A Naughty Dog job listing has says its multiplayer component for The Last people Part 2 includes microtransactions as well as an in-game store, potentially hinting the sport is going to be free-to-play. The developer that brought fans both Last of Us and Uncharted has worked around the multiplayer element for TLOU2 for a while, having previously revealed it to be a standalone title. To date, details have been kept under wraps.
The Last of Us series is among PlayStation's most successful IPs up to now, using the Last people Part 2 currently holding the title of the very most awarded game in history. Fans have grown to be so immersed in Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic world that many feel a genuine connection with the lives of their heroes. It was never more apparent than if this was revealed that Naughty Dog could be killing off one such hero during TLOU2's opening scenes. The uproar which was felt across the gaming community was intense, and while it was not necessarily directed in the healthiest of the way, this reaction serves as a testament to how well written and directed the game's characters are. As such, most are wanting to get their hands on any future updates for this world, including its multiplayer component.
There continues to be hardly any known about The Last of Us Part 2's standalone multiplayer game, although the inclusion of microtransactions seems to have now been confirmed. A Naughty Dog job listing has revealed that the studio looks to employ a Senior Monetization/Economy Designer. This role will need the successful applicant to “focus on in-game initiatives to increase revenue and conversion while maintaining a powerful player-first value system.” The employee will “help build an incredible, player-friendly economy” and increase “in-game revenue and lifelong value, while respecting the player experience.” The listing also confirms microtransactions include paid in-game items, plus an in-game store. While it is never directly stated in the job listing this position is for The Last of Us Part 2's multiplayer, it does suggest that it is for “Naughty Dog's newest adventure – the studio's first standalone multiplayer game,” which TLOU2's multiplayer component is proven as.
Naughty Dog is yet to show a release date, or even a release window, because of its multiplayer element of The Last of Us Part 2. However, the studio did reveal an update on its status in September 2022. Here, the developer assured fans it understood their eagerness to determine TLOU2's multiplayer game realized, which would be revealed when it was ready. Naughty Dog also stated that it loves what the team does with the game so far, and obviously, at this time there wasn't any mention of microtransactions being considered.
How exactly microtransactions in TLOU2's multiplayer will work remains to be seen. It's not clear if the standalone game is planning to target a free-to-play model, meaning it will rely solely on microtransactions. Many had previously assumed the sport will be a paid expansion, which, if true, makes the confirmation of microtransactions as well as an in-game store potentially divisive. With 2022 now in full swing, it's hoped Naughty Dog will disclose more about the game and its model soon.