A recent Naughty Dog leak has revealed new details on the upcoming The Last of Us multiplayer spin-off as well as the series’ next sequel.
A leak has revealed new details on the upcoming The Last of Us multiplayer game as well the series’ next sequel. It’s been almost two years since The Last of Us Part 2 was released and developer Naughty Dog still hasn’t launched the multiplayer mode it initially promised for the game. While the studio has since announced that the supposed multiplayer mode has evolved into a standalone multiplayer spin-off, fans are still finding remnants of The Last of Us 2’s multiplayer in the game’s files.
While The Last of Us 2 launched without a multiplayer mode, its predecessor’s Factions multiplayer mode was relatively popular. Factions lets players choose between two factions and then participate in several match types to collect points either to upgrade their own weapons and armor or to convert into supplies for their respective faction at the end of each match. Fans of the game mode most likely hoped that it would return in The Last of Us 2 but that ended up not being the case.
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In a series of Tweets, Oops Leaks claims that Naughty Dog was planning to make a The Last of Us battle royale game but eventually rebooted it for something that is supposedly a mix of Escape from Tarkov and Ubisoft’s The Division, with some elements being taken from The Last of Us’s Factions as well. The new online game will have a “single-player-like” experience, will be free-to-play, and will come to the PlayStation 5 as a flagship live service title. It will supposedly be the first of ten live service games that are planned for PlayStation. Oops Leaks also claims that the outline for The Last of Us Part 3’s script is ready but Naughty Dog is currently busy working on other projects, including the aforementioned The Last of Us online game and a brand new IP that is said to be a single-player fantasy game.
TLOU Online Game
Planned as a Battle Royale but got completely rebooted. Described as a mix of Tarkov and Division with additional modes inspired by the original Factions MP. Single-player-like experience in online game. F2P, first on PS5 with further release on PC. pic.twitter.com/VyY7riRFjL
— Oops Leaks (@oopsleaks) March 31, 2022
The Last of Us Part III
Nothing but official statements from the studio, the outline of the script is ready, but the studio is engrossed in the development of the aforementioned projects. It is possible that development will begin faster than expected due to studio’s expansion.
— Oops Leaks (@oopsleaks) March 31, 2022
While Oops Leaks guesses that the new spin-off will be announced this year with a 2023 release date, another report claims that TLOU’s multiplayer game will be coming in 2022 alongside the upcoming remake of The Last of Us. It’s also possible that the spin-off will somewhat coincide with the release of the upcoming TV series, which is slated to start airing next year.
A The Last of Us multiplayer spin-off that combines elements from Escape from Tarkov and The Division seems like a pretty good idea and fits the narrative of the series pretty well. If the leak proves to be true, fans will definitely have something interesting to look forward to either this year or the next while they wait for the series’ next major installment.
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Source: Oops Leaks/Twitter (1, 2)
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