We have seen very little of The Last of Us Part II, and even less of the multiplayer portion of the game but that might be because it doesn’t exist anymore. Sony recently released a Days of Play exclusive PlayStation 4 console and the small print on the packaging has the following disclaimer:
PlayStation Plus sold separately. Marvel’s Spider-Man, Days Gone, God of War and The Last of Us Part II do not support online multiplayer.
This contradicts a statement that was given by The Last of Us Part II’s co-director Anthony Newman at E3 last year. “Factions is coming back,” he confirmed, “Multiplayer is coming back. We’re not going to talk details yet about what form that takes, but we can confirm there will be multiplayer,” added co-director Kurt Margenau.
Naughty Dog have been hiring developers for a multiplayer project but they usually have two games in production at once so the hires may be for something else. It’s also possible that the multiplayer portion of the game is being held back and will be released after the game launches, releasing huge chunks of content after launch is starting to become a trend these days.
Of course the other option is someone screwed up when making the box for the Days of Play PlayStation 4 console but as that sort of thing will have checked and double checked by a lot of people that does seem unlikely. Wording on packaging is very important, it’s informing the purchaser exactly what they are getting and is legally binding, this isn’t a press release cobbled together by a PR department.
The Last of Us Part II was in the news just yesterday when it was spotted that Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in the game, almost revealed the launch date. During an interview she is asked when the game is coming out and says “I think it’s Fe-” before stopping herself, it appears she was going to say February.