The Last of Us Factions continues to be one of Sony's weirdest projects in development. That is, if it's still in progress.
Now, Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann has a new comment when asked about the game, and it's…no comment. In an interview with EWthey also asked about Factions and a possible Last of Us Part III.
Druckman said he had "no update" on Factions and no comment in general on the future of TLOU, this game included:
"The Last of Us is obviously a world that I love deeply, and I know that the studio and our fans do as well, but I have no comment at this time on the future of the series beyond our focus on The Last of Us. Us Part II Remastered' and, 'We have other projects in the works at Naughty Dog.'
Ενώ μπορώ να καταλάβω ότι δεν θα υπάρχει τίποτα να πω για το The Last of Us Part III, το οποίο δεν έχει ανακοινωθεί ή πειραχθεί, και μπορεί να μην συμβεί καν (αν και νομίζω ότι θα συγχρονιστεί εν μέρει με τις μελλοντικές σεζόν του αγαπημένου του Druckmann Σειρά HBO), το να κάνεις ένα «κανένα σχόλιο» για το Factions σε αυτό το σημείο μετά από όλες τις αναφορές για τα προβλήcheckmateά του είναι περίεργο. Ήρθε η ώρα να ψαρέψετε ή να κόψετε δόλωμα εδώ μετά από αυτό το έπος.
Η ανάπτυξη του The Last of Us Factions φέρεται να ξεκίνησε το 2020 γύρω από την circulation του TLOU Part II, με ένα τεράστιο κομμάτι αυτής της ομάδας να εργάζεται για το πώς να φτιάξει ένα αυτόνομο, ζωντανή υπηρεσία, παιχνίδι για πολλούς παίκτες για τη Sony, πάνω και πέρα από προηγούμενες λειτουργίες πολλών παικτών. είχα κάνει.
Then, as far back as 2022, Druckmann was still talking things up like it was Naughty Dog's "biggest effort ever," sharing the single piece of concept above this post that remains the only preview of the game after all these years.
Internally, this is where the report started that things were problematic. First, there were the live service advisors Bungie which was acquired by Sony who reviewed the game and said it wasn't attractive enough. Then we heard that it had been put "on ice." Just recently, Jason Schreier reported that at least some developers are working on the game, but it's unclear how many or in what state they are. As time goes on the more it looks like this could end up being a money pit that will never see the light of day and Naughty Dog can move on to other projects.
This would align with Sony's recent backsliding on its live service ambitions, previously announcing a dozen over the next few years, then cutting that in half to six, with the other six coming out at some unspecified point in the future, but they seem unlikely to survive all . It is not clear which group the Factions are supposed to belong to. It almost seems like a low cost at this point, three years of development with huge chunks of Naughty Dog working on it, if not nearly the entire studio at one point. Now? Who knows, and Druckmann doesn't say or offer a glimmer of hope, three years later.