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Last of Us 2 update: Bad news for fans of divisive PlayStation exclusive

The Last of Us Part 2 has broken all kinds of sales records since launching earlier this month.

The divisive Naughty Dog blockbuster is the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive to date, after shifting a whopping 4 million copies in its opening weekend on sale.

It’s already the biggest hit of 2020, selling more at launch than the mighty Animal Crossing New Horizons on Nintendo Switch.

It’s hard to imagine another single-platform game enjoying more success in 2020, a fact that isn’t lost on game director Neil Druckmann.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Druckmann writes: “The Last of Us Part 2 was made possible thanks to the efforts of the hundreds of talented and passionate developers here at Naughty Dog.

“We can imagine no greater honour than seeing that same passion mirrored by the people playing it. Thank you for helping us reach this amazing milestone.”

Unfortunately, however, it’s not all good news for fans of the Naughty Dog smash hit on PlayStation 4.

Unlike the original game in the series, The Last of Us Part 2 won’t be on the receiving end of a single-player expansion.

Druckmann confirmed the news in a recent spoilercast with Kinda Funny: “There are no plans for DLC.”

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Considering the success of Last of Us prequel Left Behind, it’s a shame fans won’t get to revisit the blockbuster PS4 exclusive.

Instead, it looks like fans may have to settle for some kind of Last of Us 2 multiplayer spinoff.

The sequel was initially tipped to launch with a new version of Factions mode from the original Last of Us.

Unfortunately, however, the size and scope of the single and multiplayer elements meant Naughty Dog was forced to postpone the Factions mode.

“We wanted to address multiplayer in The Last of Us: Part II,” reads a Naughty Dog statement from 2019.

“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.”

With the PS4 about to make way for the next-gen PlayStation 5 console, expect to see the standalone multiplayer spinoff hit PS5 in the next couple of years.

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