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]