The Last of Us 2 Incoming? Former Naughty Dog Artist’s Resume Provides Hints

Michael Knowland seems to have worked on The Last of Us 2 for a month.

Posted By | On 22nd, Dec. 2014 Under News

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Well, not so much as a hint as a very direct reference.

Michael Knowland, who works at Avalanche Studios as a senior character artist, used to work at Naughty Dog as lead character artist. Though currently involved with Just Cause 3, Knowland’s LinkedIn profile states that he did prototyping head sculpts for 1 month on The Last of us 2. Knowland has also worked quite a bit on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End before departing earlier this year along with higher ranked staff like Amy Hennig.

It’s not as though The Last of Us 2 hasn’t been in discussion – both Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley have talked about the possibility of a sequel with the former even saying that there was a “50/50 chance” of it actually happening.

Whether it’s happening or not isn’t the big question – when it will be released is worth watching out for. What are your thoughts on The Last of Us 2? Let us know in the comments.


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  • d0x360

    While I’m sure due to its commercial success we will definitely see another last of us… Although I really hope we don’t because the story is over for those characters and doing another game will just cheapen that emotional journey. How? When characters are constantly thrust into impossible situations like that they become immortal. They go from tegular people trying to solve a major problem and become action heroes who find themselves in crazy situations every day. Each time it happens it cheapens that original journey to the point where it has no weight.

    Anyways tl;Dr. A resume confirms nothing. Its likely Sony had them prototyping sequel ideas before the original even launched. This happens with most games from big publishers and generally its done with assets that never made it into the first game and they are trying to come up with general ideas for another.


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