The Last of Us Part 3: Story rumors, Naughty Dog leaks & more

With The Last of Us Part 2 firmly in the rearview mirror, fans are turning their attention to a possible third installment in the hugely successful dystopian series. Here we summarize leaks, rumors and more about The Last of Us Part 3.

The Last of Us Part II was one of the most anticipated games of the last decade, buoyed by the incredible popularity and acclaim the first game brought.

While some fans were unfazed by the second game’s story, many saw it as a worthwhile sequel to what is considered one of the greatest games of all time.

In the second game, Ellie sought revenge for the murder of Joel and navigated her relationship with friend Dina. Those who have played the game will know that much was left open when Ellie allowed Abby to live and Dina disappeared after Ellie ignored her pleas to stay.

There’s certainly room for a sequel, and here are the latest details on a potential sequel.


Abby from The Last of Us 2.
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Ellie lets Abby (pictured) live in the emotional conclusion of TLOU II.

Are there rumors and leaks about The Last of Us Part 3?

In an April 2021 speech, Neil Druckmann, Creative Director of Part II, officially confirmed that he has penned a story draft for a third game. However, it is not in active development.

Corresponding Oops leaksa credible information leaker, Naughty Dog is currently actively working on several projects including The Last of Us Part III: “The draft script is complete, but the studio is deep in development of the above projects.”

However, they confirm what we already knew and go on to say: “It is possible that development will start faster than expected due to [the] Studio expansion.”

It seems inevitable that a third game will pick up on Ellie’s story and perhaps center around her relationship with Dina. Abby’s involvement wouldn’t be guaranteed, but Ellie might still change her mind about her merciful behavior at the end of Part II.

The fact that Druckmann took the time to plan the third part is very good news for fans of the series.

Does The Last of Us Part III have a release date?

As the game was not yet in development as of spring 2021, a release will still be a few years away.

The original game was discontinued in 2013, the sequel was announced in 2016 and released in 2020 (after some big delays). Even an official announcement seems to be a long way off.

Ellie in The Last of Us II
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The Last of Us II was released 7 years after the original.

Upcoming projects from Naughty Dog

With the uncertainty clouding the third game in the series, it seems worth taking a look at what the Naughty Dog developers are actually working on.

The Last of Us Part 1

After much rumor and speculation, a Remake of the original Last of Us was officially announced by Naughty Dog at Summer Games Fest. Remastered from the ground up, The Last of Us Part 1 remake comes exclusively for the PlayStation 5 on September 2, 2022. The game has also been confirmed to be in development for PC, however the port release date is currently unknown.

You can check out the trailer for The Last of Us Part 1 below:

The standalone game The Last of Us Factions

Alongside the remake of The Last of Us Part 1, Neil Druckmann, Co-President of Naughty Dog and Creative Director of TLOU, also announced that the studio is developing a standalone multiplayer factions game set in The Last of Us universe.

What began as an enhanced version of Factions – set to launch with The Last of Us Part 2 – soon grew into an even more ambitious project and is now set to become Naughty Dog’s first standalone multiplayer experience. According to Druckmann [The team] “We really wanted to do something beyond what we’ve ever done at Naughty Dog. This game is big. It’s as big as any of our single player games we’ve made and bigger in a way.”

While details are scarce for now, Druckmann assured fans would learn a lot more about the project in 2023, and an official piece of concept art was unveiled.

Official concept art for Naughty Dog's upcoming multiplayer faction project The Last of Us
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The first look at the new standalone multiplayer title The Last of Us.

Finally, the studio is believed to be developing an IP codenamed Stray’s Cross – a new adventure game for which details are as sparse as The Last of Us 3.

That’s all you need to know about The Last of Us Part 3 and Naughty Dog’s upcoming projects. We will continue to update this article as new information becomes available.

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