The Last of Us multiplayer might be free-to-play, if a new job advertisement by Naughty Dog is anything to go by. A hawk-eyed Redditor spotted the job listing for a Live Ops Producer on the developer’s website, which specifically seeks a candidate who has experience of “AAA, free to play, live title.” While The Last of Us isn’t mentioned anywhere in the advertisement, it is the only Naughty Dog multiplayer project we know is in development, so speculation suggests what we knew as “Factions” is now a free-to-play, standalone game.
The Last of Us multiplayer “major part” of Sony’s live service efforts
“We can finally announce that we’re creating something much larger than a mode,” Naughty Dog said of the multiplayer game earlier this year, adding that it’s “an extremely ambitious undertaking.” Previous reports claimed that the game will be “a major part” of Sony’s live service efforts. The company has made no secret of its desire to expand into the live service arena, especially following Bungie’s acquisition.
“We’re looking for a Live Ops Producer to support our major new multiplayer title,” reads the job description (via Reddit). Naughty Dog wants someone with “proven experience in a production role supporting a AAA, free to play, live title.”