The Last of Us Part 1 only released a few days ago for the PlayStation 5, but fans are already dissecting, and further discussing, every inch of its world.
One of the ongoing discussions focused on a potential new IP from Naughty Dog, which many believe will have a fantasy theme. It all started after several posters with fantasy-like elements were seen decorating the walls of the game.
The poster in question, which can be seen below, shows images of horses like Pegasus, dragons, and female warriors:
Fans are speculating that the art on TLOU1 is indicative of Naughty Dog’s new IP. Seems to be a fantasy setting.
What do you think? pic.twitter.com/IV9tZZqULW
— Naughty Dog Center (@NaughtyNDC) September 5, 2022
It’s not much, but it’s enough to get tongues wagging about what the future holds for the Last of Us developers.
“Naughty Dog’s fantasy game on PS5 is like a dream. Put that straight into my veins baby,” wrote one enthusiastic follower who saw these images.
“An open world fantasy game (something like Witcher 3) from ND?? That would be [a] dreams come true,” added another.
Done Redditsome suggest that The Last of Us was also teased in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, so a move like this is unusual for Naughty Dog.
Fans previously speculated that Naughty Dog’s future project could have a fantasy theme after team senior concept artist Hyoung Nam uploaded three new works to them. Art Station account in early 2021.
The series is titled “The Women of North”, with the first of these images showing a warrior, sitting on a slain dragon.
However, once rumors of a new Naughty Dog fantasy IP started making headlines, Nam was quick to state that the image was meant to be a homage to Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and had nothing to do with anything going on at the developer. They then proceeded to update the image description.
Nonetheless, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla doesn’t have a dragon in it, leading many to assume this explanation is actually a bluff from artist Naughty Dog.