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.

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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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