The Last of Us is one of the biggest PlayStation exclusives of all time, with sales of the PlayStation 3 version currently sitting at seven million units. The next-gen re-release – due out next week – is likely to bump those numbers up considerably, putting the property on par with first-party juggernauts like Gran Turismo and God of War. There has to be a sequel in the pipeline, then, right?

“It really comes down to: is there something interesting in this universe that we've created that we want to continue to explore?” pondered a rhetorical community strategist Arne Meyer. “Is it something that we can get the entire team passionate about? Is it something that we can get the creative directors excited about? Then we could continue it.”

Speaking with VideoGamer, the Naughty Dog employee continued that the company is currently considering the path that a sequel would take, and that it would be a “disservice” to fans if it didn’t at least take matters that far. “We're just starting to explore ideas of what more could there be in this universe and starting that decision process,” he said. “That doesn't mean that the end result is guaranteed.”

The award winning Californian outfit currently has one other project in early pre-production in addition to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, with creative director Neil Druckmann and game director Bruce Straley working on Nathan Drake’s impending next-gen affair. We reckon that a follow-up would probably need to focus on new characters, though an older Ellie could also work.