The Last of Us Remastered Patch Addresses Long Multiplayer Waits

The PS4 version's multiplayer matchmaking has been taking a very long time for many players.

When the subject of The Last of Us comes up, it's seemingly always in relation to its acclaimed single-player mode. The game has an interesting, fun multiplayer mode, too, but many PlayStation 4 owners who have picked up The Last of Us Remastered have been complaining about technical problems standing in their way of playing online. One issue in particular--long wait times when looking for a multiplayer match--is the focus of the game's latest update.

Patch 1.02 has been rolling out over the weekend, and is currently available in North America and Europe (except for the UK, Naughty Dog says on Twitter). The 142 MB update lists only one change, though it'll be a very welcome one for many: "Matchmaking updates to improve long wait times some players have experienced to find a match."

Naughty Dog has been attempting to address the long waits since the game's launch, but this is the first post-release update to deal with them. "Things have definitely improved but there still remains work for us to get the matchmaking experience where we feel it should be," community strategist Arne Meyer wrote on Naughty Dog's blog. "Patch 1.02 is our latest effort to continuing improving the matchmaking experience."

Meyer goes on to say Naughty Dog is going to continue "keeping a close eye on the time it takes to find a match among our player community so we can continue to address this issue." He also offers one suggestion which, while not ideal, may help to shorten your wait: Should you be waiting in matchmaking for a long time, back out and restart the search. "Even though this adds an extra step, we've found that it sometimes helps players get into matches quicker than continuing to wait," Meyer says.

The Last of Us Remastered (read our review here) was released on July 29. Remastered features enhanced graphics, DLC released for the PS3 version, a mode for taking photos, and some uses of the PS4 controller's new functions. Recently, some fans became upset when Naughty Dog released new DLC for the PS4 and PS3 versions of the game.

Have you been experiencing long waits in Remastered's multiplayer? Let us know what your experience has been like before and after the patch in the comments below.

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jimbo_gee
jimbo_gee

This will go down as one of my top 5 all time best games. The voice acting, facial movements, soundtrack are all absolutely fantastic. I have never been so close to a character before. I feel like my soul has been ripped out when I play this game. The only thing that truly lets this game down is the AI. It is truly abysmal at times. I seriously hope Naughty Dog fix this for their next game. Stop invading my personal space Ellie!

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

This is a good move, wait times are brutal.  Now if they could just fix those glitched achievements that Patch 1.01 causes.

frankieb_15
frankieb_15

I experience the same problems now as before the patch..... I wish I kept my ps3 version.. Get it together naughty dog, are you rockstar?

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

This is actually a relief for me. I thought no one was playing mp, or my bandwidth was too crappy to connect.

Garm31
Garm31

How about patching the gore back into the European release? Watching the shotgun or "Shorty" shred body parts and b'low u'p heads in the US release, makes the EU release look extremely tame.

justinmaker
justinmaker

Brilliant. In the middle of a cracking session of MP and get booted to install a stinking update and now can't get back on. Amazing work guys.

thefuneralboh
thefuneralboh

The mp is worse since the patch for me but I had the same problem on ps3.

doccobb
doccobb

No u and urman just suck it takes alot of time to get good at it seeing how thereis no other multiplayer experience like it around

joalopes
joalopes

I must say that the Last Of Us MP was a very nice surprise. It's really well put and fun to play. Yes matchmaking took a bit of time sometimes but once you start playing it works just fine. 


That's the thing. They really did a remarkable job. No game is perfect but I don't have anything I can point a finger in The Last Of Us.

sandman338
sandman338

So it looks like Sony is focusing on 1080p/60fps when they need to spend more time on their network.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

My issue is the entirety of the joke that PvP as it exists in this game. I wasted entire clips and arrows trying to kill as did two others and he STILL killed one of us before he went down. Ths game is one of the most imbalanced and mismatched pvp battles I've ever played. This is less about skills and more about what goodies you have. Lay down and die and you 'll eventually get what you need to actually survive.


In this game it's like wow pvp just afk til you unlock and get what you need.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

"What do you mean I can't just run up by myself and take out the entire enemy team alone without coordinating with my teammates?! This game sucks!!!"

-CoD children

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Good, now if you can just scrap those plans to milk out DLC this game will have longevity like The PS3 Version did.

Techtroll
Techtroll

Between the broken matchmaking and the shady micro transactions like skills and the desert eagle gun being purchasable only, lost a lot of respect for naughty dog.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

There were four occasions where I waited 10 to 15 minutes for a match. Two times where it found a match then bumped me. One occasion where I was booted from a game.

However, once I was in everything was stable (except for that one time) and I had a blast.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Naughty Dog lazy b*stards. Looks basically the same as the PS3 version. Meanwhile an indie group have spent the last year remaking massive chunks of Metro 2033 and Last Light for their remaster. Should be ashamed of yourselves.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Oh yeah I forgot the only other exclusive shooter is kz (motion blur supreme) super bloom

lovely_dime
lovely_dime

For the last 3/4 days i've been getting in games easy but this patch is more than welcome because it can have it's moments

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

About Fu×king time Naughty Dog. Finding a Match in MP takes me like 5 minutes and going back and forth is a pain in the @SS.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Who the hell would want to play garbage mp?

somejew24lolz
somejew24lolz

@jimbo_gee i know right, this game is a masterpiece, it's amazing! And yeah the AI does take me out of the experience sometimes, but it's not all that bad

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Speak for yourself. I enjoyed uncharted mp, and I really like it in TLOU, and I usually never play mp in games.

somejew24lolz
somejew24lolz

@Garm31 Just buy it from the US store. I'm from the UK and i bought it from the US store and all the gore and all it's amazingness is all there lol

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

What's with that? Are there some heavy censorship laws in some of the EU countries?

tomahawk08
tomahawk08

@Kinguard73

I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. It takes a lot of skill in this game. You have to make your shots count, not run around and spray and pray. If it is so imbalanced and mismatched, its only due to you and your teammates' skills and teamwork.

Your advice is terrible: "Lay down and die and you 'll eventually get what you need to actually survive." That's a load of crap. You can't level up unless you collect supplies and parts, hence doing something to help the team. 

If you don't like it, don't play it, but don't tell everyone that the PvP is a joke because its so much better than all the other PvP crap spewed at us lately.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

That was my only real issue. The purchasable skills. I'm a firm believer that micro transactions should only be cosmetic.

That being said after I got the hang of the game I was able to whoop people without needing them. I still don't like them being purchasable though.

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

@Dannystaples14 You're wrong buddy, you obviously haven't seen the game in person.  It looks loads better on the PS4 compared to the PS3 and plays better too.  I assure you Naughty Dog is NOT a lazy team-- FAR FROM IT!  4A Games, the makers of Metro have been hard at work creating this Redux version of these two games and this has been their main project for quite some time.  Naughty Dog has not only been working on TLoU Remastered for the last year, but also Uncharted 4 and another unannounced project.  Perhaps you do some research before you spout your stubborn frustrations.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Did you look at the shadows on remastered set on 60fps? Because there's a huge difference from PS3 to PS4. I notice when I pick up my copy and boy, it looks beautiful on PS4 over PS3.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

The multiplayer is really well polished (aside from the matchmaking). It's one of the most fun mp experiences I have had.

What specifically did you not enjoy? Or that you feel could have been better?

lovely_dime
lovely_dime

@b74kd3th People don't play garbage mp, TLOU's mp on the other hand is awesome mp

Garm31
Garm31

@canuckbiker 

Germany is to blame. Since Germany is the richest country in the EU, Sony/Naughty Dog don't want to rock the boat or release a separate version of the game. Avoid the EU release of TLOU. Import it.

Techtroll
Techtroll

@RicanV Don't mind if they have 100 cosmetic items either but selling a weapon and skill perks are unnecessary and greedy, nd and sony made plenty of money on this game.

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

@EasyComeEasyGo it's not for anyone into quality games that don't lie about 1080p and then pull tricks to get it to the lied about resolution

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

@RicanV it's kind of hurky jerky movement and in general I've played better 3rdps

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@sonyonly4 He saying they are a business and it's an option. Not likepvp is any good in this game anyways.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

You mean like ryse? Let's not pretend that all the friggin devs aren't trying to pull this crap. I'm not saying it's ok, but pointing the finger squarely at Sony is pretty hypocritical.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

That might have been a latency issue with your connection.

The movement was mostly fluid. Especially since the majority of people are crouching there shouldn't be hurking or jerking.