Naughty Dog has traditionally made its mark with story-driven, single-player titles, but the Uncharted and The Last of Us developer will be taking a bit of a detour for its next project. This is according to a pair of job ads published on Naughty Dog’s official careers page, which calls for a gameplay scripter and level/environment designer who will be assigned to work on the company’s “first standalone multiplayer game.” A statement released by Naughty Dog last year suggests that this title might be related to The Last of Us Part II.
An update regarding multiplayer: pic.twitter.com/CUd98LgJGC— Naughty Dog (@Naughty_Dog) September 27, 2019
It’s likely that the multiplayer title is The Last of Us 2’s delayed Factions multiplayer mode, which has possibly been expanded into a full standalone title. The job ads also match with comments made by PlayStation Studios boss Herman Hulst this month, who hinted at a narrative-driven online experience coming from PlayStation. “Who says that multiplayer experience cannot have great stories, right?” He said.