Naughty Dog “brainstorming” ideas on new IP, “exploring” on how to continue The Last of Us’ story

With the critical and commercial success of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series and The Last of Us, it’s logical to think that the studio’s next game will be based on either of the two universes, right?

Well, that might not be the case just yet. During a keynote speech at the IGDA in Toronto yesterday, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann has revealed that him, along with Bruce Straley are “brainstorming” ideas on a new IP,

Unfortunately, that’s all the info he had to share, which is understandable since they’ve yet to talk about their next-gen plans to date.

At the same event, Druckmann was asked on a sequel to The Last of Us and while he mentioned that they love the characters and the world, they’re still “exploring” ideas on how to continue the story and added it’s a hard project to make due to the “bleak” theme of the game.

Druckmann states that they’re busy working on The Last of Us’ single-player DLC and kind of “stalling” for now; but once they’ve wrapped it up, that’s when they need “to figure it out.”

Keep in mind that even if Naughty Dog is indeed working on a new IP, that doesn’t mean they’re leaving the Uncharted and The Last of Us franchises behind.  They are a big studio, after all, and has teams working on multiple projects, which was the case with Uncharted and TLoU.

If you want to hear Druckmann talk about the “brainstorming” ideas for new IP and The Last of Us, check out the 51:50 mark in the video above.

What would you want to see next from Naughty Dog if given a choice? Another adventure from Nathan Drake? Perhaps another go at the apocalypse with Joel and Ellie? Or maybe something new?