Developer Naughty Dog has confirmed that the fan favourite Factions mode will be returning to The Last Of Us Part II.
In what was a shock success in the first instalment, the online game mode hadn't been confirmed to be returning to the sequel, until E3.
Co-director Kurt Margenau told GameSpot that "Multiplayer is coming back. We're not going to talk details yet about what form that takes, but we can confirm there will be multiplayer."
A little bit secretive, maybe, but his buddy and other director Anthony Newman was more specific by detailing that the game mode "Factions is coming back."
For those of you who have never played it, Factions involves "players lead[ing] a clan of survivors through 12 weeks, either as "Fireflies" (yellow) or "Hunters" (blue).
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"Each match played counts as one day, and gives the players opportunities to gather supplies to fuel the clan's growth and progress.
"At the start of every game, the player will be told the target amount of supplies needed to keep the clan healthy. Any extra supplies over the amount needed will be used to entice other survivors to join your clan. Hungry and sick survivors can be healed by collecting more than the target amount of supplies during each day."
There are various gameplay modes including Supply raid, Survivors, Interrogation, and Sudden death and last man standing. These modes will be expected to be returning, with the possibility of a few additional ones.
Obviously fans are more excited about the actual story mode and trailers show the in development game than being nothing but the brutal sequel they had hoped for. This time it looks as if the majority of the game time will be spent as Ellie and it will take place many years after the first.
There has been no confirmation as to when this PS4 exclusive will be released, or if the multiplayer mode will be available from the launch date.
Words by: Matthew McGladdery
Featured Image Credit: Naughty Dog