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Naughty Dog on The Last of Us: “This Journey” for Joel and Ellie is Complete; “We’re Not Continuing That”

June 27, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

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HERE’S YOUR SPOILER WARNING

We’ve already seen some mistranslated information coming from a Hideo Kojima interview about a possible Metal Gear Solid remake—he clarified on Twitter that “if there’s some creator or team in this world who has love and passion to remake MGS1, I would love to ask for it”—and now we have a misquote about The Last of Us.

Clearing everything up was Neil Druckmann, Creative Director, and Bruce Straley, Game Director, who went to Kotaku and called attention to this particular quote from a previous interview:

I think the world is ripe for more stories, but as far as the journey Joel and Ellie goes on it ends with this game. We were very conscious that we didn’t want to leave this story dangling. If we never do a sequel, we’re okay with it, because we told the story we needed to tell.

As it turns out, Neil in fact said “this journey for Joel and Ellie is complete,” specifically referring “to the journey with the Fireflies and what they’re after with the cure and all that. We’re not continuing that.”

Druckmann then talked about the chances of returning to Joel and Ellie, or the world altogether, is “all up in the air,” but “there are people in the studio that would love to come back to these characters.” Before you get your hopes, the only way they’d return is if they “had something new, something meaningful to say” because “the last thing we would want to do is repeat ourselves.”

Expanding a little bit on the single player DLC, which is a side story, Bruce said, “we’re actually doing it to tell more about the characters. We’re gonna reveal more about the characters and about the world.”

Would you want Naughty Dog to put Joel and Ellie into a sequel? Or use completely new characters and locations? Let us know in the comments below.