Naughty Dog posted a statement on Twitter yesterday confirming that The Last of Us Part II will not contain an online multiplayer mode.
The studio states that its vision for the “enormous” single player campaign has grown to the point where the team were forced to make the “difficult choice” to not give The Last of Us Part II an online mode.
An update regarding multiplayer: pic.twitter.com/CUd98LgJGC
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) September 27, 2019
Just in case you can’t see the embedded Tweet above, we’ve included a plain text version of Naughty Dog’s statement below:
We wanted to address multiplayer in The Last of Us Part II. As we’ve stated, the single player campaign is 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 ambition, but not as part of The Last of Us Part II. When and where it will be realized 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.
– Naughty Dog.
However, that doesn’t mean that the online mode has been entirely scrapped – Naughty Dog has said that players will “eventually experience the fruits of [the team’s] online ambition, but not as part of The Last of Us Part II.”
The Last of Us Part II comes out on February 21st, 2020. You can watch the release date reveal trailer, featuring a guest appearance from a much-loved character from the game series, below.