The Last of Us 3: Rumors and Speculations on Its Development

The Last of Us 3 release date

While The Last of Us 3 is not yet a reality, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of players have experienced The Last of Us Part 2 and eagerly await a sequel. Let’s check out what The Last of Us 3 rumors, speculations, and more we’ve got!

The creative director and co-creator of the game series and HBO show, Neil Druckmann, discussed the status of Part 3 during his press tour. And we’re not really sure if it’s happening any soon. Although there is certainly room for a sequel.

The Last of Us 3 Rumors and Speculations

The Last of Us 3 Rumours and speculations
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During a recent interview with Buzzfeed, Druckmann was once again questioned about The Last of Us 3. Of course, there’s great demand for it, especially with the outstanding HBO adaptation keeping it on everyone’s minds. However, his response might temper some of the excitement:

“Our process is the same thing we did when we did , which is if we can come up with a compelling story that has this universal message and statement about love — just like the first and second game did — then we will tell that story. If we can’t come up with something, we have a very strong ending with and that will be the end.”

But, gamers, that’s not the end we were expecting. In April 2021, it was confirmed that he has written a story outline for a third game, but it’s not currently in active development.

The Last of Us 3 in Production: Is it true?

  • According to the reputable and well-known leaker @ViewerAnon, who has accurately leaked information in the past. It appears that a third game in the series is currently in active production.
  • We’ll have to wait a while longer to see the game, as Naughty Dog has multiple other projects in the works.
  • Also, continuing the story after Part 2 will pose significant challenges.

Will The Last of Us 3 be able to keep the fans hooked as the previous part?

Last year, Neil Druckmann revealed that discovering the emotional center of the story in Part 2 proved more difficult. Then it was in the first game because of players’ previous knowledge and experiences.

So, emotionally engaging fans and innovating in The Last of Us Part 3 will be an even greater challenge.

The Last of Us 3 expected release date

  • Given that the original Last of Us was released in 2013 and Part II in 2020, we can assume that a third game would take a similar amount of time to develop.
  • As such, we speculate that the earliest possible release date for the game would be 2026.

SPOILERS: There will be some major spoilers below. So, read at your own risk.

What story will The Last of Us 3 follow?

The Last of Us 3 Rumours and speculations
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In the second game, Ellie sought revenge for the murder of Joel while also navigating her romantic relationship with Dina. Game players know that many things remain unresolved. Such as Ellie sparing Abby’s life and Dina disappearing after Ellie disregarded her request to stay.

It is expected to be a third main character, with a new personal story. The Last of Us Part 3 may bring the story to completion.


Naughty Dog, a busy studio, concurrently works on various projects. Some of the new works that they have been busy with recently are The Last of Us Standalone Multiplayer and Fantasy Game.

That’s everything we knew about The Last of Us 3 rumors, speculations, release date, story, and more. Are you excited to play this game when it comes out? Do let us know in the comments down below!

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