It was confirmed early yesterday that The Last of Us Part II would not include a multiplayer mode like the original game. However, it was stated at E3 2018 that at that time there was a multiplayer mode for The Last of Us Part II in development. At some point between E3 2018 and now, the game’s multiplayer mode was scrapped this doesn’t mean the work Naughty Dog put into the now-canceled game mode has been scrapped.
The Last of Us Part II Game Director Neil Druckmann confirmed in an interview with Telegraph that the work Naughty Dog put into the game’s multiplayer mode has not been scrapped and the mode merely became too ambitious to include in a game with an already really ambitious single-player mode. Druckmann said the following;
“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, 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.”
Druckmann went on to state that players will eventually experience The Last of Us Part II’s multiplayer mode just not as part of The Last of Us Part II.
“You will eventually experience the fruits of our team’s online ambition, but not as part of The Last of Us: Part 2. 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.”
This should make fans of the original game’s multiplayer mode very happy as many were shocked yesterday that The Last of Us Part II would not be including the very popular Factions or any other sort of multiplayer mode. It is unknown at this time if Factions will be making its return as an expansion for The Last of Us Part II or as a brand new game entirely.
The Last of Us Part II will release for the PS4 on February 21, 2020, and is currently available for preorder on Amazon. For more information regarding The Last of Us Part II be sure to check back here on FrameLag.