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The Last of Us Part 2 Multiplayer May Not Be What You Expect
Many gamers are still disappointed by "The Last of Us Part 2," because it didn't feature a multiplayer component. However, in 2021, Naughty Dog confirmed it was indeed working on a multiplayer mode for the game, with many fans believing the popular team mode "Factions" from the first game would return.
On a May 20th GamesBeat Decides podcast co-host Jeff Grubb speculated that the multiplayer mode in development would be much different than what was previously teased by Naughty Dog. Grubb said, "I think that no game called 'Factions' will ever come out, but not in a bad way, like [Naughty Dog] probably just decided that they could do more."
In addition, Grubb clarified that he believes Naughty Dog has bigger ambitions now than when it started the project. Grubb's co-host Mike Minotti looked surprised to hear this but shortly after explained that it makes sense the game would be much bigger than "Factions," because the mode has been in development for so long.
Grubb also theorized on what he believed the new multiplayer mode to be: "It seems like it's going to end up being one of those ... live service things, like in a big way." This lines up with rumors that have previously floated around the internet about the upcoming mode being a standalone, free-to-play live service game similar to games like "Fortnite."