The next The Last of Us will be a multiplayer-exclusive game

The long-rumored multiplayer component for The Last of Us Part 2 will be a standalone game with a unique story.

We've got some good news and some bad news for The Last of Us fans out there.

Next The Last Of Us Will Be Multiplayer
On one hand, we're glad to know that Factions is becoming its own game. It just sucks that we'll have to wait longer to get our hands on it.

The good news is that Naughty Dog has officially confirmed the long-rumored multiplayer game. Unfortunately, the next TLOU game will be a standalone multiplayer project, which is in line with previous reports.

According to Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann, the studio has worked on the multiplayer spin-off for the past two years, adding that the game will be "as big as any of [our] single-player games, and in some ways bigger." Finally, we also learned that the multiplayer game will have a unique story and will take place in what looks like San Francisco (The Last of Us takes place in Boston, Utah, Texas, and Wyoming.)

Unfortunately, that was all that Druckmann had to share about the game until next year.

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us multiplayer game was always an open secret. After the success of the original game's multiplayer mode, Factions, the sequel was all but expected to have a similar feature. However, as Naughty Dog must have found out while working on it, the multiplayer aspect had the potential to stand on its own two legs, which is why the add-on has now become a spin-off. Although the studio did not say it, we have a hunch that the upcoming multiplayer game will feature live-service elements and will be part of Sony's massive slate of live-service games through 2026.

Either way, now that it's official, we can't wait to find out more about the currently in-development The Last of Us project.

Next The Last Of Us Will Be Multiplayer
Thankfully, there's a handful of other The Last of Us media coming out soon to tide fans over.

In the meantime, fans can look forward to playing The Last of Us Remake on the PS5 and the PC in September. Also, HBO's The Last of Us TV show is set to wrap up filming later this week, so we can also expect the series' first trailer to come out very soon.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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