The Last of Us franchise is set to become greater than ever over the course of the following not many years. As such, it seems fitting that fans are thinking of their own particular manners to expand the series, such as one The Last of Us player's idea for an open world game.
The closest The Last of Us franchise has come to open world was the wide linear gameplay of the sequel. In particular, the first Seattle section where players can spend hours exploring is smart of what The Last of Us could accomplish as an open world game. Solving puzzles to open safes and acquire special weapons, looting buildings for collectibles, and stumbling upon Ellie's memorable "Take on Me" performance were some of the things that made this section function admirably.
While Naughty Dog is engrossed with The Last of Us Factions and a reputed remake of the original game, a fan named OzoneArcher has shared a concept trailer for the hypothetical undertaking. The footage is a beautifully altered compilation of memorable shots from the series, with narration from Joel used alongside the harrowing music fans have generally expected from The Last of Us. As Joel reminisces about fourth of July family gatherings, a lineup of bodies is shown, a great way to portray how much has changed following the Cordyceps outbreak.
At the finish of the short, 30-second teaser, Joel is seen walking by a bus with his weapon ready. The game's title is then revealed, going by the name The Last Days, with the Tension Films logo highlighting the creators of the incredible concept trailer. With Joel seen all alone, this hypothetical open world game would seemingly be a prequel that looks at his smuggling days before meeting Ellie.
In the comments, fans seem isolated on whether the beloved series would work with an open world approach. Doubters are fast to point out the intensity of linear, focused encounters with the Rat King and Stalkers, as well as the potential for too much player opportunity to ruin the pacing of the story. Considering that The Last of Us has flourished because of its intense narratives, this fear is understandable. Still, other players are fast to point out how well the open world-like Seattle sequence worked in The Last of Us 2. Regardless, the numerous upvotes show that most players feel like the trailer was very much made regardless of their stance on an open world game.
With The Last of Us HBO series set to bring the franchise to a totally different audience, Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic series could soon be greater than ever. While it remains to be seen if future games would have a larger scale to match this growing audience, the fan-made trailer gives an idea of what an open world The Last of Us game could accomplish.