The Last of Us Part 2 is going online: Naughty Dog is assembling a team for multiplayer mode

The developers of The Last of Us: Part 2 said back in September that the game would not have multiplayer at launch.

but the studio did not abandon the network mode. Now Naughty Dog has decided to add online specialists to its team.

What is known

Leading designer of the studio Vinit Agarva publishedvacancy for an online systems programmer on Twitter. The developer wrote that the team has ambitions, but they need help to implement their ideas. The candidate is offered to work on server technologies, the network core of the game, organizing matches, storing player data, and so on. A plus for the future employee will be a passion for online games.

It looks like The Last of Us:Part 2 will still have a multiplayer mode, but not in the form familiar to gamers. Back in September, the developers wrote that gamers would still “reap the fruits of the team’s online ambitions,” just not as part of the game itself.

Naughty Dog's comment on multiplayer:

"We wanted to talk about multiplayer in The Lastof Us Part II. As we said, the single-player campaign is the most ambitious project Naughty Dog has ever undertaken. At the same time, when development began on the improved “Factions” from The Last of Us Part I, the team’s vision grew beyond just an additional mode that could be included in tandem with our huge single-player campaign. We wanted to support both visions, so we made the difficult decision that The Last of Us Part II will not have multiplayer.

However, over time you will reap the benefits of networkour team’s ambitions, but not as part of The Last of Us Part II. Where and when this happens is still being decided. Be sure: we are as big fans of Fractions as the community, and we look forward to sharing the details. ”

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When Sony first opened pre-ordersOn the physical versions of The Last of Us 2, gamers noticed that the game would be released on two discs. Apparently, Naughty Dog is making a large project that does not fit on one standard Blu-ray disc.

Perhaps the online mode will be released as a separateproject or downloadable add-on after release. The online component of The Last of Us 2 would take up some of the space that is already lacking, which is why the developers wrote that multiplayer would not be part of the game.

Let's remember that in the original The Lastof Us players could compete in the Versus mode. Participants chose the side of “Hunters” or “Cicadas”, and tried to survive 12 rounds, local game weeks, collecting resources. The main task is simple - survive and eliminate the enemy faction. Moreover, the developers emphasized teamwork.

The Last of Us: Part 2 will be released on May 29, 2020 exclusively on PlayStation 4.

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