a sequel in that universe is difficult. The universe is interesting, but it isn't enough on its own. You have to create characters of equal depth and you have to explore new themes with those characters, otherwise you're just playing a revamped and tuned up version of the same game. I feel like Last of Us was a complete experience in itself and doesn't really need to be expanded upon. The fact that they did so well breaking away from Uncharted and making a game that was, tonally, the polar opposite makes me curious as to what other ideas they can hatch. It's not that I lack faith in Naughty Dog's ability, it's just that I'd like to see them take another big risk instead of expanding upon something that was a self contained and complete experience.

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@R4gn4r0k

with the money they made, they should (hopefully) be able to afford the rights for an Alien (& Predator) game...., and there hasn't been a such a good game for quite some time.... 

Alien Isolation could really be good, but it seems it will be something more like Outlast (no focus an Action, more hiding than stealth...), ...while Naughty Dog could really make something epical with if they use stealth, action, drama and great grafix & co. like they usally do .. but with Aliens (& Predators)...

peterdavid12345
peterdavid12345

@twentymooseman @stealthy881 Althought I'm very excited about The last of us 2 or the last 2 of us ? It did be very interesting if they make a new IP and couple years later. BAM! The last of us 2 announced, that would shock the whole world gaming industries !!!

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@twentymooseman @stealthy881 

feel the story and the zombie cure could still go on..., humanty hasn't been saved yet... (and the conflict between Joel's lying to Ellie could be exposed ect..., but I havent played the dLc yet..)


and the clickers could still improved and used more/better...