The Last Of Us 2 Has Multiplayer, Naughty Dog Confirms

Factions Mode will return.

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The original The Last of Us shipped with a multiplayer portion named Factions, which ended up being a surprise hit. But until now there had been no indication about whether the PS4-exclusive sequel, The Last of Us: Part II, would follow suit. However developer Naughty Dog has now confirmed the game will indeed see the return of the popular Factions Mode.

"Factions is coming back," co-director Anthony Newman said in an interview with GameSpot. Fellow co-director Kurt Margenau continued: "Multiplayer is coming back. We're not going to talk details yet about what form that takes, but we can confirm there will be multiplayer.

The Last of Us: Part II gameplay was shown at Sony's E3 2018 press conference, and it looks as brutal as previous trailers had made it look. You play as Ellie for the sequel, which takes place many years after the first game.

The Last of Us: Part II is on the way for PS4, but Naughty Dog and Sony are remaining coy on a release window for now. For more on the sequel, check out everything we learned about The Last of Us: Part II at E3 2018. Alternatively, take a look at all the news from Sony's E3 2018 press conference.

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Sevenizz

Hopefully it’s not a crawling simulator like their last take on multiplayer was.

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RaveNRolla

Factions was one of the best competitive MPs created in the last years. I hope it stays more or less the same. It was a bad influence for U4's MP which sort of sucks because of Factions (thanks, revive mechanic) but by itself it was/is amazing.

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Cashmoney007

It does not surprise me that this game has multiplayer. Why should it surprise anybody else? Anyways, moving on to a different topic, Did people not know that Ellie is a lesbian? Did certain people not play the DLC? It is not a surprise that she was kissing another female in The Last of Us 2. Does that mean this could be an agenda? I do not think it is at all unless Sarkisian is still around, a woman that did not want to listen to different opinions. As much as I like ND, they are not perfect. But I have been pleased with their games, and actually met someone that worked at ND, but I had to stop following him on Twitter because of his crazy politics.

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Pongman75

Why put MP in this game? It's not gonna be the next PUBG or Fortnite, so why even try? Couldve built a longer game instead.

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therealmattheew

@pongman75: Well there was factions in the first one and I still play the multiplayer to this day. A lot of people still play it regularly. Player base gone in 3 months? kid are you retarded I still bump into people Ive played with 3-4 years ago. New players everyday either that or they make another account because their lvl is high or maxed..

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LiveDreamPlay

@pongman75: So there shouldn't be MP unless they aim to become the next PUBG? Please tell me you're joking...

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Pongman75

@livedreamplay: I wouldn't put MP into a game like this one, that could be more epic if ya take the MP resources and use them for campaign and story expansion. Not every game tho. Same with Uncharted. That game dont need MP either. There are enough MP games out there, so why do it when the player base is gone in 3 months? I'd rather build a more robust campaign. Just a preference tho. And I SUCK at mp in most cases lol.

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Arkhalipso

@pongman75: The first one had MP and it was epic. Besides, last time they had a separate team working on the MP. It's not taking anything away from the main game.

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RicanV

@pongman75: The first had multiplayer and a unique spin on things. It was really well done. Not everything has to be the next PUBG or Fortnite.

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Rob9999991

Remember when you picked up a game and there was no one telling you what any sexual preference was or which political leaning was right or wrong? When a gamer played a game they were vicariousness playing as themselves so whatever their personal beliefs or lifestyles were that is how they would personally interpret the character in the game if they wanted. Now it seems far too often there is some "director" in a studio with specific political leanings who feels they are entitled to preach to everyone through the medium. I just wish more developers would leave well enough alone, keep their political and social agenda to themselves and just make good games.

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LiveDreamPlay

@rob9999991: The only difference is that back then, nobody was whining about it like they are now. When we see a black character we think it's a racial agenda, when we see a female protagonist we think it's a feminist agenda, when we see a gay character we say it's a gay agenda.

Fallout 2 had tons of lesbian/bisexual stuff going on, back in 1998. I remember persona 2 having a gay protagonist, back in 2000. And many more games before and after had the same thing. So I don't really remember when there was no one telling me about sexual preference. Do you?

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Milknweed

@rob9999991: The only thing i see is that Ellie is gay.. She's been gay since the last game so i honestly don't see an issue.

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LiveDreamPlay

I love it when people are implying how the gay kiss is an insult to their religious beliefs. The same people that don't care when the character kills another character, or has sex without being wed, or steals, or any other crime that their religion doesn't accept. Those are all fine, right? Being gay however, that's the true sin, right? Lmao.

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taylor12702003

Why are they not wearing pink lady parts hats?

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GT_APE

Why don't we have more games that force my Christian views down our throats every chance we get? Then let's see how 'tolerant' these leftie snowflakes are.

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LiveDreamPlay

@GT_APE:

Erm, remember how you were telling me how I need to get a life cause I kept replying here? Talk about hypocrisy lol...

PS: are you this upset when you see characters that have sex without being wed? You know that's against the christian laws too, right?

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Rob9999991

@Torvar72: He's a "christian terrorist" because he makes comments you don't like on a video game website? Just how unhinged are you? By the way Torvar is correct. If developers started overwhelmingly, constantly pushing Christianity in their games you would be freaking out, throwing non stop tantrums.

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aross2004

@Torvar72: Ugh. You're really not helping...

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vigariox

I should bookmark this page so I can come back whenever I am bored to read these amazing comments. Keep it up guys :D

On a serious note, game looks fantastic regardless of the hate it's receiving from some folks.

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Rob9999991

@vigariox: I don't think it is hate as it is so much people are starting to get a little tired of the same old forced pc garbage. Happening more and more and it is just getting old.

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Pongman75

@rob9999991: True. I dont drive around with a "Look at me I'm heterosexual" bumper sticker because nobody gives a damn if I'm straight or not lol. This pc bs needs to stay out of my games. Hell, maybe one of the Skyrim dragons was gay? I've killed hundreds and can't tell the difference lol.

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EdwardNygma

Not buying any game that pushes a political agenda. Shame I would have bought it day one too. This reminds me of the Mass Effect Andromeda debacle.

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LiveDreamPlay

@edwardnygma: Black character - racial agenda

Female character - feminist agenda

Gay character - gay agenda

Any game that doesn't feature a strong straight white male character is a political agenda basically... nice filter you have there... ;)

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EdwardNygma

@livedreamplay: Learn to read before you post idiocy. Just another day in CNN Ignoranceland eh liberal?

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LiveDreamPlay

@edwardnygma: Learn to read? That's your excuse for posting such a moronic comment and being called out for it? Damn you're dull...

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EdwardNygma

@livedreamplay: Better dull than stupid.

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LiveDreamPlay

@edwardnygma: Pretty low standards you have there, but ok. At least you have self awareness lol...

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Rob9999991

@livedreamplay: Nope...He said "political agenda" and that is what this game is doing unfortunately. When this type of thing was few and far between no one cared but now this SJW idiocy is everywhere and most gamers don't want the developers preaching their personal views. Throw "shade" or "clap back" at me all you want, but it seems most people are just getting tired of being constantly preached at by the media and all aspects of the entertainment industry (including gaming).

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LiveDreamPlay

@rob9999991: That's the point, people consider everything political agendas nowadays. Black character? Trying to play the race card, political agenda! Gay character? LGBT card, trying to push a political agenda. Female character? Feminist movement, political agenda again.

Basically, unless it's a strong white male figure, you're going to have morons that think a political agenda is being pushed.

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BuyaPC

@edwardnygma: those character in Andromeda are plain trash obviouly made to appeal to hipster millennials. Shepard and crew we're about a zillion times cooler and more badass than the dorks in Andromeda. Similar with gears 4 and 5. Marcus and crew we're badass and now we have to see another gears game revolving around kait the most boring character in the gears universe just to push the social justice agenda. Gears 4 was already about kait and now we have to play with her. Even jd is cooler than her

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EdwardNygma

@BuyaPC: COMPLETELY agree.

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hrV_25

Day 1 for me. People who are saying shitty stuff about Ellie being gay and "LGBT agenda", etc. Are the shittiest scum on this earth. Enjoy the game, don't make it a social issue. Don't wanna buy it then don't. Just don't crap everywhere.

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odolwa99

@hrv_25: Didn't the Left Behind DLC already imply she was gay based on how she interacted with Riley?

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hrV_25

@odolwa99: yup. People just need a reason to get triggered nowadays.

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Torvar72

@hrv_25: I agree these morons just should never breed.

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aross2004

@Torvar72: That goes a bit far.

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GT_APE

@Torvar72: Oh I'm a 'gay bashing f**ing bigot' because I want to play as a straight male. Thank you for proving my entire point in that one sentence. NEXT.

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xdude85

*Goes through comments.*

Yep, just about what I expected, stay classy internet.