While the original Last of Us game is best known for its award-winning narrative, it also featured an extremely popular online multiplayer component. A multiplayer mode for The Last of Us 2 was also expected, though it has been more than a year since the game’s release without any official world-wide multiplayer. According to rumors, The Last of Us 2’s multiplayer mode may end up being a separate, stand-alone release, and it’s possible that it will include a battle royale mode as well.
A YouTuber named Speclizer has investigated assets that have been datamined from The Last of Us 2’s single-player code, as first reported by Push Square. This map, which could potentially include areas from the single-player game The Last of Us 2, has been discovered as a potential battle royale map for The Last of Us 2. Furthermore, they’ve discovered evidence of a “compass,” a player count, as well as an emote wheel script, all of which are common in battle royale games.
Other evidence that the Last of Us 2 will feature a battle royale mode includes various items that have been associated with the genre, implying that players will be required to loot for armor and equipment, as is customary for the genre. To be clear, just because something appears to point toward a Last of Us 2 battle royale does not necessarily imply that this will be the case in the future. Another possibility is that such a mode was considered but ultimately rejected, and there is always the possibility that multiplayer will never be implemented at all. This information should be treated with extreme skepticism, and fans of The Last of Us 2 should temper their expectations until official confirmation from Naughty Dog or Sony is received.
While it is unclear whether or not a multiplayer mode for The Last of Us 2 will ever be implemented, it will be interesting to see what form it takes if and when it does. A Last of Us battle royale could prove to be extremely profitable for Naughty Dog and Sony, but it’s also clear that fans are looking forward to a Last of Us Factions 2.0, which will be similar to the multiplayer from the first game but will be taken to a higher level.
It appears as though Naughty Dog is working on a standalone Last of Us 2 multiplayer experience, but fans will have to wait for an official announcement before finding out more. One has to wonder if any other Last of Us 2 rumors will come to fruition in the intervening period. There have been persistent rumors that an official Last of Us 2 PlayStation 5 port is in the works, though no official announcement has been made on this front.