The long in development and highly anticipated The Last of Us Part II will not have a multiplayer mode of any kind when the game is released on February 21, 2020. This news comes from an interview Lead Game Designer at Naughty Dog Emilia Schatz had with USgamer. When asked what kind of multiplayer experiences there would be in the game, Schatz said the following;
We’re focusing on a single-player experience, so we’re just making a single-player game for this.
This comes as a surprise since earlier at E3 2018 co-directors on The Last of Us Part II Kurt Margenau and Anthony Newman confirmed to various media outlets that the multiplayer mode from The Last of Us would be making a return. This means that sometime between E3 2018 and now the plan to include a multiplayer mode in The Last of Us Part II changed. Of course, a multiplayer mode could always be added to the game post-launch via an update but as of right now it looks like The Last of Us Part II will be a single-player only experience.
Many games single-player centric games have felt the need to add a multiplayer mode in them, but Factions which was the multiplayer mode in The Last of Us was actually surprisingly deep and different from other games multiplayer modes at the time. It had players choosing between factions and teaming up with three other players to scavenge for supplies that could be used to craft weapons and traps in order to help them defeat the other team. At the time of The Last of Us‘ release, it was slower-paced than your average shooter games multiplayer mode but also a more strategic one. This made Factions very popular among fans of the game and also makes it all the more unfortunate and surprising that Factions will not be making an appearance in The Last of Us Part II.
Although there will be no multiplayer mode in The Last of Us Part II it is still looking to be a phenomenal game when it is released for the PS4 on February 21, 2020. If you’ve yet to preorder one of the five editions of the game that will be available you can do so over on Amazon. For more news regarding The Last of Us Part II be sure to check back here on FrameLag.