Last week’s PlayStation Showcase left many fans disappointed as Naughty Dog, one of the most celebrated studios in the gaming industry, did not feature in the event. Fans had expected Naughty Dog to reveal details about its much-awaited multiplayer game, The Last of Us. Unfortunately, gamers will have to wait a little longer to learn more about the title as the studio announced through a statement on Twitter that it needs more time to work on it.
As development progressed, Naughty Dog realized that the game still needed more time to make it perfect. As such, it seems unlikely that the studio will make any significant announcements about the game during the Summer Game Fest. Naughty Dog offered a first peek at the project’s concept art at the Summer Game Fest last year. Additionally, the 10th anniversary of the release of the original The Last of Us game, which occurred on June 14th, has already come and gone.
In a blog post on Naughty Dog’s website released in January, studio co-president and The Last of Us co-creator, Neil Druckmann, said that the studio would “begin to offer you some details on our ambitious The Last of Us multiplayer game” sometime in 2021. While this does not mean that the game will be released in 2023, it does hint that the gamers will have to wait for more information on this highly anticipated game. It is probably a good thing that Naughty Dog is taking its time to get things right as they do not want to be releasing a game that could have benefitted from more time in development. The studio experienced that issue in the past when they released the buggy debut of The Last of Us Part 1 on PC.
There is still some good news, though, as Naughty Dog has revealed that it has multiple games in development, including a brand new single-player experience. It has been known for some time that the studio had at least one other game in the works, but it is not yet clear whether this single-player title will continue the main story of The Last of Us. Fans of the franchise should stay tuned for more information as Naughty Dog has announced that it looks forward to “sharing more soon.”
Despite the excitement surrounding the possibility of a third installment in The Last of Us series, Druckmann confirmed in an interview with Kinda Funny that the studio is already developing another game and that the decision about the next project has been made. Druckmann did not reveal what the new game is, but he did mention that Naughty Dog considered many different options during the selection process and that the studio picked something they were most excited about.
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In conclusion, it’s evident that Naughty Dog is taking its time to perfect The Last of Us multiplayer game, and fans will have to wait patiently to see the final product. However, with the promise of other games, including a brand new single-player experience, the wait should not be too long. Fans of The Last of Us franchise should keep their eyes peeled for more information as we await the studio’s updates on their upcoming releases.