The next game in the popular “The Last Of Us” series has been cancelled.
Developer Naughty Dog said it had made an “incredibly difficult decision”, recognizing that the scope of the project would negatively impact other future titles.
The studio said in a blog post that it knows “this news will be tough” for fans and added that they are “equally devastated.”
Unlike previous releases, playstation The studio is known for single-player, story-driven blockbusters, but the canceled game was an online multiplayer experience.
Similar to titles like call of duty and fortnite updated regularly to keep players coming back.
Naughty Dog said it is “enthusiastic about the direction” of the project, but that supporting it post-launch risks “significantly impacting the development of future single-player games.”
It said such a game, such indiana jones-Like the Uncharted series, it “defined the Naughty Dog tradition.”
A studio committed to single-player roots
The studio has dabbled in multiplayer in the past, but only as an additional play mode.
First released in 2013, The Last Of Us had a popular online experience called Factions that pitted players against each other in competitive shooting matches.
It was also slated to be part of 2020’s The Last Of Us: Part II before Naughty Dog decided to spin it off and release it as a separate release, but it’s now canned .
“I’m extremely proud of everyone at the studio who worked on this project,” the blog post added.
“The technology learnings and investments from this game will be reflected in our project development and will be invaluable in the direction we are heading as a studio.”
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Naughty Dog’s next release is the PlayStation 5 re-release of The Last Of Us: Part II, scheduled for January.
The company’s games have been well-received by critics, but the company has released three versions of the original between 2013 and 2022, and has been criticized for milking the post-apocalypse Zombies series.
There is no doubt that they are trying to capitalize on the popularity of . HBO TV animationarrived earlier this year.
But the company’s blog post said it was also developing “several ambitious, ally-new single-player games.”