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Naughty Dog Has ‘No Comment’ On The Last Of Us Factions, In Development Since 2020


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 3 months ago '16        #1
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icon Naughty Dog Has ‘No Comment’ On The Last Of Us Factions, In Development Since 2020
 

 
The Last of Us Factions continues to be one of Sony’s weirdest in-development projects. That is, if it’s still in development at all.

Now, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann has a new comment when asked about the game, and that is…no comment. In an interview with EW, they asked about both Factions and a potential Last of Us Part III.

Druckman said he had “no update” on Factions, and no comment more generally on the future of TLOU, that game included:

"The Last of Us is obviously a world I love deeply and know our studio and fans do as well, but I have no comment at this moment on the series’ future beyond our focus on The Last of Us Part II Remastered,” and, “We have other projects in the works at Naughty Dog."

While I can understand that there would be nothing to say about The Last of Us Part III, which has not been announced or teased, and may not even happen (though I think it will, in part to sync up with future seasons of Druckmann’s beloved HBO series), pulling a “no comment” on Factions at this point after all the reporting about its troubles feels weird. It’s time to fish or cut bait here after this saga.

The development of The Last of Us Factions reportedly started in 2020 around the launch of TLOU Part II, with a huge chunk of that team working on how to make a standalone, live service, multiplayer game for Sony, above and beyond past multiplayer modes they’d done.

Then, by 2022 Druckmann was still saying things like it was Naughty Dog’s “biggest ever effort,” sharing the singular piece of concept art on top of this post that remains the only preview of the game after all these years.

Internally, this is where reporting began that things were in trouble. First, it was Sony-acquired live service consultants Bungie reviewing the game and saying it wasn’t engaging 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 what the state of it is. The more time goes on the more this seems like it could end up being a money pit that never sees the light of day, and Naughty Dog may move on to other projects.

This would align with Sony’s recent backtracking on its live service ambitions, previously announcing a dozen in the next few years, then halving that to six, with the other six coming out at some unspecified point in the future, but it seems unlikely all will survive. It’s not clear which group Factions is supposed to be in. It does almost seem like sunk cost at this point, three years of development with huge chunks of Naughty Dog working on it, if not practically the whole studio at one point. Now? Who knows, and Druckmann isn’t saying or offering even a glimmer of hope, three years later.
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 3 months ago '14        #2
NewLegends  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Before 2020
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 3 months ago '22        #3
God Bless You 
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Can’t rush greatness. Otherwise you end up with a redfall or starfield

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 3 months ago '16        #4
supa HF spitta  OP
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 God Bless You said 🔗
Can’t rush greatness. Otherwise you end up with a Babylon’s Fall or Forspoken

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Fixed
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 3 months ago '05        #5
Krazie 
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But they'll remaster a remaster no problem
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 3 months ago '14        #6
Cuttysark 
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This way more sad than Bethesda responding to reviews

Factions was dope as hell and we can't even get a run back
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 3 months ago '05        #7
Fauby  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Forget the multiplayer and give us part 3
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 3 months ago '15        #8
voltron 
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Sony needs to take a chance on new IPs.
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 3 months ago '22        #9
God Bless You 
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 supa HF spitta said 🔗
Fixed
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nice try fam

God bless
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 3 months ago '12        #10
OldBusiness  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 Fauby said 🔗
Forget the multiplayer and give us part 3
I been saying this since it was announced. They established a world of good characters who they could explore further and went to work on this sh1t

Give us single player, we want single player lol
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 3 months ago '05        #11
Krazie 
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 OldBusiness said 🔗
I been saying this since it was announced. They established a world of good characters who they could explore further and went to work on this sh1t

Give us single player, we want single player lol
They're releasing a single player game early next year
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 3 months ago '17        #12
Pretty Tone 
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 voltron said 🔗
Sony needs to take a chance on new IPs.
Give me a shadow of the coloseus remake first
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 3 months ago '06        #13
Triple0 
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 Pretty Tone said 🔗
Give me a shadow of the coloseus remake first
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They did. Back in 2018 lol

 3 months ago '17        #14
Pretty Tone 
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 Triple0 said 🔗
They did. Back in 2018 lol
That was a remaster. I need the full remake and a part 2
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 3 months ago '17        #15
Lazy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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 Pretty Tone said 🔗
That was a remaster. I need the full remake and a part 2
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Part 2?

With how part 1 ended?

How Sway?

 3 months ago '17        #16
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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They've clearly been working on this Part 2 re-release and the new features it brings.

Im not seeing I agree with what theyre doing but the sh1t literally got announced a few weeks ago. When is this site gonna stop choosing to be dense for the sake of bickering with each other.

 3 months ago '17        #17
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 Cuttysark said 🔗
This way more sad than Bethesda responding to reviews:
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You guys need to stop forcing Garfield into these conversations about actual good games. It's in a cla$s of mediocrity on its own

 3 months ago '06        #18
Kingme 
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Factions should've been in the remake. It got a 10 rating in the original release and would've held people over. We should be talking about Factions 2.

 3 months ago '05        #19
A~team 
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Its never coming out

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