The Last of Us Multiplayer Could be Free-to-Play, Job Listing Suggests

A new job listing on the Naughty Dog website has hinted that The Last of Us 2 multiplayer could be a free-to-play title.

Under the summary for a Live Ops Producer, it says that Naughty Dog is looking for a “Proven experience in a production role supporting a AAA, free to play, live title” under the Bonus Skills section.

Earlier this year at the 2022 Summer Game Fest, Neil Druckmann took to the stage at the presentation to reveal the first-ever official look at what Naughty Dog is making as its standalone, The Last Of Us-themed multiplayer game.

“What started out as a multiplayer mode has evolved because of the team’s ambition. They really wanted to do something we’ve never done before at Naughty Dog, and we felt the way to do it justice was to make it a standalone title. They’ve been working on it for the past two years, and ambition has grown, but we’re not quite ready to unveil it yet.”, Drunkmann said on the project.

It was said that more of this “very unique” experience will be revealed in 2023.

Although the job listing doesn’t confirm The Last of Us multiplayer will be free-to-play, Insider Gaming only knowns of two other projects at Naughty Dog that doesn’t fit the free-to-play model.

The image reveal at Summer Game Fest led the community to speculate that the game would be either a Battle Royale or extraction-based gamemode, which would fit into the free-to-play model.

In its release weekend, The Last of Us Part II sold over four million copies worldwide, becoming the fastest-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive, beating Marvel’s Spider-Man’s 3.3 million and God of War’s 3.1 million in the same period

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