Naughty Dog Needs More Time For The Last Of Us Multiplayer Game, Teases New Single-Player Game

Naughty Dog Needs More Time For The Last Of Us Multiplayer Game, Teases New Single-Player Game

Naughty Dog, the renowned developer behind franchises such as Uncharted and The Last of Us, has released a statement on its multiplayer title in The Last of Us universe. In the post, the developer says it needs more time than originally forecasted for the multiplayer project, but softens the blow by teasing an unannounced single-player-focused game.

“We know many of you have been looking forward to hearing more about our The Last of Us multiplayer game,” the statement reads. “We’re incredibly proud of the job our studio has done thus far, but as development has continued, we’ve realized what is best for the game is to give it more time. Our team will continue to work on the project, as well as our other games in development, including a brand new single-player experience; we look forward to sharing more soon. We’re grateful to our fantastic community for your support – thank you for your passion for our games, it continues to drive us.”

This statement comes on the heels of a report from Bloombergwhich communicated troubles on the development of the title. According to the report, the development team has been scaled back while the studio’s leadership decides on a direction.

This multiplayer project was originally in development as a mode for The Last of Us Part II, similar to the multiplayer mode of the original The Last of Us. However, as the scope of both the single-player campaign and the multiplayer mode expanded, Naughty Dog made the call to prioritize the single-player campaign, which came out in 2020. In June 2022, Naughty Dog announced that the multiplayer component was now a standalone project and shared a piece of concept art (above). Earlier this year, Naughty Dog released another new piece of concept art (below) and promised more details on the standalone multiplayer project later this year.

The Last Of Us Multiplayer Game

Naughty Dog’s most recent all-new game, 2020’s The Last of Us Part II, received universal critical acclaim with a 93 on Metacritic but has proven divisive among players. In the time since that launch, Naughty Dog has released the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, which included remastered versions of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and The Last of Us Part I, a remake of The Last of Us and The Last of Us: Left Behind. Perhaps the biggest impact The Last of Us has had in 2023 came in the form of the first season of the HBO series starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, which garnered widespread praise.

There’s no word on when we’ll hear more from Naughty Dog on either this multiplayer game or the single-player project it mentioned in this statement, but with this week’s PlayStation Showcase neglecting to mention any of the studio’s projects, it could be a while before we know substantial details.

Naughty Dog, the developers behind one of the most popular video games of the past decade, The Last of Us, have continued to impress with their recent updates and developments. On Friday, the company teased that it needs more time for the sequel’s multiplayer game, as well as teasing a new single-player game.

Naughty Dog revealed in May that multiplayer game The Last of Us Part II has been delayed indefinitely due to the pandemic-induced production and development delays. On Friday, the company confirmed in a tweet from VP of Communications, Arne Meyer, that the additional development time needed may end up affecting the multiplayer game of the sequel.

“While we’re working hard to update certain aspects of the game, we’re also taking the opportunity to invest more time in something that’s becoming more and more exciting the further we get into development — the multiplayer game for The Last of Us Part II,” said Meyer.

The sequel was set to release multiplayer elements concurrently with the single-player story mode, but fans will now have to wait a little longer to be able to play online with their friends. The tweet also reconfirmed that the company is still busy developing a single-player game, but did not go into further details. This stirred up quite some frenzy and speculation from fans in the video game community on what this new game might be about.

It seems that only time can tell what this new single-player game might end up becoming, and when the world of The Last of Us will finally return. In the meantime, fans can also rejoice in the news of more development time being dedicated to the upcoming multiplayer game as it is sure to become an even greater electrifying experience than its precursor.

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