For all its singleplayer focus and plaudits, The Last Of Us also shipped with a multiplayer mode. Its upcoming sequel will not.
Developers Naughty Dog announced the news with a short statement yesterday, while suggesting that whatever had been cooking for the game’s multiplayer will be released at a later date, just “not as part of The Last Of Us Part II”
You know what? That’s fine. I’d be happy if every single-player-focused game shipped without a tacked-on multiplayer experience. Plus, whatever is being teased later down the line—a spinoff? The Last Of Them?—might end up being a lot more interesting if it’s given space to breathe, instead of being relegated to a secondary spot on the original game’s main menu.