The Last of Us 2 Mentioned in Former Naughty Dog Developer's Resume

Former lead character artist's LinkedIn profile may have inadvertently revealed a sequel.

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A sequel to Naughty Dog's acclaimed action-survival game The Last of Us may be in the works, according to the resume of former Naughty Dog lead character artist Michael Knowland. According to Knowland's LinkedIn profile, Naughty Dog had produced prototype designs for use in The Last of Us 2 earlier this year.

Knowland had joined Naughty Dog in October 2011 and worked on The Last of Us as well as Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. At present, he is a senior character artist at Avalanche Studios and is working on Just Cause 3.

Knowland left Naughty Dog in April this year. His departure followed on from a number of high-ranking staff who left the studio, including Uncharted 4 director Justin Richmond, writer Amy Hennig, lead artist Nate Wells, and actor Todd Stashwick.

The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann said in a Reddit AMA last February that there was a "50/50" possibility of a sequel. Naughty Dog has since confirmed it is working on two new "brand-new experiences" one of which is Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, due to launch sometime next year.

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And I probably won't play it. As a fan of stealth games, I was not a big fan of TLOU. It had superb presentation, but everything else about the game was rather underwhelming and not very engaging.

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Ok I know a lot of people might not like what I'm about to say, but there is really no need to make a sequel to this game. I t was great everything about it was well made & done imo.


Yep people might argue and say what about Uncharted they are making the 4th now why not the TLOU. Well if people remember ND had to split into two teams where each them work on a game that is TLOU & U3 the result ,some people weren't happy with U3.


Anyway if they do I hope it is a different time & only mention Joel & Ellie in memos you find while exploring.


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If telltale game united with naughtydog which is impossible they will make the best fuking TLOU2 game i ever see. telltale game have the best thoughts of how to make sequal for the walking dead

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Please Naughty Dog....Steal my idea for naming the trilogy.

1. The Last of Us

2. The Worst of Us(make this super dark like the The Dark Knight)

3. The Best of Us(Give us the happy ending to close off an epic trilogy)

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I liked that idea so much I logged in just to like it :)


Seriously, that would be awesome.

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Really hope so, well they have to really surely, probably the best game ever made.

Take my money.

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Hell yeah!!

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Flippin sweet

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Hardly comes as a surprise. Just take my money ND.

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I actually figured The Last of Us 2 was in development; Ashley Johnson (Ellie) is still hanging around NaughtyDog.

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Wait....you mean a really successful, well reviewed game is getting a sequel??? Shocking!!

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I'm actually a little disappointed here. I was hoping for either a new IP, or returning Jak&Daxter. Not to say TLOU was bad, but it was probably my least favorite ND game i've played.

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Luckily you're the minority, I'm definitely looking forward to a sequel.

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I don't care about the details... but it should be in SPACE, for obvious reasons.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> TLoU 2, in an Alien universe. Sick! lol

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So....Dead Space?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Hmm, I think then, by that logic...

TLoU was Dead Space on Earth. O.o

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Ok, we get it already Censorspot.

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A new cast of characters and new story and scenarios, but together with some references to Joel and Ellie characters, and to their journey, as well, would be the best for me.

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One of the best games I've ever played. I don't care if it's an adult Ellie with Joel in a retirement home,..........MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!

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OFC there's gonna be second one, it's a no brainer. They'd be passing up alot of money if they didn't make one, They Will probably franchise it like they did with Drake

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If Daryl dies we riot!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> If Ellie dies, i will riot............. alone............in my room :P

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I'd like to see a origin story; like the birth place of the fungus. Perhaps someone looking for a cure in the parasite itself. & quickly becomes deadly. Different cast of characters and everything.

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I'd like to see an older Ellie confront Joel about the ending events.

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Um no. That's why the ending was good. Some things should just be.

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I would like to see more of the game universe, as long they don't talk about Joe or Ellie is fine for me, since Joe and Ellie tale was finished in the first game.

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This doesn't surprise me since there are no rules when it comes to the last of us. By that I mean its world is so large that Naughty Dog could just completely invent other characters on a totally different spectrum/part of the world most likely and still make it successful. Its kinda like the walking dead, except with better writing and its aged better I would say.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> True, after playing The Last of Us I deceded to watch Walking Dead, and I liked.

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"The Last of Us 2: More of Us"?

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To finally be followed by The Lastest of Us

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The Last of Us Too

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Part of me says let it die a classic but in reality an IP with such acclaim is bound to get a sequel. Better now while the complany is still strong than a forced cash cow if the dev ever got in trouble!

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