The Last of Us 2 News: PS4 Multiplayer, Mocap updates ahead of 2019 Release date reveal (Pic: NAUGHTY DOG)
Naughty Dog fans got a rare update this week.
In fact, in a break to the silence diehard followers of the studio have become accustomed to in recent months, we actually got two new updates on The Last of Us II. It looks like the studio may be starting 2019 as it means to go on: a little more communicative.
The first bit of news comes in the form of a multiplayer rumour.
A new job posting for a position at the Naughty Dog offices seems to suggest that this time around, The Last of Us Part II will feature more extensive customizable multiplayer character options.
The job posting at Naughty Dog is for a Multiplayer Server Programmer.
The most interesting detail from the job listing is this paragraph:
"We are looking for a server programmer who loves constructing a scalable, stable, and secure ecosystem of services for players to enjoy. You will usher them through the entire multiplayer experience, from first login, through matchmaking, and then granting rewards players can use to customize their characters in the store. As one of the caretakers of the live environment, you will be a critical part of the team that launches the games services."
It suggests that, similarly to other multiplayer shooters, playing and completing in-game challenges will reward you with cosmetic items which you can customise your character with.
The last game in the series had quite limited options for customisation, so hopefully we're going to see a more robust suite of tools to make your character your own this time.
Coded, created and developed by Naughty Dog(s) (Pic: NAUGHTY DOG)
Another update – a nice small one – is that motion capture is ongoing for the dogs in the game.
In the image above, you can see a lineup of three pooches, decked out in canine-friendly motion capture gear.
Whilst we relish the opportunity to spend more time with loyal doggo companions, we're a little nervous seeing this in production at Naughty Dog… after all, the game is gunning for an incredibly realistic post-apocalypse, and if the studio's previous emotional manipulation is anything to go by… well, we could see these good boys in less than ideal situations.
We're hoping recent studies that prove pet owners prefer the company of their animal companions to humans might have influenced Naughty Dog's narrative in The Last of Us Part II, though – maybe we'll what remains of the human race perish (yes, Ellie included) and the dogs take over.
Perhaps that's just the game we want to play, though… we'll find out what's going to happen for sure when the game releases. The Last of Us Part II still has no release date.