Last year at the PlayStation Experience, Sony revealed to adoring fans a trailer showcasing the next installment of its blockbuster franchise The Last of Us. The original game which first launched on PlayStation 3 - then a remastered version for its latest console - received critical acclaim, and is still regarded as one of the best games in general on those systems.
However, during a recent interview with Daily Star, Naughty Dog's Director of Communications Arne Meyer shed some light on the project, and how far it has come along since being revealed by Sony. But his response can be regarded as less than encouraging. A question came up about what the studio will focus on - that being The Last of Us Part 2 - since Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was about to launch for the console, Meyer responded with the following:
So, we can pretty much say the whole studio will be focussed on The Last of Us Part Two once this is over. At some point, parts of the team that will try to figure out what's next and how that goes when The Last of Us Part Two is [in] full production. [...]
Fans looking forward to the game launching within the next year or two might be disappointed by the fact that the developer still needs to start production on the project since it's focused on the standalone game for the Uncharted series. The Last of Us started its development in 2009 and was first published in 2013. With that said, The Last of Us Part 2 could be several years away from launch, going by these statements; and the fact that the game was not shown at E3 this year could be more evidence of that.
This also raises the issue of how console manufacturers like Sony and Microsoft need to refrain from showing games that are several years away or not in active development. Microsoft recently had to cancel Scalebound, which was revealed 'too early' according to the head of Xbox Phil Spencer. Sony executive Shuhei Yoshida commented on this phenomenon, stating that the company will exercise caution before revealing release dates for games; after several delays hit titles that were scheduled for release on the PlayStation 4.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which is being developed by Naughty Dog, is a new stand-alone expansion for the Uncharted series. The game follows Chloe Frazer, who seeks the Tusk of Ganesh in the mountains of India in the midst of a civil war, with the help of mercenary Nadine Ross. The game will launch for the PlayStation 4 on August 22.
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