The main Naughty Dog team is busy with something else.
The news of Naughty Dog releasing The Last of Us Part II Remastered for PlayStation 5 early next year was met with predictable joy and anticipation, although some players were not very happy with the company stuck on the same title for years. It's no wonder: the team has hardly had time to turn to something else between The Last of Us, then Part II, the remaster of the first game, and the multiplayer title.
However, the new remaster might be in different hands now. According to VGC's Jordan Middler, fresh Naughty Dog employees are developing this release. Replying to TrueAchievements' editor Ian Stokes, who was upset the studio was just "photocopying" their previous hit games again and again, Middler said The Last of Us Part II Remastered was "a project for new hires to get them in the game. Druckman’s team is full steam ahead on an original."
It's not clear what that "original" is, though. Could it be a totally new IP? I think this is the case, although some suggest it's another installment for the famous franchise.
While we're speculating, Naughty Dog dispelled rumors of the multiplayer project being halted despite its troubled development, and the company might deliver a nice 40-player lobby when it's finally done with it.
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