Yesterday evening, as part of the Summer Game Fest, not only was the new edition of The Last of Us announced, but there was finally another update for the promised multiplayer of The Last of Us: Part II.
The multiplayer part of The Last of Us: Part II is still a long time coming, but at least there has finally been a sign of life since last night. Naughty Dog CEO Neil Druckmann took to the Summer Game Fest stage to confirm that said big multiplayer component is in the works and will now be released entirely on its own. So you won’t necessarily have to own the actual main game to play the multiplayer later.
However, according to Druckmann, the development studio is unfortunately still not far enough to show more of the multiplayer to the public. Accordingly, Geoff Keighley only showed a concept image showing two characters looking around the post-apocalyptic city.
In order to be able to better assess the extent of the multiplayer: According to Druckmann, the now independent title will be just as big as the single-player titles from Naughty Dog – and “even bigger in some areas”.
Druckmann continues: “There’s also a story and the way we tell that story is quite unique in this game. There’s a whole new cast of characters and it’s set in a different part of the United States.”
Judging by the concept art, the new location could be San Francisco, since the Golden Gate Bridge is apparently in view.
Unfortunately, there is still no release date, but Druckmann promised more information for the next year. Accordingly, publication is no longer to be expected before 2023.