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Naughty Dog "Terrified" Of Next-Generation

Felix Kemp
Naughty Dog, Next Generation, PS3 games, The Last Of Us, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Naughty Dog "Terrified" Of Next-Generation

PS2 To PS3 Switch Studio's "Darkest Days"

When you've games like Uncharted 3 and Killzone 3 to pick from, I hardly think we're in dire need of another generation of consoles. While we're clearly brushing the visual ceiling, now developers have truly mastered their respective platforms, we're finally enjoying well-realized experiences like Drake's Deception. And Naughty Dog appears to share this sentiment, telling Eurogamer the idea of transitioning to another generation of consoles is "terrifying".

"When you're going to new technology, every day is a slog, progress is slow and it really takes a different kind of attitude and mentality to get through that kind of push and it's not right for everybody," co-president Evan Wells admits. Naughty Dog have proved themselves among the most capable developers on the PS3, with Uncharted demonstrating incredible visual prowess and a masterful control of scripting, but it wasn't an easy process reaching this.

"The geek inside you is always excited about a shiny new toy, but then the practicality of it starts to set in: this is going to be a lot of hard work," he went on to explain. Describing Naughty Dog's switch from PS2 development to PS3 as "the period that Naughty Dog had its darkest days", Wells reveals the studio lost staff week on week. "People just couldn't get through it."

Wells is confident his team can handle the similar transition from PS3 to whatever its successor might be called - "we're definitely walking into it with open eyes" - but admits the studio finds the switch "terrifying", but hopes the team won't hit the same hitches they encountered before. "We made some mistakes with our move from PS2 to PS3 and we won't make those again. I guess we've done it a couple of times!"

With a separate team hard at work on The Last of Us, what is Naughty Dog's core team behind the Uncharted series working on? Wells was willing to confirm they're either still hard at work on Uncharted 3 DLC or enjoying a well-earned vacation, but did admit once they've "regrouped", they need to "figure out what the next move is".

What with the veritable storm of rumours circulating regarding an imminent switch to the next-generation next year, I wouldn't be surprised if the Uncharted team found themselves tasked with developing a title for Sony's successor the PS3. [Eurogamer]

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DivideByZero  Dec. 20, 2011 at 13:28

Hummm... can't get passed the first few lines here.

"I hardly think we're in dire need of another generation of consoles. While we're clearly brushing the visual ceiling,"
Is that not a bit of a contradiction. While this generation has reached it's limit, we don't need faster hardware? I for one would love to see faster FPS from console games. 30fps is noticibly poor and if you want good graphics then you need to push the hardware. The PS3 came out November 2006 which is over 5 years old now. The PS2 came out in 2000 which is 6 years before the PS3... we are due a hardware refresh.

"now developers have truly mastered their respective platforms"

Erm.... NO. Just no. Two words, "Skyrim" and "PS3". ND may have got their s*** down, but not everyone.

Last edited by DivideByZero, Dec. 20, 2011 at 13:30
stevenjameshyde  Dec. 20, 2011 at 14:09

I took that as meaning ND think we've hit THE visual ceiling, not just the best that this generation can support, i.e. next-gen games won't look any better than RAGE or Uncharted 3, probably as much due to the expense of making better-looking games as a pure technical limitation

DivideByZero  Dec. 20, 2011 at 14:24

I disagree. On the PC you introduce things like Teselation to get more realistic graphics without the need to spend time developing. If you look at all the features DX11 has to offer over DX9 then you can see how far things have come in that time. Doing all this sorta stuff takes processing power though and that means on old hardware you get games that run at 30 FPS which is really poor. Uncharted 3 has lovely graphics sure, but the idea of hitting the final ceiling that is not a hardware limited one is just rubbish.

What is going to happen when HD TV is replaced by something like UHDTV, which has been trialed already.


You think a PS3 or Xbox 360 could run it? No way.

Sure it's not here yet, not even close, but we have NOT hit a limit. Things will always push forward. People that have to do the work never like change. They all have to start from scratch again and it takes a while to get the best out of new hardware. Now ND feel they have got there, they don't want to have to start all again. I don't blame them - but I don't agree with them on this either.

DivideByZero  Dec. 20, 2011 at 14:27

There are lots of new ideas out there to make graphics better. People need to push forward to realise these things.


If no one ever puched we would still be in black and white playing pong (which was awesome).

Last edited by DivideByZero, Dec. 20, 2011 at 14:27

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