Naughty Dog issues statement on no Last of Us Part 2 multiplayer

The Last of Us Part 2 looks to be a purely single player experience, with Naughty Dog issuing a statement regarding the missing Factions multiplayer.

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Thursday was a momentous day for developer Naughty Dog. The house that brought the gaming world the Uncharted series opened their doors for various outlets (including Shacknews) to go hands-on with The Last of Us Part II for the first time. But one thing that was noticeable was that there was no sign of online play or multiplayer. Naughty Dog has since confirmed that The Last of Us Part II will not include online play or a multiplayer component and issued a statement late Thursday regarding this decision.

"We wanted to address multiplayer in The Last of Us Part II," reads the statement on the Naughty Dog Twitter account. "As we've stated, the single player campaign is far and away the most ambitious project Naughty Dog has ever undertaken. 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.

"However, 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 is 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."

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The statement is in reference to the Factions multiplayer mode from the original Last of Us. At the time considered to be a throwaway multiplayer add-on, Factions found its own devoted audience, one that expressed disappointment that the game mode would not make the trip to the sequel.

However, this latest statement from Naughty Dog does seem to indicate that Last of Us multiplayer will live on in some fashion. Whether it will be released as a standalone spin-off or a DLC add-on will ultimately remain to be seen.

In the meantime, The Last of Us Part II is looking to be the massively ambitious product that Naughty Dog is advertising. To learn more about it, be sure to read up on Shacknews' full hands-on preview.

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    September 26, 2019 8:25 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Naughty Dog issues statement on no Last of Us Part 2 multiplayer

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      September 26, 2019 8:29 PM

      Maybe it's just me, but I feel like the PS4 has focused more on singleplayer games late into its lifecycle. I wonder if PS+ subs have dropped.

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      September 27, 2019 1:05 AM

      The multiplayer portion of TLOU always seemed unnecessary to me.

      I'm happy there's still a place on the market for single player only AAA games, like God Of War, Horizon Zero Dawn or Days Gone. They're right up my alley.

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        September 27, 2019 5:56 AM

        I found TLOU’s multiplayer mode interesting because it seemed like a natural extension of the campaign’s themes and gameplay systems. Otherwise, yeah, it didn’t do much for me, solely because I didn’t buy that game for multiplayer.

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      September 27, 2019 1:10 AM

      Hopefully it's just them saying you're welcome.

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      September 27, 2019 6:48 AM

      Naughty Dog making Left 4 Dead 3. You heard it here first folks.

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