Could an online mode come to The Last of Us 2 after game’s single-player launch?

Uncharted fans and anyone that enjoys The Last of Us’ online experience, look sharp: it looks like Naughty Dog is working on something exciting.

During the week, Sony studio Naughty Dog posted ajob listingfor an online systems programmer, looking for a candidate to work on a ‘new online experience’.

The post is very specific with its wording – it doesn't name the series the so-called online experience is for.

This means it could be related to a mode that’ll be a standalone experience in the world of The Last of Us 2, or it could be something related to the unannounced Uncharted 5.

Though the job listing doesn’t give anything away when it comes to what the online title will be, it does hint at what we could expect from the finished project.

The listing notes that Naughty Dog is on the hunt for a candidate who is "willing to jump into a variety of systems including server technologies, core game networking, matchmaking, player data storage, and virtual store transactions.”

We already know that we won’t be seeing an online mode in The Last of Us 2.

Back in September, Naughty Dog confirmed the now-delayed next chapter in the tale of Ellie and Joel won’t have an online portion. At least at launch.

Naughty Dog's stated that the huge single-player portion of the title was enough for the development team to commit to, meaning the studio moved away from the Factions mode we saw in the original TLOU game.

Interestingly, as part of that announcement, Naughty Dog did give us a tease about when we could expect its next multiplayer project to rear its head.

What is The Last of Us: Part 2?

  • Developer – Naughty Dog
  • Release date – TBD
  • Format – PS4
  • The Last of Us Part 2 is an upcoming action-adventure video game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

    It is the sequel to 2013's critically acclaimed The Last of Us and follows on five years after the first game ended.

    Though little is known about the games central plot, the Naughty Dog website does say this:

    "In The Last of Us Part II, Ellie is now 19 and has found a semblance of peace and normality living in Jackson. She’s had a chance to be a teenager and forge lasting relationships.

    "When that peace is disrupted by a violent act, Ellie is thrust into a brutal journey of retribution, fueled by a need to bring those that have wronged her to justice, pushing her to her very limits."

    “You will eventually experience the fruits of our team's online ambition, but not as part of The Last of Us 2,” the studio noted.

    "When and where it will be realized is still to be determined. But rest assured, we are as big a fan as Factions as the rest of our community and are excited to share more when it's ready."

    We wonder if this all points to an online spin-off mode – sold and managed separately from the core TLOU 2 experience – potentially landing on the PS4 console or potentially at a much later date on the PS5.

    It’s not totally out of the question – after all, Sony is eager to work on service-based games from its first-party studios as we head into the next generation.

    Expect more news in the lead up to release and more questions are invariably asked of this major PlayStation exclusive.

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