Naughty Dog is currently working on the first standalone multiplayer game. This is evident from current job advertisements.
Two new job advertisements for a gameplay scripter and level designer describe “Naughty Dog’s Latest Adventure,” and suggest that the studio is trying to translate the story-driven experiences for which it is known for into an online game. “Embark on Naughty Dog’s newest adventure, the studio’s first standalone multiplayer game,” read the job advertisements.
It adds: “We want to bring the same level of ambition and quality to this unique multiplayer project as we do with our typical story-driven games. This is a rare opportunity to make a difference in your field and create an experience that will be enjoyed and shared by millions of players around the world. ” It may well be that the postponed “Factions” multiplayer of “The Last of Us Part 2” will be expanded into an independent game.