The Last of Us multiplayer detailed

Naughty Dog sheds light on Factions mode, says it is an extension of the themes found in single-player.

With just a week and a half to go before The Last of Us hits store shelves, Naughty Dog has provided details on the game's multiplayer mode, described as the "best ever conceived."

The Last of Us' multiplayer mode is called Factions and, according to Naughty Dog, will represent an extension of the themes found in single-player.

"The moment-to-moment survival present in the single-player campaign is integral to the multiplayer," the developer said. "You'll feel tension and need to be intensely alert at all times."

In Factions, gamers must pick a side: hunters or fireflies. Each player begins with a small number of survivors that must be kept alive and grown over time.

Gamers can accomplish this in two modes, the first of which is Supply Raid. In this mode, a player's team has 20 reinforcements. Once they're exhausted, the match will go to sudden death.

In the Survivors mode, there are respawns. Once players die, they are finished until the next round begins. Matches are best of seven, meaning the first team to win four wins the match.

Naughty Dog described Factions gameplay as "very tactical," also featuring the same crafting system found in single-player. A Listen mode will allow players to locate enemies with silenced weapons, and teamwork is described as "essential."

Similar to how it works in the Gears of War franchise, a fallen teammate can crawl to allies to be revived, placing greater emphasis on teams sticking together. In addition, the Last of Us' Factions mode includes melee combat, allowing players to perform an execution on a downed player.

Gamers who preorder The Last of Us at GameStop will receive the Survival Pack, a multiplayer expansion that includes bonus experience points, a melee attack booster, extra in-game cash, customizable items, and two bonus skins that can be unlocked after the single-player game is completed.

In addition, The Last of Us will feature a $20 downloadable content season pass that includes day-one perks like increased in-game crafting speed, faster healing, a 9mm pistol reload speed upgrade, and a rifle clip capacity upgrade.

The DLC pass also includes access to single- and multiplayer expansions, which will launch sometime after The Last of Us arrives exclusively for the PlayStation 3 on June 14.

For more on The Last of Us, check out GameSpot's review.

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198 comments
Play-Pretend
Play-Pretend

The multiplayer is the best I have ever played. I haven't had this much fun in Matchmaking since Halo 2 back in the good ole days. 

BrahManDude
BrahManDude

the multiplayer is surprisingly fun and really tense probably more than single player at times plus it's really well balanced and thought out i appreciate the effort Naughty Dog made

supermia0
supermia0

i don't really like the supply raid... the losing team get nothing to counter attack :(

zombiecraze158
zombiecraze158

I think the multiplayer is actually pretty fun, don't knock it before you try it.

phantomshadow47
phantomshadow47

People should not compare this game to Uncharted. The Last Of Us is NOTHING like that series. Completely different.

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

Eh, tacked on multiplayer. From what i saw looked like a bunch of awkward crouching and tapping the melee button first wins.

gamer-clemm
gamer-clemm

I'm really excited to play the single-player campaign mode of The Last of Us, but from reading this article, I'm still not really into the whole multiplayer mode yet. 

blackothh
blackothh

full price game with day 1 DLC? I actually was interested in this game, now you greedy morons cost yourself at least 1 sale.

Im glad my game backlog is a few years, so i can wait for the 20$ GOTY edition when the game finally gets compleated..

vivalatour
vivalatour

when does a company think about ingame singleplayer DLC  there are a lot of people who would really appreciate it and most of all purchase it !!!

SC-Genjisamurai
SC-Genjisamurai

Looks like crap. Just like Uncharted I will skip the multiplayer.

trollkind
trollkind

What the heck. Pay to Win in a full price, single player focused game??

beuneus12
beuneus12

and ND bullsh*t DLC trend continues

sorry but i got burned on UC3 season pass with 90% being stuff from UC2


Epicurus-Reborn
Epicurus-Reborn

Really?!!? This is the groundbreaking multiplayer thats going to change the industry? I swear these developers are more pretentious than my shitty user name. What a joke. 

AlexFili
AlexFili

I want this so badly on Wii U

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

From what I hear it's a lot like "Gotham City Imposters" where there are "gangs" or "factions" you can join but they have no purpose whatsoever, just kinda there for "story elements" and to make it seem like your part of a bigger scale other than that it's your typical X number of lives between players of that team first one to run out loses and the other is search and destroy without the planting/defusing of bombs. Best ever conceived my a$$.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

Definitely sounds interesting. I'll hold out judgement until I play it for myself. I'm buying it for the campaign, but this could be a welcome bonus.

berethor099
berethor099

Sounds interesting, but not "the best multiplayer ever conceived"! 

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

soo, if you die, you become an spectator until next round......... nice idea, give you the time for take a leak or a nap LOL

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Sounded interesting until... "perks like increased in-game crafting speed, faster healing" That sounds like a bit of a balance problem to me.

Kaiser499
Kaiser499

I spent countless hours in Uncharted 3's multiplayer, I will be doing the same with this ones.

Faster_Bill
Faster_Bill

God of War, Uncharted, Killzone, Last of Us, Resistance, inFamous, Heavy Rain, soon we will enjoy Beyond: Two Souls... And who dare to challenge us? 

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

@Epicurus-Reborn the lead artist said that on Twitter. for christs sake, just cause he thinks it the best doesn't mean all the devs are that confident.

blackace
blackace

@mindfreak4563 Good start. Now we just have to play it for ourselves and see if that's actually true or not. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Faster_Bill Nobody. Provably because that challenge is only in your head. (You like a console, you buy it. Simple)

LoganWesker
LoganWesker

@Faster_Bill hot avatar but please stop...none of those games you mentioned are ground-breaking revolutionary titles..they are just recycled garbage

Faster_Bill
Faster_Bill

Oh! And of course: Metal Gear Solid 4!

96augment
96augment

@LoganWesker By your logic, GTA: San Andreas, Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion,  Metal Gear Solid 4, Final Fantasy 7, Half Life 2, God of War 2, Halo 3, Gran Turismo 2, and a bunch of other games are just "recycled garbage"?

LoganWesker
LoganWesker

@Faster_Bill @LoganWesker halo in 2001 and gears of war in 2006...1 moved FPS from niche to front & center and the other changed 3rd person shooters forever...im not saying its a great game series but you cant ignore it's impact.


Super Mario 64 in 1996

Goldeneye in 1997

Resident Evil & Tomb Raider on the PS1 in 1996

Metal Gear Solid on the the PS1 in 1998

GTA on the PS2 in 2001

that kinda level 

Adavanter
Adavanter

@Faster_Bill @LoganWesker I love how everything that as a 2 in it now is considered milked...

Some series are doing just fine even with sequels. Others are being driven into the ground. It's not a one size fits all.