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Naughty Dog announces upcoming The Last of Us multiplayer maps will now be free

Posted on August 21, 2014 AT 10:01am

Thanks to the game’s recent matchmaking issues, the final pack of multiplayer maps for The Last of Us will now be free to players on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

While Naughty Dog originally intended to charge for the maps on both platforms, they’ve now decided to release the DLC pack for free as an apology of sorts for the matchmaking problems the game has had recently in its Factions mode.

As someone who has really gotten addicted to Factions since the game’s Remastered PS4 release, I’m very glad to hear this. Obviously, having matchmaking take a long time when finding some games hasn’t been fun, but it’s a problem I’ll put up with for now if it means those maps will be free. I’m never a fan of any DLC releases that splinter the player base in multiplayer games—an issue I was somewhat concerned about for The Last of Us. Now, that will no longer be a concern.

Of course, there’s still the issue of Factions needing fixes to its matchmaking, and Naughty Dog promises that those are still being worked on. The developer’s full statement on the matter is below.

Now… how about an update to let me pick my character?

It’s time for a quick status update regarding matchmaking in The Last of Us Remastered. We’ve been working hard to alleviate the long waits in Factions matchmaking some of our multiplayer community have been experiencing. We are working on resolving this issue for those in our community who are still affected.

We know this can be frustrating and the team here at Naughty Dog wants everyone in our community to know that working on this issue continues to be our number one priority.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have deployed LiveUpdates and Patch 1.02, which have resulted in some significant improvements, but there is still more to be done to reduce the matchmaking wait times.

Over the last two weeks, we’ve discovered that the most significant improvements may come from working with other teams at PlayStation to make updates to some of the existing matchmaking libraries. Since we are working with multiple groups inside and outside of the studio, we don’t yet have an exact date on when these updates will roll out. Our current estimate is on the short side of weeks, rather than months. We’ll be sure to keep you updated the moment we can provide more specific timing, or an actual date.

Believe me, the entire team at Naughty Dog completely understands how frustrating this has been for many of you in our community. We’ve got some good news. At the end of July, we teased some new multiplayer add-on content which included a glimpse at new maps for Factions. We’re glad to say that we’ve decided to release these two maps for free on both the PS3 and PS4 in appreciation for all of your continued patience as we work to resolve the matchmaking issues.

We will keep you updated as we continue to work on improving the matchmaking wait times and when we can expect the bigger update the roll out. In the meantime, if you find yourself waiting to get into a match, the best thing you can do is exit matchmaking and select “Find Match” again.

Thank you to everyone in our community for your understanding and continued support.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got started via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as can realistically be crammed in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk Eric on Twitter: @Eric_EGM. Meet the rest of the crew.

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