Naughty Dog has added a new job posting on its official website, targeting a “Senior Monetization / Economy Designer” in charge of working on the “studio’s first standalone multiplayer video game.” According to what has emerged on the net in the last year or so, there are excellent chances that it is The Last of Us: Part 2 – Factions, and according to the offer, it is very likely that the game includes a system of microtransactions.
The job offer confirms the production of a standalone multiplayer video game and the extremely long production times of The Last of Us 2: Factions. Likely, what should have been a complementary experience to the 2020 video game has evolved into something unique, which will likely walk on its own two feet. Of course, it is always possible that this is a project unrelated to The Last of Us imagery. Still, President Evan Wells has already stated that Naughty Dogs is working on one project at a time, so it is difficult to imagine that there are two multiplayer games in production.
Returning to the job offer, we also read that the resource will create a sensible, efficient, user-friendly, and respectful online economic system for players. This phrase most likely anticipates the introduction of the usual double currency for microtransactions. According to several newspapers, the game could even be free-to-play, but there is no reference in this regard in the job offer, so we believe it is more likely that the title will be offered at a budget price.
The Last of Us: Part 2 is the most awarded video game in history, and Naughty Dog has confirmed several times that they want to make a multiplayer video game of the same quality. We can expect an announcement later this year.