The Last of Us Part 2 goes online: Naughty Dog gathers a team for multiplayer mode

The developers of The Last of Us: Part 2 in September said that at the start of the game there will be no multiplayer,

but the studio did not refuse network mode. Now, Naughty Dog decided to replenish the team with online specialists.

What is known

Lead studio designer Vinit Agarva publisheda job for an online systems programmer on a Twitter page. The developer wrote that the team has ambitions, but they need help to implement ideas. The candidate is offered to work on server technologies, the network core of the game, the organization of matches, the storage of player data and more. A plus for the future employee will be a passion for online games.

It seems like The Last of Us: Part 2 will acquire a multiplayer mode, but not in the usual form for gamers. Back in September, developers wrote that gamers are still “reaping the fruits of the team’s network ambitions,” but not as part of the game itself.

Naughty Dog 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 the development of improved “Fractions” from The Last of Us Part I began, the vision of the team outgrew simply an additional mode that can be paired up with our huge single player campaign. We wanted to support both visions, so we made a difficult decision - 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-orders forphysical versions of The Last of Us 2 gamers noticed that the game will be released on two discs. Apparently, Naughty Dogs are doing a big project that does not fit on one standard Blu-ray disc.

Perhaps online mode will be released as a separateproject or downloadable add-ons after the release. The network component of The Last of Us 2 would occupy part of the space that is already lacking, because the developers wrote that multiplayer will not be part of the game.

Recall that in the original The Last of Usplayers could compete in the "Confrontation" mode. The participants chose the side of the "Hunters" or "Cicad", and tried to hold out for 12 rounds, local gaming weeks, collecting resources. The main task is simple - to survive and eliminate the enemy faction. Moreover, the developers focused on teamwork.

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

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