The Last of Us Reception Was A Bit Of A Surprise to Naughty Dog

The Last of Us reception has been almost unanimously fantastic, with over 200 Game of the Year Awards won by the PlayStation 3 version last year and more ravishing reviews for the PlayStation 4 version (including our own), which releases today. Despite this, it seems like Naughty Dog didn’t quite realize how special their game was going to be at first, according to an interview with Game Designer Emilia Schatz published by MaxLevel.

Honestly, I really didn’t [know it was that special]. I had faith in it because I had faith in my co-workers, but I really didn’t know how I felt about it. It wasn’t until the very last week and I started playing through and I started seeing the game start to finish. I sent out and email to the team saying, “hey, I just want everyone to know that I’m so proud of working with all of you.” I realized that this was something that people were going to be talking about for a while. I don’t think anyone realized it. Well, maybe Neil did – maybe not. Either way, it turned out to be a bit of a surprise.

The big question now is, is there ever going to be a sequel to this milestone in gaming? There are two sides on this heated debate: those who would like The Last of Us to remain a unique experience and those who just cannot bear the thought of not having another game in this universe.

Personally, I think Joel and Ellie’s story is not over yet. It can’t be, and it would be a crime not to continue it if a sequel is ever greenlit. Naughty Dog is currently exploring options about a potential new game in the series versus creating a brand new IP; what do you think they should do? Let us know in the comments section.

Alessio PalumboBy Alessio Palumbo (1097 Posts)

Gaming writer since ages, now Founder and Editor in Chief of Worlds Factory. Clan Leader/Guild Master of La Legione del Drago, clan/guild of heroes jumping from a virtual world to another for the most epic (?) adventures ever seen.

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  • Corey Wells

    They should make another one whether it has the same characters or all new ones, we know naughty dog always makes amazing games, so it being bad is not even a thought, don’t let people ruin it by making it the last one, this is my favorite game of all time I would be pissed if they didn’t do another one, it would be like Bethesda not making fallout 4 or another elder scrolls and only making free to play or mobile games that’s how bad it would suck in my opinion, and yes fallout 4 better be real lol

  • Eboyd27

    New ip

  • Solid Snake

    yes this so makes sense. i wonder why all publishers don’t pay off the gaming media?

    ps you’re an idiot.

  • Ariamythe

    I’d like to see a new IP. A sequel would diminish the original.

    • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3


  • jacksjus

    I don’t see how they are surprised considering they did an interview damn near daily on how jaw dropping it was.

  • jacksjus

    Well they must have ran out of money because only a few scores were perfect. Smh!

  • jacksjus

    I suppose. It sold well but many other games with lesser scores sold far more.

    It sold well because it was made well. Give it a try.

  • miyamoto

    make a new IP now then after a long rest make the sequel.
    Naughty Dog is known for topping their masterpieces with a new game.

    • hesoyamdonMonster

      very true

  • Not_true

    Stop lying and making things up.

    • Hates bad writers.

      By all means, explain why you feel a need to flag my posts if you’re so convinced I’m wrong. My posts magically need moderation now? That’s cute. You’re just telling me that you’re wrong, you’ve gone full on defense mode and I haven’t even talked to you until now. You’re pathetic.

      • Not_true

        You’re making up ridiculous conspiracy theories of Sony bribing hundreds of media outlets to give The Last of Us 10/10 scores and GOTY awards. You have zero evidence and it’s implausible in the first place.

        Maybe one or two outlets, but 200+ Game of the Year awards, tons of 9 or 10 scores, and 7+ million in sales?

        It’s a critical and commercial success whether you like it or not. Deal with it, and deal with your sick fanboyism.

        • Hates bad writers.

          It’s not just Sony you halfwit, it’s been happening with a bunch of developers/publishers for years. Why Sony in this degree? They needed a winner. Things change when your company is tanking.

          • demfax

            You don’t understand why The Last of Us has 200+ GOTY awards and 7+ million in sales, so you make up crazy conspiracy theories with zero evidence or plausibility.

            • Kevin

              Sony payed most of them.

              • demfax

                No they didn’t. You are a lying and malicious fanboy.

  • Kevin

    I doubt they were surprised at all.

    • demfax

      Naughty Dog created a fantastic game and were rewarded for it.


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