Many fans were surprised and disappointed to learn that The Last of Us: Part II wouldn't feature a multiplayer mode. The original games' Factions mode was a popular one and after the announcement was made that Part II would be a single-player only experience, many questioned the decision. Since then, Naughty Dog has released a statement where it clears things up regarding the lack of a multiplayer mode and it's an interesting read.
In the statement, the studio assures fans that the ideas the team had for a revamped Factions mode became too ambitious to add to the already massive game already being made as a single-player experience and that fans will eventually experience the fruits of the team's online ambition, just not as part of The Last of Us: Part II. As for how this vision will be realised or what it will be called, that has yet to been announced. Read the entire statement below or on Twitter.
"We wanted to address multiplayer in The Last of Us Part II. As we've stated, the single player campaign is far and away the most ambitious project Naughty Dog has ever undertaken. Likewise, as development began on the evolution of our Factions mode from The Last of Us Part I, the vision of the team grew beyond an additional mode that could be included with our enourmous single player campaign. Wanting to support both visions, we made the difficult choice that The Last of Us Part II would not include an online mode.
However, you will eventually experience the fruits of our team's online ambition, but not as part of The Last of Us Part II. When and where it will be realized 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".
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