Naughty Dog, the event studio behind massively profitable PlayStation console exclusives like Uncharted and The Last of Us, has revealed that it’s at present onerous at work on “multiple game projects”.
This information comes from the studio’s co-president Neil Druckmann, who made an look in Sony’s CES 2022 press convention. During the presentation, Druckmann touches on the studio’s pleasure concerning the upcoming Uncharted film in addition to HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us for TV. Druckmann closes out his section by saying that the group at Naughty Dog is “dying to share” the “multiple game projects” they’ve within the works.This isn’t the primary time Druckmann has teased that there’s loads going on at Naughty Dog following the discharge of The Last of Us 2. Back in March 2021, Druckmann tweeted to say that whereas he wasn’t capable of speak about future initiatives, the studio had “several cool things” to share, including that as quickly as they may share them, they might.
Whether or not all of those initiatives are full steam forward all on the identical time is one other matter. Naughty Dog co-president, Evan Wells, has beforehand stated in a 2021 episode of the Game Maker’s Notebook podcast (by way of VGC) that whereas the studio “definitely” has a number of initiatives, there’s “only one that is getting the lion’s share of focus at any time.”
“We don’t have two projects that have several hundred people on them,” he defined. “We have one [project] and then some that are in pre-production, or maybe just creeping out of pre-production, but will have to wait until the main focus has completed before we move everybody off of that project.”
Analysis: What may Naughty Dog be working on?
So, what may Naughty Dog be working on? Well, there have been loads of stories round that over the past 12 months.
One factor we do know that’s occurring is a standalone multiplayer for The Last of Us. Naughty Dog revealed it might sit individually to The Last of Us 2 again in 2019, explaining that “the vision of the team grew beyond an additional mode.” In September 2021, the studio confirmed that the mission was nonetheless in growth and that it was in “full swing of hiring for MP-related positions.” As but, the multiplayer doesn’t have a launch date.
As for what else may very well be within the works, there are many rumors and no official confirmations. In April 2021, as an illustration, a report emerged that Naughty Dog may very well be working on a PS5 remake of the unique The Last of Us that might have a “similar look and feel” to The Last of Us 2.
Then there’s Neil Druckmann’s revelation in April 2021 that he and co-author Halley Gross have written a top level view for The Last of Us 3, although he did at that they weren’t making it however merely hoped it might “one day it will see the light of day”.
Regardless of specifics, it feels like Naughty Dog is onerous at work and we’re hoping we’ll discover out more about its a number of initiatives as we get additional into 2022.