Naughty Dog warned there wouldn't be a multiplayer portion this time.
But now nearly 2 years later, there is going to be a stand alone multiplayer for part 2, and it's coming this year.
Will it be free? It bloody should be. ND made enough money from part 2 and part 1 to keep them in underpants for a lifetime.
Chances are though that there will be an entry fee.
I don't know when it's coming, but I expect some sort of announcement/gameplay at CES this week, so hold tight and load them shotguns.
Source:We’re looking ahead to The Last of Us’ 10th anniversary in June, and we’re so excited to share more with you about the future of this franchise. We’ll have some fun surprises for you along the way, but later this year we will begin to offer you some details on our ambitious The Last of Us multiplayer game. With a team led by Vinit Agarwal, Joe Pettinati, and Anthony Newman, the project is shaping up to be a fresh, new experience from our studio, but one rooted in Naughty Dog’s passion for delivering incredible stories, characters, and gameplay. We first shared concept art of the project with you last year, and we hope this new piece of concept art below further excites you for what our team is working on.
https://www.naughtydog.com/blog/the_las ... ry_kickoff