Naughty Dog already announced that they won’t be including an online multiplayer mode in The Last Of Us: Part II. The lesbian revenge-sim where protagonist Ellie attempts to hunt down and kill the people responsible for killing her Jewish lover will strictly be a single-player affair, according to Naughty Dog. However, they made a somewhat cryptic tweet indicating they will be exploring an online mode or functionality… just not in The Last of Us: Part II.
The tweet went out on September 26th, 2019 from the official Naughty Dog account, which you can view below.
An update regarding multiplayer: pic.twitter.com/CUd98LgJGC
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) September 27, 2019
If you’re unable to view the image in the tweet, it states…
“We wanted to address multiplayer in The Last of Us Part II. 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.”
So based on the message it sounds like the Factions mode will be spun off into its own separate game where they can monetize it a lot more efficiently than tacking it on to The Last of Us Part II.
If you actually cared about the multiplayer mode from The Last of Us then you might be interested in Naughty Dog’s endeavors, but if you’re already turned off with Naughty Dog’s agenda and want no part of their social engineering experiment, then it’s no sweat off your back.