Naughty Dog has updated fans on the long-awaited multiplayer mode for The Last of Us Part II. In a blog post as part of the studio’s annual ‘Outbreak Day’ celebrations, Naughty Dog confirmed that they were “working on it”.
“For now, we’ll say that we love what the team is developing and want to give them time to build out their ambitious project, we’ll reveal more when it’s ready!” they add. The multiplayer mode remains in development, and since the launch of The Last of Us Part II, the studio is also “busy growing our team inside the kennel”, confirming that positions are available, encouraging those interested to apply for roles via their careers page.
The studio further praised The Last of Us Part II for becoming the most awarded game of all time, describing the achievement as something the studio “are continually proud and understand is due in large part to the incredible fan base we have.”
Two years ago to the day, on September 27, 2019, Naughty Dog revealed an update to the multiplayer mode. As a result of the single-player campaign becoming “the most ambitious project” ever undertaken by the team, the “vision of the team grew beyond an additional mode that could be included with our enormous single-player campaign.”
An update regarding multiplayer: pic.twitter.com/CUd98LgJGC
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) September 27, 2019
This in turn meant the multiplayer mode would not be included with the single-player campaign, which in itself was more than twice the size of the original, while the studio promised that fans would “eventually experience the fruits of our team’s online ambition”, while a release date was “still to be determined.”
As part of yesterday’s ‘Outbreak Day’ celebrations, the studio unveiled new The Last of Us Part II-inspired merchandise, including clothing and guitars, while “all previously released The Last of Us products on PlayStation Gear store will be 20% off, from September 23 through September 30.”