The Last of Us Part 2's lengthy single-player component looks to be the beginning and end of what players should expect to get out of the title, full stop. In a new interview, creative director Neil Druckmann confirms that Naughty Dog isn't planning any downloadable content for its latest title.
This news comes from Kinda Funny's spoiler podcast covering The Last of Us Part 2's story (via GamesRadar) with Druckmann, Ashley Johnson (Ellie), and Troy Baker (Joel). If you haven't finished the game then you may want to hold off on watching the video, but toward the end, host Greg Miller asks a few unspoilery questions of Druckmann. When asked about the prospect of DLC, Druckmann shoots it down.
"With Last of Us I think we had some season pass or something, that ahead of time [we said] we'd have some story DLC," says Druckmann, referring to what became The Last of Us: Left Behind. "No, there's no plans for it [for Part 2]."
That doesn't mean a continuation of the story is completely ruled out, of course. In another recent interview, Druckmann said that his next project at Naughty Dog could end up being The Last of Us Part 3. It also doesn't preclude the possibility of a smaller standalone release similar to Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which was originally planned as Uncharted 4 DLC.
As for the fate of the multiplayer Factions mode, Druckmann isn't sharing any additional details. After Naughty Dog confirmed to USG that The Last of Us 2 would be single-player only, the studio released a statement saying players "will eventually experience the fruits of our team's online ambition, but not as part of The Last of Us Part 2." In response to Miller saying he bets people at Naughty Dog are currently working on Factions, Druckmann responded only by miming zipping up his mouth.
So, long story short, if the team at Naughty Dog is following up the years-long, tumultuous development of Part 2 with another Last of Us project, it won't be something we buy and boot up from within the same game. Especially with the PS5 on the way, it's not hard to imagine why Naughty Dog might just let its massive sequel stand on its own.