Trouble in paradise! Faced with enormous fan pressure following this week’s PlayStation Showcase, Naughty Dog has come out to explain why they didn’t take the opportunity to completely remove the veil from the anticipated mode. multiplayer for The Last of Us. In summary, the project is in crisisthis according to the study, but also with Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier.
Naughty Dog says that the project requires more time and also that he is working on another game single playerbut Schreier paints a more grim picture, where, upon evaluation, the game raised questions as to its long-term viability, and it is no longer a priority.
The team working on the game was scaled back after a recent evaluation, said the people, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly. A small group remains on the project while the company reassesses direction. Although the game has not been cancelled, many of its developers have been assigned to other projects.
NEW: Naughty Dog has significantly scaled down the team on its Last of Us multiplayer project, sources say, as it reassesses the game. Following Bloomberg’s requests for comment, the company put out a Twitter statement today saying the game was delayed. https://t.co/mHluHOez5O
—Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 26, 2023
The multiplayer of The Last of Us It was presented exactly one year ago and, until now, it was handled as an ambitious and healthy project that was close to coming out. It was only until it was missing from the PlayStation Showcase and Bloomberg reached out for answers, that reality emerged.
— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) May 26, 2023
We know many of you have been waiting to learn more about our The Last of Us multiplayer game. We’re incredibly proud of the work our studio has done so far, but As development has continued, we’ve realized that it’s in the best interest of the game to give it more time. Our team will continue to work on the project as well as our other games in development, including a new single player experience. We look forward to sharing more soon. We are grateful to our fantastic community for their support. Thank you for your passion for our games, it continuously motivates us.
What happened to the PlayStation Showcase
After years of absence, the event generated a lot of expectation and took place last Wednesday, but the lack of exclusives for PlayStation left a very bitter taste among fans, who questioned Sony’s decision to leave out games like Death Stranding 2, Wolverinethe multiplayer of Horizon and others.
That same day, PlayStation announced that it would focus its efforts on games as a service, which was made clear at the event, with that being said, insider Tom Henderson claims that there were other projects ready for demo, which simply didn’t show up for unknown reasons.