News broke this morning that divided the Last of Us fanbase straight down the middle. The Last of Us Part II will not have a multiplayer mode.

This has been the talk of social media and message forums so damn much that Naughty Dog has released an official statement regarding the removal of this mode, explaining exactly what was behind this major decision.

We wanted to address multiplayer in The Last of Us: Part II. As we’ve stated, the single player campaign is far and away the most ambitious project Naughty Dog has ever undertaken. Likewise, as development began on the evolution of our Factions mode from The Last of Us: Part I, the vision of the team grew beyond an additional mode that could be included with our enormous single player campaign. Wanting to support both visions, we made the difficult choice that The Last of Us: Part II would not include an online mode.

However, you will eventually experience the fruits of our team’s online ambition, but not as part of The Last of Us: Part II. When and where it will be realized is still to be determined. But rest assured, we are as big a fan as Factions as the rest of our community and are excited to share more when it’s ready.”

There you have it. Whatever their multiplayer team is working on really sounds as if it could be something special. This is Naughty Dog. I will gladly give them the benefit of the doubt.

The Last of Us Part II aims to blow everyone away when it releases on February 21st, 2020.