Speaking during an interview with Game Informer, Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Neil Druckmann have made it clear that The Last of Us: Part 2 developer is not done with single-player games just yet.
Wells started out by saying that single-player games are ‘near and dear to us,’ and that Naughty Dog is looking to continue working on them for the foreseeable future.
Absolutely. Yeah, and it’s sort of in our DNA to tell these stories. I think that’s going to continue. Single-player experiences are near and dear to us. It’s what has attracted a lot of people to Naughty Dog, and that’s what inspires them, so I think we’re going to keep at it as long as we can.
And again, going back to who Sony is, there has never been a mandate like, “Oh, this is where we see the winds shifting. Can you start making these kind of games instead?” We know just as they know that when you work on something you’re excited by, something you’re passionate by, you’re going to do great work.
Naughty Dog is currently hiring for its first standalone multiplayer game, which is presumably a spinoff to The Last of Us: Part 2’s scrapped online component.