Since the release of The Last of US 2, fans of the multiplayer “fractions” are waiting for a successor. It is no secret that a standalone multiplayer should come. And yet Developer Naughty Dog continues to be covered: no trailer, no release date – an information door. But there is also the time to think about what a new TLou multiplayer can learn from its predecessor and make it better – and what he must absolutely avoid.

The talented people of Naughty Dog already knew with the multiplayer part of Uncharted 2 and 3, as they pack the exciting gameplay from the relatively short campaigns into a never-ending multiplayer. But with the multiplayer of the Last of Us, the studio could create a gaming experience, which still has a faithful player base even in the over seven-year old Remastered version. Why that is so, I have already described recently. Now is the question: Can a the last of us 2 multiplayer also create that? Or better asked: How can he do that?

The essence of the predecessor in a new guise

The multiplayer “fractions” is very old school: No regular updates, no weekly events, no handful of cosmetic items, who are just pushed behind after each match. The TLOU multiplayer was and is not a live service and does not need these typical properties to motivate its players. A faithful player was able to build fractions anyway.

But that should not mean that the TLOU2 multiplayer should do without all these elements – on the contrary. If Naughty Dog wants to overrupt the predecessor with this standalone multiplayer, then it does not hurt him to bring fresh wind into play with updates and events. But that may not be the only motivation ** for players to get the multiplayer alive. He must convince in the core.

What does the LAST OF US 2 MULTIPLAPER – and not

Factions could talk to only three game modes in the longer term. Even the TLOU2 multiplayer does not necessarily exceed this number, finally counts quality instead of quantity. However, he could be extended by cooperative modes , as the most recently in Uncharted 4 was the case. It is important that these (new) modes tickle the best of the last of us: survival, strategy, stealth.

In the Multiplayer of The Last of Us one chooses a group at the beginning and tries to gain his clan on several in-game weeks alive. The better one you play, the greater the clan, but the more members can be sick or die, if you do not play well enough. This aspect must return and be further expanded. Games like Hunt: Showdown already go so far that your will finally lose your game figure and your equipment for your virtual death . A similar concept could make the TLOU2 multiplayer even more exciting.

Another increase in multiplayer and The Last of Us in general – is to be able to produce items on-the-fly with collected materials. That makes the disputes dynamic. The standalone multiplayer should therefore complement the backpack with new but balanced items. I might imagine home-made blending grenades – or batteries that yield to her in puddles to electrify enemy players. At least Naughty Dog should take over the new crafting items from the second part, such as the * Bottle silencer *.

With the improved gameplay mechanics from the LAST OF US 2, more exciting stealth moments are also possible. Because now you can not only duck, You can even crawl and do you so better in front of enemies, scratching them up to them or turn them off with ranged weapons. Paired with spacious and more winding maps , which of you constantly demand new strategies, is varied and intensive multiplayer fighting nothing more in the way – if Naughty Dog does not make the same mistake again.

Because the studio then published DLC weapons, which are sometimes too strong and, above all inexperienced players make the entry into the already hard multiplayer. An exciting question remains, in which way the upcoming multiplayer is monetized . Naughty Dog has never published a pure online game in its entire story.

2022 will be a good year for the last of us

Oh, something comes to us. Something big. 2022 will be a good year for fans of The Last of Us. Because it is certain that are several projects in the TLou universe in the messenger : In addition to the new multiplayer, with a little luck – and that is pure speculation on my part – in the next few weeks gets a first trailer, too, comes too The HBO series to the survival game progresses well. This is celebrated probably 2023 with the first season to debut, but one or the other trailer can certainly expect this year. In addition, the rumors are increasing that the first the last of us returns with a ps5 remake . My focus is mainly the standalone multiplayer, which – and that I hope I do not lose the essence of the predecessor and at the same time creates a new, even better experience **.

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