Singleplayer Isn't "Skimped Out On In Any Way"
After The Last Of Us' pre-order bonuses revealed the presence of competitive multiplayer, Naughty Dog have spoken out to assure fans that it won't detract from the core survival experience.
"We don’t approach MP in any of our games as tacked on," community strategist Arne Meyer wrote in various PlayStation Blog comments. "And we also always have separate teams working on the different components so that we can maintain full focus on making SP and MP up to our standards."
“We have faith that our MP will stand on it’s own. If we felt like it would be tacked on, we wouldn’t have added it. We want all our game experiences to be of the highest quality and that’s what we work extremely hard to deliver.
“MP has never taken away resources from the SP game in any of our games, always separate teams, separate resources. The folks working on the single player campaign always have the resources and support to complete that portion of the game to the vision they planned for."
“The SP portion of the game hasn’t been skimped out on in any way.”
We daresay that most gamers won't care whether The Last Of Us has multiplayer or not, but considering that Uncharted 3's competitive suite was fun in its own right (after a few balance patches), we reckon that Naughty Dog will probably deliver something serviceable. With luck, though, it will also be something new.
The Last Of Us releases next May on PS3.