Naughty Dog’s has a new single player game in the works.
The Not charted developer was expected to show off his The last of us multiplayer project during this week’s PlayStation Showcase. It didn’t, but on Fridayshared some news about the game, as well as a surprise announcement that a totally new game is being worked on.
The wording of the announcement doesn’t clarify whether this new single-player experience is set in the universe of The last of us or if it is something completely different. We’ve reached out for comment and will update when we hear more.
The brief announcement also let fans know that The last of us multiplayer game needs more time to cook before Naughty Dog can reveal it. Shortly after Naughty Dog’s tweet was published, Bloomberg reported that the multiplayer project seems to have some snags.
The team working on the game was scaled back after a recent evaluation, the people said, asking not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly. A small group stays with the project while the company reevaluates direction. While the game has not been canceled, many of the developers have moved on to other projects.
In addition, according to Bloomberg’s reporting, Lot 2 developer Bungie – a company that knows a thing or two about developing live service shooters – was brought in to evaluate the game. Bungie apparently expressed concern that Naughty Dog’s multiplayer game might not keep players engaged.
It’s been a while since Naughty Dog did anything that had nothing to do with it The last of us. It came out earlier this year The last of us on HBO and PC. The former received critical acclaim, the latter… less so. Naughty Dog has built a reputation for delivering top quality narrative experiences, so whatever this new game is, expect it to get you into your feelings.
Update May 26, 3:26 PM ET: Information added from from Bloomberg report.