Despite earlier statements from Naughty Dog, The Last of Us Part 2 multiplayer is something fans won’t be getting. Naughty Dog confirmed this in a post earlier. However, while everyone is reporting why multiplayer isn’t coming, no one is looking at the fact that it isn’t dead.
The Last of Us Part 2 Director Niel Druckmann shared a lengthy statement to explain what happened. Due to the scope of the single-player mode and what they wanted to achieve with Factions in The Last of Us 2 multiplayer.
The game has been in development for 5-years and in those 5-years the developers worked on multiplayer and wanted to outdo the original game. Somewhere down the line, handling both the single-player and multiplayer modes became a problem, and the story took priority over multiplayer.
However, that doesn’t mean Factions is thrown out the window, all that hard work of 5-years is still in Naughty Dog’s possession.
According to Naughty Dog, “we 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.
If you look at the entire statement from Naughty Dog, the Factions mode, while canceled, for now, will return in some form. There are two ways this could go, an update in the next few months adds Factions mode to The Last of Us Part 2. Second, The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered for PlayStation 5 brings this mode across all platforms.
The Last of Us Part 2 is releasing on February 21, 2020, on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. In an interesting related note, only recently Naughty Dog shared an intense thank you letter which raised controversial questions. The main theme of the game is violent justice, and what you will do to bring people to justice if they hurt your loved ones. This is the main reason why they canceled the multiplayer mode for now as they wanted to do justice to each explored theme.