While Naughty Dog is undeniably known for the quality of its single player games, we should not forget that the firm has already tried more than once in multiplayer modes which are often very popular : we can for example cite those of the Uncharted games but obviously that of the first The Last of Us, which had caught the eye of a whole community. Much to his chagrin, no such section was to be declared in The Last of Us Part. II, released in 2023, despite obvious signs of development.
But in front of the incessant demand of the players and a part of the work already accomplished, Naughty Dog hasn’t lowered the lows either, and recently confirmed that they are working on a very ambitious multiplayer game that is very, very likely part of The Last of Us franchise. It did not take more to launch new speculations: what could that look like? When will this mode be released and above all, under what economic model? New answers come to us today thanks to a job offer, directly posted on the Californian studio’s website.
We can thus see on the page concerned that Naughty Dog is recruiting a “Senior designer in monetization / economics” specialized in multiplayer. A position that requires concentration “On in-game initiatives to increase revenue and conversion”, in order to advance “Game revenues while respecting the player’s experience”.
Obviously, this seems to concern neither more nor less than in-game purchases via the famous microtransactions, and in particular via “Items to recover” as well as by a “In-game virtual store”. As a result, many wonder if the model of this title would not be free-to-play, in order to adapt particularly well to the business model described above … which would frankly not be surprising in 2023.
Note that if the job offer does not specify in black and white that it is the multiplayer of The Last of Us 2, it indicates on the other hand that the set will be connected to “The new adventure of Naughty Dog”, that is “Their first stand-alone multiplayer game”. And when we collect all the clues and statements of the firm, everything suggests that this is indeed a new chapter in the famous post-apocalyptic saga … unless there is a surprise.
By the way, remember that a remake of the first episode would indeed be in preparation on PlayStation 5: you can find all the details of the story at this address.
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