Yesterday, popular gaming voice actor Nolan North, known for roles such as Nathan Drake in Uncharted and Desmond Miles in Assassin’s Creed, made some waves during a Q&A panel at MetroCon by discussing The Last of Us 2. The Last of Us 2 is easily one of the most highly anticipated sequels in history, and Nolan North confirmed Last of Us 2‘s development yesterday during the Q&A.
Now another voice actor has been discussing The Last of Us 2, but fans of the game may be disappointed with what he had to say. Speaking during a panel at Indy PopCon, Troy Baker, known for his roles as Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite and more importantly, Joel in The Last of Us, has denied any knowledge about the existence of The Last of Us 2, saying, “I know nothing. I don’t know if we’re gonna do another one or not.”
Of course, this is a direct contradiction of what North’s comments, but there’s a possibility that Baker is feigning ignorance in order to help Naughty Dog keep The Last of Us 2 a secret. After all, it would be strange for Nolan North to know more about the game than Troy Baker, as the latter voices the main character, Joel, and North voiced a character that has no hope of returning for the next game, unless it’s a prequel.
Naughty Dog themselves have previously discussed The Last of Us 2, saying that they weren’t going to work on Last of Us 2 until they were finished with Uncharted 4. Specifically, they said that they weren’t even going to brainstorm anymore ideas for Last of Us 2 until they finish the new Uncharted, but the evidence points to Naughty Dog actually being a bit farther along in development than what they want fans to believe.
Not only did Nolan North out the project yesterday at MetroCon, but a LinkedIn profile listing for developer Michael Knowland showed that he worked on The Last of Us 2 for at least one month. Furthermore, one has to consider that The Last of Us was a huge success for Sony, selling 6 million units worldwide, so there’s plenty of incentive for Sony to have Naughty Dog get to work on the sequel.
At this point, The Last of Us 2 is a virtual guarantee, despite Troy Baker’s comments, and it seems as though development on it is a bit further along than Naughty Dog is indicating. Even so, fans shouldn’t expect to see any trailers or anything like that for at least a couple of years. After all, Naughty Dog is still entirely focused on Uncharted 4, a game that’s not expected to drop until Spring 2016, so they have quite a bit on their plate at the moment. So unfortunately, as it stands, the status of Last of Us 2‘s development is purely speculation, though there’s some certainly convincing evidence to mull over in the meantime.
The Last of Us 2 has yet to be officially confirmed by Naughty Dog or Sony. However, when the game is properly announced, expect it to be revealed as a PS4 exclusive.