Factions are still in the works for The Last of Us, according to Naughty Dog, who has confirmed that they will return.
Celebratory messages rang out across the internet this past weekend for Outbreak Day, which occurs on September 26 in the world of The Last of Us, according to the video game. Outbreak Day was marked by Naughty Dog posting an update on their website regarding the Factions multiplayer mode of The Last of Us, revealing that they are still working on the game's sequel, The Last of Us.
“In short, we’re working on it,” Naughty Dog developer Rochelle Snyder wrote in a blog post, before linking to the company's original statement on the Factions mode from 2019, which can be found just below the cut. In other words, Naughty Dog is reasserting that the shipping of The Last of Us 2 was always their top priority before moving on to the spin-off multiplayer mode, which they are now completing.
An update regarding multiplayer: pic.twitter.com/CUd98LgJGC
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) September 27, 2019
“For now, we’ll say that we love what the team is developing and want to give them time to build out their ambitious project, we’ll reveal more when it’s ready!” the post from Snyder continues. “To that end, we’ve been busy growing our team inside the kennel since The Last of Us Part 2 launched and are currently in full swing of hiring for MP-related positions.“
In the original The Last of Us, Factions was the built-in multiplayer mode, and it had a fairly consistent player base, which explains why the mode has received so much attention in the sequel, Factions 2. It appeared that Naughty Dog was working on a live-service multiplayer game earlier this year. The company's hiring drive for that game continued until as recently as August, and it has now been thrust into the spotlight once more by the company's leadership. However, knowing that the Factions series will be revived by Naughty Dog will be a huge relief for the time being until we see anything new.