Naughty Dog has confirmed that the latest PlayStation 3 exclusive will not have two-player cooperative campaign while also teasing multiplayer at the same time.
Sony has always had a strong line-up of first-party content; whether it was the Crash Bandicoot series on the PlayStation One or the many, many exclusive IPs on the PlayStation 3 such as Killzone, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo and Resistance.
However, Sony’s most memorable and iconic series in the past few years has to be the Uncharted trilogy, which has been praised by gamers and critics alike. The second instalment in the series, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, raised the bar when it came to production values, narratives and storytelling in video games.
The same studio that developed the acclaimed series is now working on bringing a brand new IP to the PlayStation brand. Their latest project is titled ‘The Last of Us’ and has caused quite the buzz since its reveal trailer late last year.
The Last of Us centres around two survivors with the player taking on the role as Joel as the pair look to survive in a post-apocalyptic United States not only from the infected but also from other survivors as well.
Speculation was rife regarding whether or not there would be a co-op feature for the single-player campaign and game director, Neil Druckmann, shot down any such rumours when he said that Naughty Dog’s up-coming game would “not (have) co-op within the main campaign.”
However, at the same time, the director also admitted that the game would support multiplayer, as did Uncharted 2 and 3, but declined to comment further on any specifics.
He said, “We are supporting multiplayer with The Last of Us,” before going on to state that the studio was “not ready to talk about the details of how multiplayer would be implemented.”
This in itself should stir up quite a bit of speculation as the game is Sony’s next big thing for the PlayStation 3 console. One can expect the online multiplayer to be similar to Uncharted’s but with the tone of the game considerably grimmer and grittier than Nathan Drake’s wise-cracking, quick witted and well humoured action/adventure series.
Sony saved the demo for The Last of Us for last during their E3 Press Conference and both the demo and the presentation ended with a bang, literally as Joel fired a shotgun into a despairing survivors face. The screen may have faded out by then but the echoes of the gun shot and the screams of both the game’s friendly survivor and the man who no longer has a face or a life were life ringing in everyone’s ears.
It will be interesting to see if Naughty Dog introduces anything new in terms of multiplayer and whether or not they change their mind on the co-op element.