Naughty Dog has become one of the most prominent developers in the video game industry in its own right; In particular, the most recent installments of Uncharted and The Last of Us have made many see them at the forefront of the industry’s narrative photorealism. Now, on the other hand, it seems that they are preparing to temporarily move away from the essence of single player in order to fully dedicate themselves to the multiplayer component .
Is Naughty Dog working on The Last of Us 2 online?
Thus, the VGC colleagues have detected two job offers from Naughty Dog, in particular for a level designer and a gameplay designer, in which we can read the following descriptive fragment:
” Embark on Naughty Dog’s newest adventure – the first multiplayer game from the fully independent studio! […] We seek to bring the same level of ambition and quality that defines our story games to this multiplayer project. This is one unique opportunity to impact your discipline and shape an experience that will be shared by millions of players around the world. “
Logically, at the moment it has not been specified what particular project is this that Naughty Dog is currently facing. However, it is very likely that we are facing the Factions mode of The Last of Us 2 , or what is the same, its multiplayer aspect. After all, it was before the release of The Last of Us 2 that the developer mentioned the following about the online component of the game:
” Eventually you will end up experiencing the fruits of our team’s online ambition, though simply not as part of The Last of Us Part II . When and where it will take place has yet to be determined. Factions like the rest of our community and we look forward to offering more information when appropriate. “
We see that then it was already highlighted that Factions would end up arriving, but outside the launch frame of The Last of Us 2 . This solo multiplayer project, then, would fit perfectly with the studio plans, particularly when we know that although the story of The Last of Us 3 already has a clear outline to follow, this next narrative chapter has not yet begun growth.
Ultimately, we will remember that these offers follow the line of those we saw a couple of months ago , which gave us a glimpse that Naughty Dog was already strengthening itself in order to offer a solid online experience of some kind. At the moment we do not know if there will be an announcement for this project soon, but with PlayStation absent from E3 2021, we should not rule out that they were planning an event of their own to ‘compete’ with the Los Angeles fair.