Naughty Dog cancels its multiplayer game The Last of Us

Naughty Dog announced Thursday that it has canceled the multiplayer game it was building The last of us being.

The studio says it was in pre-production Latest of us online Even while working The Last of Us Part Two. “We were excited about the direction we were going in.” According to a blog post about the news.

However, “for release and support Latest of us online “We will have to put all of our studio resources into supporting post-launch content for years to come, severely impacting the development of future single-player games,” Naughty Dog says. “So, we had two paths: become a live-service-only game studio or continue to focus on the single-player narrative games that defined Naughty Dog’s legacy.”

Naughty Dog is clearly choosing the latter route – and also says it has “more than one” big new single-player title in the works.

Latest of us online It appears that development is already facing some problems, as Naughty Dog announced the game’s delay in May shortly after Bloomberg It was reported that Sony was reevaluating the game’s direction. (In the same postponement announcement, Naughty Dog also revealed that it was working on “an entirely new single-player experience.”) Kotaku October report About Naughty Dog laying off some contractors, the post said so Latest of us online It was “basically on the ice.”

cancellation Latest of us online It adds to Sony’s broader opposition to its live service ambitions. Instead of releasing 12 live service games by March 2026, it now plans to release only six.

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Sony and Naughty Dog The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered It will be released on January 19, 2024. The second season of the hit HBO show is scheduled to premiere in 2025.

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