The Last of Us multiplayer game could be free-to-play, job listing suggests

The Last of Us multiplayer game could be a free-to-play live service title, suggests Naughty Dog's job listing.

  • The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog is hiring a Live Ops Produce for a new game.
  • The job listing seems to hint at upcoming The Last of Us multiplayer game.
  • The Last of Us multiplayer game could be a free-to-play live service experience.

Naughty Dog had announced The Last of Us standalone multiplayer title a few months ago during Summer Games Fest 2022. At the time, the developer had only shared a few details for the game, with no mention of release date, price, or gameplay. Now, there seem to be more details about the title, thanks to a job listing on Naughty Dog website. During the multiplayer game’s announcement, Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann had said, “What started as a multiplayer mode has evolved due to the team’s ambition.” Druckmann also said that the multiplayer title is in “some ways bigger” than its single-player games.

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Based on the job listing, Naughty Dog is looking for a Live Ops Producer for an upcoming multiplayer title. The producer will “partner with producers, leads, and directors to understand their needs and develop processes to improve communication, scheduling, and overall quality of life.” The producer will work on a “multi-faceted games-as-a-service title,” which is most likely The Last of Us multiplayer game as it is expected to be a live service game. The role also requires experience in working on a AAA free-to-play live service game, which suggests the upcoming multiplayer title could be free-to-play. Naughty Dog hasn’t revealed the game’s name for obvious reasons, but it seems quite likely that the studio is hiring for The Last of Us multiplayer.

Naughty Dog hasn’t shared many details about The Last of Us multiplayer game besides its concept image. The game will have a massive map set in San Francisco, which is expected to be great for combat. The concept art of The Last of Us standalone multiplayer game has led to a fan theory stating there was a quarantine zone in San Francisco with a huge Firefly presence. Many fans now believe that they could be playing as Fireflies to fight against rival groups and the infected in the multiplayer game.