Multiplayer assets reportedly buried in The Last of Us Part 2 information may supply clues as to Naughty Dog’s plans for its upcoming Factions sequel, together with a attainable battle royale mode.
The studio introduced in September 2019 that Last of Us Part 2 wouldn’t embrace a multiplayer element as initially deliberate as a result of it had determined to focus all its assets on making the most important single-player game in its historical past.
While a new Last of Us multiplayer providing was seemingly shelved till work on the sequel was full, a latest datamine hints at what Naughty Dog had within the works at one stage.
Content creator Speclizer, who specialises in “modding and exploration” movies, now claims to have unearthed varied leftover multiplayer assets, most notably a map prop which might have been utilized in multiplayer.
The places, which embrace Adler Park, Camallito and Port of Camallito, counsel it could have been made up of a number of single participant areas merged collectively to create a map giant sufficient to host a battle royale mode, with factors of curiosity together with Motel, Gas Station and Estate.
“Didn’t point out it within the video however within the growth footage, there’s a compass and a participant rely which is normally solely utilized in battle royales,” Speclizer wrote in a pinned remark accompanying the video. “Oh and there’s additionally an emote wheel script.”
Speclizer additionally claims to have uncovered a number of multiplayer-related objects. These embrace a ‘Listen-Mode Device’, which it’s speculated could possibly be required to make use of Listen Mode in multiplayer, ‘Collar’, which may or may not relate to the inclusion of canines, which have been a vital enemy addition in Last of Us Part 2, and ‘Handheld-TV’.
They additionally allegedly discovered however haven’t but been in a position to restore a sequence of multiplayer backpack and armour fashions.
Last month, Speclizer revealed a video revealing a Last of Us Part 2 bug that allows gamers to truly meet up with Tommy and kill him as Abby in the course of the sniper rifle chase scene which takes place within the location described as Port of Camallito within the multiplayer map prop.
“You will finally expertise the fruits of our crew’s on-line ambition, however not as half of The Last of Us Part II,” Naughty Dog stated in 2019. “When and the place it will likely be realized continues to be to be decided. But relaxation assured, we’re as large a fan as Factions as the remaining of our group and are excited to share extra when it’s prepared.”
According to job listings noticed in June, “Naughty Dog’s latest journey” might be its “first standalone multiplayer game”.
“We’re searching for to carry the identical degree of ambition and high quality of our signature, story-driven games to this distinctive multiplayer challenge,” the job advertisements learn. “This is a uncommon alternative to make an influence in your self-discipline and craft an expertise that might be loved and shared by thousands and thousands of gamers around the globe.”