The tease came from the studio’s co-president Neil Druckmann, who shared a list of new job positions available at the company. “Come work with us! We’re making something very cool!,” he said on Twitter.
Come work with us! We're making something very cool!🤐 https://t.co/ZGU6W3cAKU
— Dr. Uckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) January 14, 2021
The tweet also included a total of 35 job availabilities, with major roles such as producer, character concept artist, video editor, game designer, and quality assurance tester. One listing for Level/Environment Designer (Single Player) however, suggests that the unnamed project will not be The Last Of Us Part II’s multiplayer spin-off.
Factions, which was scheduled to release alongside The Last Of Us Part II as its multiplayer counterpart, was cut because it “grew beyond an additional mode that could be included with our enormous single-player campaign”.
Naughty Dog has since said that players will “eventually experience the fruits of our team’s online ambition”, and that the studio is “excited to share more when it’s ready”. The new project is also like not a DLC pack for The Last Of Us Part II as the studio has announced that it has “no plans” for an expansion.
Naughty Dog’s next gaming project remains a mystery to the public. The studio is, however, involved in several non-gaming projects as HBO has greenlit a TV adaptation of the first The Last Of Us game.
Production on next year’s movie adaptation of Uncharted – another Naughty Dog classic – which stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg also wrapped in October. The film is currently scheduled to release on July 16, 2021.