After a prolonged period of silence, Naughty Dog has finally provided an update on the progress of its upcoming multiplayer title based on The Last of Us. While not much information has been shared about the project thus far, speculation suggests that it could be an expanded version of the popular Factions mode from the original game. However, Naughty Dog’s recent update suggests that fans will have to wait longer for any significant details or a glimpse of the multiplayer experience.
Players have eagerly awaited news about Naughty Dog’s multiplayer project, particularly hoping for an update at the recent PlayStation Showcase. While the event showcased gameplay trailers for various highly anticipated games, including Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Spider-Man 2, and a Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater remake, The Last of Us project was notably absent. Rumors suggest that Sony may have deliberately held back information on the game during the showcase. In response to the mixed reception, Naughty Dog took to Twitter to provide a status update on the development of The Last of Us multiplayer project.
The development of The Last of Us multiplayer project is experiencing delays, as Naughty Dog has recognized the need to allocate more time to ensure the game reaches its full potential. Unfortunately, specific information regarding the updated timeline for the release of The Last of Us multiplayer has not been provided by the studio. Alongside the multiplayer project, Naughty Dog has revealed that they are actively working on other games, including a mysterious “brand new single-player experience.”
Although details about these projects remain undisclosed, recent job postings indicate that Naughty Dog is in the process of finalizing their next major game.
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) May 26, 2023
According to a report from Bloomberg, the delay of Naughty Dog’s multiplayer project for The Last of Us is attributed to concerns regarding the game’s quality and long-term viability. The report suggests that Sony has played a role in slowing down the development process, leading to a reduction in the size of the team dedicated to the project.
As a result, some developers previously working on the multiplayer title have been reassigned to other projects within the company. This indicates that Naughty Dog is currently reevaluating the direction of The Last of Us multiplayer and determining the best course of action moving forward.
Sony’s increased focus on live-service games is evident through its goal of releasing 10 titles in that category by 2026. The acquisition of Bungie and the revival of Marathon further emphasize Sony’s commitment to the live-service space. However, Naughty Dog’s update on The Last of Us multiplayer suggests that gamers should temper their expectations for the project.
While the multiplayer may experience delays and changes due to quality concerns, the news of Naughty Dog working on a new single-player title is likely to generate interest among fans. The prospect of a new single-player experience from Naughty Dog holds promise and adds to the anticipation surrounding the studio’s future projects.