The Last Of Us Part 2 – what is Naughty Dog working on now? (pic: Sony)
The makers of Uncharted and The Last Of Us Part 2 have ‘several cool thing’ they’re currently working on but have asked fans for patience.
It can’t be much fun being a game developer on Twitter, since if you’re not being sent death threats there’s still a constant barrage of questions about when your next game is coming out – especially if you’re Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann.
‘If you tweet at me, asking about a future project, I can’t say anything… Please stay patient. We have several cool things we can’t wait to share with you. As soon as we can, we will!’ said the director of The Last Of Us Part 2.
Naturally, that didn’t stop anyone, with many assuming this was actually a hint that an announcement is imminent, even though it seems to be the opposite.
The comment about ‘several cool things’ is revealing though, as it suggests that Naughty Dog has multiple projects underway at the moment, despite usually only making one game at a time.
However, it is relatively easy to guess at what Druckmann is referring to, as he’s already said that a multiplayer mode based on The Last Of Us Part 2 would be released in the future, after being cut from the original release, and what appears to be gameplay footage already having leaked.
It’s unclear whether he meant a standalone game or an expansion for the current one, but what’s also likely is some kind of PlayStation 5 remaster, given the current version has only had minor enhancements for Sony’s newest console – and again details of exactly that have already leaked.
The remastered version of the original The Last Of Us was a major release in the early days of the PlayStation 4 and it’s certainly suspicious that nothing has ever been said about an equivalent for the sequel.
Druckmman was also likely thinking of The Last Of Us TV show on HBO, which he is intimately involved in, even if not everyone else at Naughty Dog is.
And then of course there’s whatever the studio’s next big project is. Druckmann has previously indicated that it’ll either be The Last Of Us Part 3 or a new IP, so not a new Uncharted game.
Plans do change but back in January the company started hiring for a number of new positions, implying that development has begun in earnest. There was still no clue as to what the game might be but in the past Naughty Dog has been fine with announcing new games years of ahead of their actual release.
However, Naughty Dog has also been criticised for its working conditions and reliance on the ‘crunch’ to complete games, so it’s likely that they’ll try to address this for future projects, which could delay their progress.
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