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The Last Of Us Will Have Multiplayer, But No Main Campaign Co-op

It's a secret.

The Last Of Us, the game known affectionately around these parts as Uncharted With Zombies and Much Closer Fisticuffs, will have – unsurprisingly – multiplayer.

But it won’t be a main storyline co-operative mode.

Speaking to Gaming Examiner, game director Neil Druckmann* said that whilst the game will support multiplayer, they’re “not ready to talk about the details” but can say that it is “not co-op within the main campaign”.

That doesn’t rule out co-op, of course, just that it won’t be a two player version of the single player, with one controlling Joel and the other Ellie.

The ending, too, is already set in stone. “There is only one ending to the story and the game,” said Druckmann*. “At the end of the day, we are creating a video game and we’ve made sure that there are plenty of choices for the player to make either in combat or exploring the environment.”

“In fact, with supplies being so scarce, it’s important that you take the time to explore and scavenge for anything that may aid you in the future.”

*it’s not actually clear that the quotes are those of Druckmann but the title implies this.

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24 Comments
  1. sionllj
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Probably like Uncharted 3, then?

    Comment posted on 27/06/2012 at 22:55.
    • E8_BALL_
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      but with even more melees.

      Comment posted on 27/06/2012 at 23:41.
  2. ray_gillespie
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    “*it’s not actually clear that the quotes are those of Druckmann but the title infers this.”

    You mean ‘implies’, not infers… :p

    Interesting story though – I’m kinda sad there’s no co-op but it didn’t stop Uncharted 2 being my favourite adventure game of this generation.

    Comment posted on 27/06/2012 at 23:07.
  3. Vandix
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    The more I know about this game, the more I don’t want the game. So I’m going on a media black-out with everything concerning The Last Of Us.

    Comment posted on 27/06/2012 at 23:10.
  4. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    I guess co-op zombie arena/wave survival is pretty much a given considering it’s a zombie game as part of the MP. Perhaps also, as you suggest, a separate campaign for co-op, that would be good. And even better, is if it were 4 player co-op – maybe a new small storyline based on another small group of survivors?

    Comment posted on 27/06/2012 at 23:40.
    • jikomanzoku
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      Aren’t the primary antagonists other survivors a la The Road and The Walking Dead? Could lead to a really interesting enemy mix for a survival/wave mode and some fun strategies. Like the idea of a mini story too, not a bad idea at all sir.

      Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 09:42.
  5. skibadee
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    glad it has no co-op games like this I want to be SP.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 00:10.
    • Bodachi
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      Why glad it has no co-op as that wouldn’t stop you from playing it single player like most games let you?

      Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 00:33.
      • skibadee
        Member
        Since: Oct 2009

        why does every game need co-op just SP games are rare these days so for me no co-op is fine.

        but I see your point glad was a touch to strong not bothered would have been better.

        Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 01:14.
      • bowie
        Member
        Since: Jan 2012

        It is not always that simple. If campaign co-op is supported, all the levels have to be designed with two players in mind. Insomniac in one of their podcasts talks about how they dropped from Resistance 3 a section that worked well with one player because it didn’t work with two players. Saying no to features, like campaign co-op, can mean more time to polish the features they do include. That said, I do like co-op and hope that they include something.

        Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 05:05.
  6. Jim Hargreaves
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    The fact that he mentioned co-op suggests to me that it won’t be competitive multiplayer. I’m not fussed either way, but the latter sounds a bit more out-of-character. As long as it isn’t a straight up Horde Mode survival variant then I’m in.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 07:37.
  7. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    ‘Im doing Kickstarter to raise money for a petition to get them to chnage the ending which will then be released in US a week before Europe. THIS MUST HAPPENZ.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 08:00.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      Or accept the weak ending and hope that they won’t cock up with their next game. ;)

      Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 08:20.
  8. Nickboss1
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    COD multiplayer: spawn, kill, death.

    LOU multiplayer: spawn, kill, look for bullets, death.

    Cant wait.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 08:49.
  9. parryman
    Member
    Since: Apr 2012

    not played any Uncharted games, but that looks awesome.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 10:17.
  10. jikomanzoku
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Easily my most anticipated title this year – seems to be drawing thematically on McCarthy’s The Road and Kirkmans Walking Dead, two of my favourite “novels”.

    Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 10:38.
    • Nickboss1
      Member
      Since: Mar 2010

      you mean next year

      Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 11:20.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        He’s allowed to be excited this year, though. :-p

        Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 11:48.
      • jikomanzoku
        Member
        Since: Jan 2010

        Bugger! and lol. Methinks it may be time for a Cartman style freeze-me-in-ice type effort.

        Comment posted on 28/06/2012 at 11:59.

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