To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders
Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications
There's been another The Last Of Us Part II leak, but this one isn't anywhere quite as devastating as the comprehensive plot details that did the rounds online just ahead of launch. This latest breach seems to have given us our first look at Naughty Dog's standalone multiplayer expansion, a continuation of the Factions mode from the the original game.
The footage was originally uploaded by YouTube channel The IrishLizard, and while it was only 11 seconds long, it definitely looked legitimate. That particular video has since been pulled by Sony Interactive Entertainment. While that's a shame, because it means you can't see it, its takedown also serves as indirect confirmation that it was probably the real deal after all.
The good news is that VGC has since drawn our attention to another, unlisted upload that offers a much closer look at the alleged mode. As you can see from the video below, Naughty Dog is still clearly in the middle of development... but we can see what looks like a player-controlled Seraphite running around an area from The Last Of Us Part II's take on Seattle.
The original footage shared by TheIrishLizard showed a character that looked like Mel, as two other players had a knife fight in the distance. All of this definitely suggests that both pieces of footage have been taken from the in-development Factions follow-up.
The original Factions was included in The Last Of Us, and saw players choose one of two opposing factions (Fireflies and Hunters). The multiplayer component offered a variety of different modes, all of which put interesting twists on the single-player game's survival and combat elements.
In September last year, Naughty Dog confirmed that The Last Of Us Part II wouldn't contain multiplayer like its predecessor. The game's director Neil Druckmann explained that the multiplayer action the team were working on had become so ambitious that it was clear it needed to be released as a standalone experience.
"You will eventually experience the fruits of our team's online ambition, but not as The Last Of Us Part II," Naughty Dog wrote. "When and where it will be realised is still to be determined. But rest assured, we are as big a fan of Factions as the rest of our community, and are excited to share more when it's ready."
With footage of the Factions sequel already leaking, hopefully Naughty Dog will provide us with an update on when and where to expect its brutal multiplayer action soon.