The Last of Us 2’s multiplayer could be free-to-play with microtransactions

Naughty Dog has put out feelers for a new job role that not only hints at The Last of Us II finally becoming online multiplayer, but it could be F2P with microtransactions.

2020 saw the release of the most anticipated video game sequel in history – The Last of Us II. The highly anticipated sequel to the hugely successful first game hit all the right notes, but it was missing a key feature of the first game – online multiplayer.

The Last of Us multiplayer was hugely popular and a decent part of the overall gameplay. Naughty Dog has already confirmed that the sequel would also get some sort of multiplayer aspect, just not at launch.

Sony has already removed leaked footage of multiplayer, and now it seems closer than ever thanks to this new job listing.

Abby holding gavel
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Players could be preparing to take the reins from Abby again.

On Naughty Dogs ‘Career’ There is a vacancy for Senior Monetization / Economy Designer. We have to point out that nowhere is it directly mentioned that this ties into The Last of Us II’s online multiplayer, but knowing it’s in the works it seems like a reasonable suggestion.

The role challenges prospective contestants: “Embark on Naughty Dog’s latest adventure – the studio’s first standalone multiplayer game! Striving to bring the same level of ambition and quality of our signature story-driven games to this unique multiplayer project, we are seeking an experienced, creative and collaborative monetization designer to help us build an incredible, game-friendly economy. This position will have the opportunity to be highly innovative and excel by developing a world-class economic system from the ground up.”

Uncharted previously had online multiplayer, and it seems like Naughty Dog wants to be more ambitious this time around. However, it seems that the player might not need to own the original game, as the description mentions “first standalone multiplayer game” almost immediately.

This would indicate that The Last of Us II multiplayer will be a separate release.

Ellie fights an enemy
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Could the Factions of the original return massively expanded?

Given the microtransactions involved, it would be a safe bet that Naughty Dog are trying to get into the very profitable live service market. The business model has proven very successful for games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Warzone, and a dedicated free-to-play online mode of The Last of Us II could be a huge hit.

Obviously, much of this is speculation based on the facts discovered so far. So, until we hear something more official from Naughty Dog itself, take all of this with a pinch of salt. The Last of Us 2’s multiplayer could be free-to-play with microtransactions

Emma Bowman

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