Factions mode will not be a part of The Last Of Us Part 2, as Naughty Dog’s new sequel will be strictly single-player only.
In surprising news, Naughty Dog has confirmed that The Last Of Us Part 2 will not have any kind of multiplayer, despite them previously saying that Factions mode would be back.
Multiplayer modes for primarily single-player games rarely turn out to be worthwhile, with fans resenting the time spent on them, but Naughty Dog’s have always been surprisingly good, especially Factions.
But speaking to USgamer, lead game designer Emilia Schatz revealed that, ‘We’re focusing on a single-player experience, so we’re just making a single-player game for this’.
This immediately caused a stir with fans, leading to Naughty Dog issuing the statement above via Twitter.
‘You will eventually experience the fruits of our team’s online ambition, but not as part of The Last Of Us Part 2’, reads the message.
‘When and where it will be realised 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.’
That could mean DLC for The Last Of Us Part 2, but the way they’ve worded it sounds more like a standalone spin-off. Which is not something they’ve ever done before.
There’s also the issue of whether there’ll be a next gen remaster of the game, as there was with the first one. The PlayStation 5 is likely to be out less than a year after The Last Of Us Part 2 and it’s not hard to imagine a definitive edition that also includes multiplayer.
For now though The Last Of Us Part 2 is due out, only on PlayStation 4, on 21 February 2020.
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