Following the release of the new trailer for The Last Of Us Part II last week, Naughty Dog made a statement about the game’s multiplayer mode.
The Last Of Us Part I had a multiplayer mode, separate from the main story, that allowed players to compete as a faction in the game’s world. A similar mode was expected in The Last Of Us Part II, but we now know that it’s going to be a single-player only affair.
“The single-player campaign is far and away the most ambitious project Naughty Dog has ever undertaken,” the statement posted to the official Naughty Dog Twitter account reads.
“Likewise, as development began on the evolution of our Factions mode from The Last of Us Part I, the vision of the team grew beyond an additional mode that could be included with our enormous single-player campaign. Wanting to support both visions, we made the difficult choice that The Last of Us Part II would not include an online mode.”
In other words, the scope of both the single-player section of The Last Of Us Part II and the planned multiplayer mode were too great to work together in one package.
That isn’t the end of a multiplayer-focused experience in the world of The Last Of Us, though. Naughty Dog’s statement goes on to suggest that the team’s work so far won’t be wasted, and it will likely be turned into a separate project:
“You will eventually experience the fruits of our team’s online ambition, but not as part of The Last Of Us Part II. When and where it will be realized it still to be determined. But rest assured, we are as big a fan of Factions as the rest of our community and are excited to share more when it’s ready.”
An update regarding multiplayer: pic.twitter.com/CUd98LgJGC
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) September 27, 2019
For me, the joy of The Last Of Us is entirely in its single-player mode. After all, it’s about the story, the characters, the world-building, and of course Ellie and Joel. The lack of a multiplayer section of Part II isn’t something I’d miss, but to learn we will likely get some kind of online spin-off is great news to those fans who did enjoy Factions mode.
So not only do we have The Last of Us Part II to look forward to in February, we likely have a multiplayer game to follow at some point, too.
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