Some fans of The Last of Us Part 1 seem to have found a couple of concept art in-game, suggesting that it might be the next fantasy IP of Naughty Dog. Check out the artwork of this supposedly new IP below.
Naughty Dog Reportedly Leaks Its Next Fantasy IP in The Last of Us Part 1
The Last of Us Part 1 was released last week, providing a PS5 update to the classic PS3 game. Although the new game is a recreation of the original game rather than a remake, players have nonetheless scoured its world to uncover any major changes it has made since the original. One such change is the subtle addition of posters to a bulletin board, which contains mysterious artwork that could be a teaser for Naughty Dog’s next project.
The artwork in question is fantasy-themed, depicting various characters confronting or collaborating with mythical creatures. Aside from the fantasy setting, the artwork doesn’t have much in common thematically, though one in particular – a woman next to a white deer – is curiously realistic.
Fans are speculating that art in TLOU1 are indicative of Naughty Dog's new IP. Seemingly would be a fantasy setting.
what do you think? pic.twitter.com/IV9tZZqULW
— Naughty Dog Central (@NaughtyNDC) September 5, 2022
It has already been speculated that Naughty Dog’s next IP will have a fantasy setting. In 2021, a concept artist working for the studio tweeted three artworks titled “The Women of North,” though she quickly dispelled the rumors by claiming that the images were inspired by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Then, in March 2022, Twitter user @OopsLeaks claimed that the studio was working on a new fantasy IP that is in full production. However, this leaker doesn’t have a solid track record with its claims, other than predictions for games like BioShock 4 and The Last of Us multiplayer game that is yet to be made.
Naughty Dog New IP
Next major single-player title. Neil Druckmann is not involved. Fantasy setting, at least what it looks like. Currently in full production.
— Oops Leaks (@oopsleaks) March 31, 2022
Whether this graphic reflects a new Naughty Dog project or is it just a work of art that the company has decided to add to The Last of Us Part 1 to pique the interest of players remains to be seen.