Naughty Dog: ‘The Last of Us’ Will Have The Best Multiplayer Ever Conceived

May 18, 2013 by  

'The Last of Us' Multiplayer

Survival adventure game The Last of Us is out this summer, but it’s been in development for over three years and game studio Naughty Dog has a great deal of both funding and creative energy invested in it. At one point, the developers claimed that what they wanted to do was to redefine” gaming, and to create a video game that was no longer a game with winners or losers, but simply “an experience.”

It’s certainly an approach that’s becoming more common, as creatives in the video game industry begin to challenge the notions of winning and losing – and indeed the nature of gaming – by presenting protagonists that aren’t necessarily heroes, and battles that can never really be won. As far as settings go, you can’t really get much better than the world of The Last of Us, in which humanity is stricken by a zombie-like plague, and there isn’t much of a civilization left to be saved.

Right now, we know next to nothing about the multiplayer in The Last of Us, and Naughty Dog aren’t giving much away yet. However, lead artist Nate Wells recently claimed on Twitter that even if they were to give away details, nothing they could say would do the actual gaming experience justice:

That’s bold talk for any video game creative, but the Naughty Dog team might be one of the select developers by whom such a promise provokes more excitement than it does skepticism. In a lot of cases, multiplayer in games with a strong focus on the singleplayer campaign can feel like it’s been shoehorned in at the demand of the publisher, rather than formed as an organic extension of the gameplay, and we’ve seen more than a couple of unabashed Call of Duty clones in recent years.

Ellie in 'The Last of Us'

However, there are quite a few aspects of The Last of Us that do seem like they’d lend themselves rather naturally to multiplayer. One only has to look to legends of cooperative FPS zombie games like the Left 4 Dead series to see that when you’ve got infected people coming at you from all directions, it’s good to know that someone has your back (other than the Jockeys, obviously).

Even the singleplayer campaign of The Last of Us is built around cooperative survival, with Joel and Ellie as the two central characters and other NPCs dipping in and out to help or hinder them. The developers have said that the bond between the characters is absolutely crucial to the telling of the story, and is really what the game is all about. Having said that, the multiplayer could also be built around the packs of human hunters that were seen in the latest gameplay footage – it would be pretty fun to play as one of the humans who’s been turned nasty by the fall of civilization.

Do Wells’ words leave you hyped to try out The Last of Us‘ multiplayer, or do you think the claim is way too bold?

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The Last of Us arrives in stores on June 14, 2013, exclusively for the PS3.

Source: Nate Wells

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  1. It would be awesome if they just had a zombie kind of mode.

    Put everyone in a town, with one or two zombie starter players and have them infect one another etc.

    Would be cool if on the human team, you could betray teammates and take their loot or something. So teamwork could be an optional type thing.

    • If I had to guess it would be RDR meets COD Infected or something similar. Free roam do whatever you want, PvP, PvE, with death from PvE turning you into a zombie until redeath in which case you can spawn again.

  2. Well show the darn thing already!

  3. If I had to guess, I can’t help but think of the DayZ mod for Arma 2. A world of people, ‘permanent’ death, and not knowing who is good or bad. That would be great.

  4. Hey guys, let me tell you about this book I helped illustrate. Dead serious: it’s got the best foreword ever conceived. Plz buy it?

  5. Maybe the best online multiplayer. There’s a reason I’m still playing Mario Kart 64 and Smash Bros.

    • Best games to play with friends, legendary if you ask me aha.

    • …..i was playing both those games with my friends yesterday…..

  6. This game will be the best game 2013!

  7. Looks so great. *_*

  8. I think this is the first time I’ve played a multiplayer which is as good as the single player.

    Naughty Dog surely deserves a round of applause and recognition as they consistently bring us with amazing games.

    For more info on The LAst of Us multiplayer, check this out: http://www.cheatmasters.com/blog/2013/08/11/the-last-of-us-multiplayer-guide-2/

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