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

Naughtydog, the famous developer of franchises like Uncharted and The Last of Us has issued a statement regarding its multiplayer title set in The Last of Us’ universe. In the statement, 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.

The statement said: “We’re sure many of you were eager to hear more about The Last of Us, our multiplayer game,” The statement read: “We are incredibly proud to have done a great job with our studio, but we realized as development continued that the best thing for the game was more time. The team is continuing work on both the single-player project and our other projects in development. We’re grateful to our fantastic community for your support – thank you for your passion for our games, it continues to drive us.”

It follows on from a report that was published by Bloomberg, which communicated troubles in the development of the title. The report states that the development team was reduced while studio leadership decided on the direction.

Originally, this multiplayer project was in development for The Last of Us Part II as a multiplayer mode similar to that of The Last of Us. Naughty Dog prioritized the single-player mode in the face of the expanding scope for both the campaign and multiplayer. The campaign was released in 2020. Naughty Dog shared concept art in June 2022 to announce that the standalone multiplayer project was now being developed. 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 latest game The Last of Us Part II in 2020 received a Metacritic score of 93%, which was universally praised by critics. However, it is causing controversy amongst players. Naughty dog has since released Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection which includes remastered Uncharted 4 A Thief’s End, Uncharted The Lost Legacy and The Last of Us Part I a remake of The Last of Us & The Last of Us Left Behind. The HBO show The Last of Us, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey garnered wide praise for its first season.

Naughty Dog has not yet revealed any further details about the project, either the multiplayer or single-player game mentioned. However, this week’s PlayStation Showcase did not mention the projects of this studio, so it may be some time before we learn more.

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