PlayStation fans reckon that a mutiplayer beta for The Last of Us Part II is on its way, or so the headlines would have you believe, but is that true? Let us take a closer look at the evidence,
The Last of Us Part II media event will be taking placing on September 24th in Los Angeles and as it’s an “event” specifically for the game we can expect a lot more to be revealed, perhaps even a release date which is rumoured to be around February 2020. In April this year it was revealed that motion capture for the game’s two lead characters played by Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker had wrapped, marking the end of all cinematic shoots, and in June this year Ashley seemed to slip and reveal the release date of the game as February 2020.
The date is also just two days prior to Outbreak Day, the day when in the world of TLOU the Cordyceps infection reached critical mass in Austin Texas. That day, September 26th, is also Joel’s birthday.
New footage of the game was shown at The GameStop Managers Conference last month with the gameplay taking place in a dark area with only fire and flashlights used to illuminate the surroundings. Apparently we will be seeing this footage “soon” so this may be what we see on September 24th.
However, the Spanish PlayStation Blog has now revealed that The Last of Us Part 2 will be appearing at Madrid Games Week 2019 which runs from October 3rd to October 6th. To be more specific it says “Visitors will enjoy different experiences related to the Death Stranding and The Last of Us Part 2 among many other things.”
Other games such as MediEvil and Dreams will be at the show but are said to be “playable demos” rather than “experiences”.
That hasn’t stopped users on ResetEra guessing that a multiplayer beta is on the way and that’s good enough for a headline it seems.
There is one, microscopically small and tenuous, piece of evidence that could indicate The Last of Us 2 multiplayer. Daniel Ahmed, Senior Analyst at Niko Partners, has said the media “will get a 3 hour hands on” with the game next week.
That seems a lot of hands on time for a single player campaign, especially for a Naughty Dog title, the first The Last of Us was around fifteen hours long so three hours would represent fair chunk of the game. That said when God of War was previewed at an event the media also got three hours hands on.
So to summarise:
- We will get more information of The Last of Us Part 2 next week.
- There is no evidence of a multiplayer beta.
- That’s it.