Multiplayer mode for The Last of Us 2, anyone?
A recent job advertisement at Naughty Dog It indicates that the company has a multiplayer-related thing going on. The job is as a multiplayer financial designer, and describing the type of person the company is looking for speeds up the urge to speculate.
Thus they write:
We are looking for a passionate multiplayer economy designer who can help us create ways of self-expression for our players, ensure the robust longevity of our games, and give our players big rewards to strive for.
The responsibilities of the applicant:
Design, implement, and adjust game economy and player progression systems
Collaborate with other game designers to ensure ecosystems work well with the game as a whole
Collaborate widely with other departments, especially programming, character and user interface to drive production on the code and technical assets needed for the player’s economy
Collaborate extensively with the Live Ops team to improve the economy and respond to players’ needs
Develop data analytics for player behavior, and strategy for responding to those findings
Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed
It pretty much seems like players have to be able to tailor their own characters and a stream of constant rewards to keep players going. In short: a multiplayer game that’s supposed to be running for a while.
It’s not clear what the game is, but because dirty dogs have to provide The Last of Us Part 2 With multiplayer mode, first guessing lands on it.