Naughty Dog defends The Last of Us multiplayer

Community strategist Arne Meyer says resources were not not taken away from single-player to work on multiplayer.

Just this week, Naughty Dog confirmed that The Last of Us would feature multiplayer, but not all were thrilled by this decision. Responding to comments on the PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer defended the PlayStation 3 game's multiplayer component. He said resources were never taken away from single-player to work on multiplayer.

"We don’t approach [multiplayer] in any of our games as tacked on," Meyer said. "And we also always have separate teams working on the different components so that we can maintain full focus on making [single-player] and [multiplayer] up to our standards."

Meyer said Naughty Dog has faith that multiplayer in The Last of Us will "stand on its own," and that if there were any ever concerns of it feeling "tacked on," then the studio would not have added it in the first place.

It was not much of a surprise for The Last of Us to feature multiplayer. The company's most recent games, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, both featured multiplayer components after the original Uncharted: Drake's Fortune did not.

The Last of Us is Naughty Dog's first game outside of the Uncharted universe since 2005. It is a postapocalyptic survival game set in the United States that follows the efforts of main characters Joel and Ellie as they fight to survive.

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lt_kiji
lt_kiji

Why do people care if they put multi-player in at all. If you don't like it, don't play it. As they said, they are not taking resources from their single-player development, so their is no repercussion towards offline experience.

I wouldn't mind them adding a multi-player to the game, especially since they are make it different. Then again, their wording of "stand on it's own," is extremely vague and just could mean that they are just going to make it different from the single-player. 

beauregarde12
beauregarde12

I hate people that whine all the time and tell me what "should" be.

widdowson91
widdowson91

"We don’t approach [multiplayer] in any of our games as tacked on,"I don't care if it is 'tacked on' or not, it just shouldn't be there at all.

RatchetV1
RatchetV1

Nothing annoys me more than people complaining about receiving more bang for their buck. For christ's sake, naughty dog clearly knows what they are doing with multiplayer. How can you even say multiplayer makes no sense when you don't even know what the multiplayer is? Hell, you don't even know what's going to happen in the single player portion of the game. Shut up & wait till you play the game. Then you have the right to complain.

deon99
deon99

Multiplayer?Really?This looks to be a epic single player game, so why add multi player?Makes no since.In less Sony wanted it in the game so they can have a  beta or something.

super_voltron
super_voltron

i'm looking forward to remember me. now that game looks cool

Shadow9304
Shadow9304

I don't believe having multiplayer on this game cheapens it in any way. Why does it? When the game is released, play the single player and pretend the multiplayer option on the start up screen isnt even there. I bet your single player experience wont change a bit. Did that with Uncharted 3. Love that game to death. And I trust Naughty Dog's decision. They are the ones making this great game after all.

 

Guest1001
Guest1001

Oh, just like no resources were taken away from Uncharted 3's single-player for the multiplayer? Except, of course, the single-player bonuses that added so much replay value to the first two games ...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

There are some games in this world that suit multi-player. There are some that do not. This game is the latter. It distracts and cheapens what will no doubt be a fantastic story mode.

 

Leave mutlti-player killing sprees on thicko games; while the rest of us can enjoy a quality, mature title, free of that nonsense.  

woodyfr
woodyfr

If you put the FULL multiplayer on the disc without DLC or season pass it's ok.

 

cbb1018
cbb1018

Not so sure about this. I mean I absolutely loved Uncharted 2's multiplayer. But when they made 3 i think they fell into the hype of Uncharted 2 that they out-thought themselves. Everything was so 1-up that it didnt feel like Uncharted. I hope that they put a fresh and new twist to this multiplayer that it will have my attenion like Uncharted 2, but i would be willing to give up multiplayer completely just to make sure that the story is absolutely fantastic.

tourdefist
tourdefist

Uncharted's multiplayer is fantastic. I am stoked The Last of Us will have it too. Although coop campaign would have been nice.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'll admit I'm not the biggest fan of multiplayer, especially in such single-player centric games. But Uncharted's multiplayer was done pretty well so I'm cool with it.

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

So the MP in uncharted was not tacked on, news to me.  This MP in this game will be no different.

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

You cant please everyone, half of gamers complain if there is MP the other half complains if there is no MP.  Devs might as well ignore the complaints and focus on bringing their artistic vision to life in whatever form they choose

crowley816
crowley816

would love co-op with a new story.

talkcasual
talkcasual

One request though.. Just one Ellie and one Joel in MP matches. Give alternative characters to the rest of the players. Uncharted with 5 Drakes was kinda silly

KillzoneSnake
KillzoneSnake

I wonder if we can play with the little girl online... shoot her too :)

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

Multiplayer can be overrated any ways.  So I will have to play with myself on this one.  I'm OK with that. ;)

adrian_cortez94
adrian_cortez94

i hope that their multiplayer includes a co-op mode with a story line of its own. or they could just let player1 play as joel and player2 play as ellie (or something like that...).

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

It's like I said on an article yesterday, The Last of Us has 3 potential factions to play with - Heroes, Villains and the Infected.

 

If Naughty Dog stray away from the widely over-used CTF, King of the Hill type of modes and actually focus on the infected element and 'survival' then multiplayer could be brilliant.  Team work could actually be essential and the possibilities for game modes extensive.

 

Let's wait to see what's in store before judging :)

nikolajrhgamer
nikolajrhgamer

Multiplayer breaks the illusion of the story in the game. It's meaningless minigames like capture the flag, or something similar without any form of realism. There is nothing wrong with minigames like that, I just fell like it goes better with some games than with others. Having multiplayer for Call of Duty or Battlefield makes sense. Having multiplayer for Heavy Rain, L.A. Noire or even the Uncharted franchise does not. At least for me. Because the games are so reliant on their stories, believability of their characters, and an overall envolvement in the world that's created. Multiplayer in these sorts of games becomes unplayable for me. It breaks the illusion. It doesn't seem right to play with Nathan Drake in a capture the flag minigame without any realism or story. Besides, regardless of how they haven't pulled any resources from the single player development in The Last of Us, having multiplayer on the disk, limits the extend of the single player game. But hey, that said, if a lot of other people like the multiplayer parts, that's OK with me :-)

jonahmaul
jonahmaul

I never play multi-player components of games anyway but I don't see how this is a problem.  The Uncharted 2 & 3 MP were widely praised and have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people so it makes sense to have it in TLOU.  I imagine it being very similar in fact and the videos of the game we've seen so far would make excellent MP maps.  I have every faith that this game is going to be amazing and can't wait to play it.  The story is the main focus but I am sure that MP will be good too.

master_zidane
master_zidane

ND doesn't have to defend itself. We believe in them. Whiners will always whine.

Borrizee
Borrizee

He doesn't need to defend it. I'm not playing mp but its good for the people that want to play it. As long as the campaign and story is good I don't mind.

talkcasual
talkcasual

Developers force MP in since it's the industry standard solution to extend playability and generate revenue (online passes must be bought for 2nd hand games). What if there were another approach which did those things and didn't feel so forced and unrelated to the fans?? I present to you - the SP mission editor / CoOp mission editor. Far cry 3 showed us this is possible but didn't follow through. Imagine you could download extra SP/CoOp missions from the community! This would make the game truly endless. And make us all get online passes since community content can be this good. This money maker complements SP and doesn't diminish it. It will also truly be groundbreaking for a big franchise to give this..

talkcasual
talkcasual

What if MP actually improved the game? It's true that it's hard to think of a way to integrate it in a way that will complement the story.. Honestly, Uncharted MP felt somewhat forced. But instead of complaining about it, maybe try to pitch them ideas?? They read the PS blog, they might listen.. A creative twist on MP could be awesome. Not some mindless shooter of course. Maybe 2 teams fighting for scarce resources trying to gather enough guns to finish each other off with zombies lurking around.. Combat could be mostly melee.. sticks and stones since guns should be very rare.. I can see this working

nandito3555
nandito3555

Good single player or good multiplayer, we rarely see both on a single game, and some games just don't need multiplayer

DarthLod
DarthLod

They can talk mumbo jumbo all day if they want. I still don't want MP in every single freaking game. It's not needed, and frankly not wanted by all. How many versions of CTF, Horde modes, and Death match variations do we seriously need? It's TIRED!! I truly miss the day's where most games were single player and multiplayer was the afterthought. Furthermore, Uncharted 3 was the worst game of last year, in both SP and MP. Take a que from Rocksteady. They understand what I am saying. Zero Multiplayer in their games.

lt_kiji
lt_kiji

@kavadias1981"resources were never taken away from single-player to work on multiplayer"

Kane04
Kane04

 @tourdefist If it has split screen it's a day 1 buy for me.

Uruca
Uruca

 @Diablo-B I'm pretty sure no one ever asked for multiplayer for this game.

super_voltron
super_voltron

 @wasakawaka

 co-op is better I don't want to run around shooting random people for  no reason. I want to team up with my buddy to fight the crazy bad ass boss

talkcasual
talkcasual

 @adrian_cortez94 Ohh... if they could just make the entire campaign playable co-op (whenever Joel and Ellie are together). Then I could die happy

talkcasual
talkcasual

 @warhawk-geeby I love ND. But they are no MP experts. The matchmaking on UC3 was bad.. I have high hopes for TLOU, but I know MP will be mediocre

jhcho2
jhcho2

 @nikolajrhgamer By your logic, COD and BF3 should not be judged by their singleplayer at all, but they are. So if both of those games are required and have the right to have a multiplayer, and at the same time are expected to have a decent single player, why can't we just turn that logic the other way around and admit that we expect The Last of Us to have a good single player, but also have a decent multiplayer the way COD and BF3 are required to have a decent single player?

hitboy806
hitboy806

 @talkcasual Infamous 2 tried this and I wasn't very thrilled about most of the community missions. Most of the community missions were mediocre. Too many people messing around with the editor to create their first mission. Although LBP did a good job.

jonahmaul
jonahmaul

 @nandito3555 I agree that games don't need MP and this is clearly more of a single player experience but the single player campaign's of the COD games are all enjoyable even if it could be argued that they are now more made for MP.  And the MP of Uncharted 2 & 3 which were both made by Naughty Dog were also very well received even though they are 'essentially' single player games.

super_voltron
super_voltron

 @DarthLod

 Its not their choice, the big wigs upstairs want it because they think it sells more games.

worlock77
worlock77

@Uruca @Diablo-B  

I'm pretty sure no one ever asked for this game in the first place. It's ND's product and as such they should follow whatever their own impulses are. If players have that much of a problem with that then they should get into the industry and make their own games.

nikolajrhgamer
nikolajrhgamer

 @jhcho2 First, I just wanna make clear that it's not like I feel it's sacrilege, to have MP on TLOU, or Uncharted, it's quite allright :-) My point was just that: Some games are more story dependent than others (and ofcourse it's subjective defining just how story dependent a game is, but take 'Heavy Rain' vs. 'PacMan': I would argue that 'HR' is more story dependent than 'PM') Based on this my "logic" is, that having MP for 'PM' makes more sense than having it for 'HR', since there is not much of an illusion to break in 'PM'. Now maybe my examples of COD and BF was poor, because the single player campaigns in these games are for some people very story dependent. For me the story in these games are not as "important" as in 'HR', 'Uncharted' and so on. Hence, for me, it makes more sense with MP for COD and BF. But I can totally understand and appreciate that one might feel differently.

nightarmy
nightarmy

is that what they call it now days? :P