The Last of Us Part 2 Factions multiplayer is coming in some form, but as a separate game

First it was “Factions is coming back. Multiplayer is coming back,” then it wasn’t, then it was, then it was confirmed yesterday that The Last of Us Part II does not have a multiplayer component, but a few hours later we find out it does, but it’s not arriving in February.

It seems that Naughty Dog had intended for Factions to be part of the game but as both the scope of the single player and multiplayer portions grew they just did not have the time or manpower to to work on both, so Factions has been spun off into something new.

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Here this the statement from Naughty Dog:

We wanted to address multiplayer in The Last of Us Part II. As we’ve stated, the single player campaign is by 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 enormous 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 ambitions, but not as part of The Last of Us Part II. When and where it will be realised 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.

As the we know the single player campaign comes on two blu-rays they are not joking about the size and scope of it.

The Collector’s Edition of the game features a 12″ Ellie statue, a replica of her bracelet, a custom steelbook case, 48-page mini art book, six enamel pins, lithograph art print and some stickers. There’s also a PS4 dynamic theme, six PSN avatars and digital copies of the soundtrack and art book.

Step down to the mere Special Edition and you’ll have the steelbook case, art book and digital contents, while the Digital Deluxe edition just has those digital thingamabobs.

If you pre-order any version of the game, you get these in-game unlocks at launch:

  • Ammo Capacity Upgrade: Instantly unlock an ammo capacity upgrade for Ellie’s pistol.
  • Crafting Training Manual: Instantly unlock the Crafting Training Manual, which provides access to new crafting recipes and upgrades.

Source: Twitter

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7 Comments

  1. Naturally, I’m bit bummed that Factions won’t be part of the launch TLOU2 package but if it means ND can deliver the game on time then it all makes sense really.

    You have to consider that launching a big multiplayer mode several months before a new console launch doesn’t make a huge amount of sense, even if the PS5 is fully backwards compatible.

  2. Is this a good sign? That they’re taking the time to do it properly and not just quickly knocking up some unnecessary MP mode like they’ve done before?

    On the other hand, their record on creating worthwhile multiplayer modes is a bit poor, so I wouldn’t expect it to turn out good whenever it appears. But it might make them a big sack of money.

    • Uncharted MP was pretty good, TLOU was amazing, the track record is decent considering they are a single player making company, they managed to do pretty well with MP

    • TLOU MP was really good, very different to other MPs as stealth was a factor.

    • TLoU multiplayer and Uncharted MP were pretty great.

      TLoU online my favourite, though Uncharted 2 and 4 were well loved by me.

  3. I guess now we know a PS5 launch title.

    Either Factions as a standalone, or a TLoU2 Remastered with an online multiplayer mode as the double dip enticement

  4. This title isn’t for me but a remaster can’t be on the cards as the PS5 is backwards compatible. So a stand alone game with mp only seems like the solution.

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