Naughty Dog working on two "brand-new experiences" besides Last of Us PS4

The studio's only other known project is the new Uncharted for PS4.

Uncharted and The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog has two "brand-new experiences" in the works in addition to The Last of Us Remastered, according to the studio's Neil Druckmann.

In an interview with Edge discussing Remastered, Druckmann, creative director of The Last of Us, expressed some thoughts on seeing games and movies re-released when a new generation of consoles or disc formats comes out. Talking about "looking at a DVD versus Blu-ray, he said, "It's not a totally brand-new experience, but when you're seeing the film, the clarity of the image is much closer to how the director and the team initially saw it. There's something nice about that. I think if there was nothing but remakes, that would be pretty sad for the console. Just like any system out there, any medium, it's going to be a mixture."

And Naughty Dog will be helping to provide that mixture on the PlayStation 4. "We're working on this re-release, but at the same time we're working on two other brand-new experiences," Druckmann said. "When Blu-ray came out, the first thing is you buy all these re-releases of movies that you've loved, and then you see Gravity and you can't wait to see it on your Blu-ray. There's always room for a mixture of old and new."

Aside from The Last of Us Remastered, the only project Naughty Dog is known to be working on is the new Uncharted game for PS4, which is presumably one of the two new experiences Druckmann mentioned. Whatever the other "experience" might be--assuming it is a game--as a Sony subsidiary, Naughty Dog is undoubtedly working on it for PlayStation systems.

Before becoming best known for the Uncharted series, Naughty Dog was the developer behind the Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series. Prior to developing The Last of Us, Naughty Dog seriously considered making a new Jak and Daxter game before deciding it would be doing "everybody a disservice" with the game it would end up making--a decision that led to the studio working on The Last of Us. And while the possibility of a future Jak game being developed wasn't completely ruled out, co-president Evan Wells didn't sound optimistic about the chances back in 2012.

"Naughty Dog's got a long history, and I think it's got a long future, so to say we'll never go back is kind of crazy," he said at the time. "It's still up in the air, but I wouldn't think that's going to happen because I think we'd run into all of the same problems with that team that we did with this team."

The new Uncharted in the works for PS4 does not yet have a name, but there have been rumors that gameplay footage will be shown at E3 next month. One thing we know for sure is that Todd Stashwick, who voiced the teaser trailer released last year and was set to play a "significant" role in the game, will not be involved. His role was recast after he followed former Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig to Visceral Games to work on its new Star Wars game.

Naughty Dog has shed a number of key staffers of late; in addition to Hennig, The Last of Us lead artist Nate Wells and Uncharted 4 director Justin Richmond have parted ways with the studio this year.

Now that we know it has a second new game in the works, what are you hoping to see from Naughty Dog? Let us know in the comments below.

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chkmode
chkmode

I don't want ND to make the sequel of The last of us. I want them to develop something new and fresh. Though I really want 007 Bond game but as they are owned by Sony so I guess Rocksteady would make a great Bond game.

Young_Charter
Young_Charter

Naughty Dog are developers I don't request anything from. I just wait to see what they have to offer and just accept it because it is always pretty damn good. I do see a TLOU 2 though. But not in a hurry. I can wait.

Rennik_Repotsir
Rennik_Repotsir

NG is a good developer; however I want to "play" a video game, not "experience" it...

megamatics
megamatics

Please don't be an Eye Toy or Morpheus game. 

SkaiNett
SkaiNett

The Last of Us 2. You say no Naughty Dog, but my wallet says yes. My damn near empty wallet says yes. It has told me it will bleed itself dry for the greater good. Don't let its sacrifice be in vain. Don't let its sacrifice be over another CoD: Standardized Warfare.

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

A new IP please, I hope that for the good of the PS4 and Sony

virtuasega
virtuasega

I would love to see a new Crash game by naughty dog, after they left the series it went downhill fast. I'd love to see what crash would look like on the ps4, and throw in some hd versions of the original 3 games as well...and crash racing.

theKSMM
theKSMM

When I read the sentence "His role was recast after he followed former Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig to..." my eyebrows went up; I thought I was about to read that he was fired for stalking some woman. But by the end of the sentence I realized that it was a move for professional reasons.  Whew!  :-)

Iordanis1278
Iordanis1278

jak and darter was one of my favorite games on the ps4 and one of the best platformers i have played. I think that if the second game is jak and daxter that would please a lot of ps4 owners. Its being a long time since we last played a game of the series and it will be refreshing to see a new jak and daxter game. Finally, there aren't many platform games announced for ps4 so the system could benefit  from an excellent platformer like jak and darter. 

bjklol
bjklol

They said in 2012 that the possibility of a new Jak isn't out of the question, so I'm willing to bet that one of their new projects is Jak 4.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

I don't even care what they make, it'll be awesome.

homerlvsbeer
homerlvsbeer

Really looking forward to this. if its a step up in graphics like tomb raider was with tomb raider definitive edition i will be very happy indeed. 

kellyandrson15
kellyandrson15

These are the best graphics i have seen.. very beautiful <3

runningman5ksmak
runningman5ksmak

uncharted 3 had great moments but never had the epicness  that uncharted 2 had.uncharted 3 had way to many puzzles to solve which ruined the game experience a little. hope uncharted 4 has lesser puzzles and has more of an epic story and more action 

sandephan
sandephan

Doesn't Naughty Dog have two core teams right now? If one is working on the new Uncharted and the other is porting over TLoU, that leaves little room for a second new experience. I just hope they're not spreading their workforce too thin on their current projects, their top quality shouldn't suffer.

weetbix23
weetbix23

I'm glad they aren't thinking of reviving the Jak and Daxter series. I think 3 is the magic number with their games, rather then just releasing sequel after sequel. Uncharted should have ended with 3 as well; they are so talented I'd hate to see them do the same thing over and over again.

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

Already better news for a better breed. Those green with envy are, only cuz they have 2 games now and 3 to look forward to.....$unset overhype, quantum bullshit, and Halo((whichever)).

panaicman66
panaicman66

whooopee! C-mon already...work harder and get it released ASAP...C-mon chop chop busy busy work work bang bang!

bluefox755
bluefox755

Very excited, ND makes some of the best games I've ever played. You can almost guarantee anything they release will win a slew of awards.

billlabowski
billlabowski

Who cares. Their games are all the same. Walk for 5 minutes, quick time event. Walk for 5 minutes, quick time event, cinematic. Rinse and repeat. One of the most overrated studios in existence. TLoU was nothing different. Throw in a story a 2nd grader could understand and make it totally predictable and all of a sudden it's game of the year. Shows you how terrible the AAA gaming industry has become. 

chkmode
chkmode

@Rennik_Repotsir Seriously? I think to experience a game is a right way to play and ND are doing hell of a job.


electrichobo99
electrichobo99

I thought I read somewhere a few years back about Pioneer working on an ultraviolet ray or something that ran on a shorter wavelength than even blue-ray, I guess they haven't been developing that tech further.

justerthought
justerthought

@runningman5ksmak

Uncharted 3 had great epic puzzles. I wanted more because they broke the linearity. The U3 multiplayer coop arena is superb. Still the best multiplayer experience out there. My only criticism was that the campaign story was way to linear. Stuck on rigid rails is frustrating after a while. It was a great game but in the final third I was pulling my hair out. They need to alter the pacing by opening up into semi world worlds every now and gain, so we can explore and find some secret optional tombs. Tomb Raider DE was sort of on the right track but it wasn't enough, not enough tombs and the puzzles were too small and easy.

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

The puzzles were relatively easy, and I thought the pacing in the Uncharted series is excellent.

justerthought
justerthought

@sandephan

ND have two large teams working on new games. TLOU is being ported by a very small third team because it does not require the same amount of work as a full game created from scratch.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@sandephan  I doubt a core team is still assigned to the TLOU port. It comes out next month, so they probably have a much smaller team left on it for bugs and polish. That's assuming they haven't already finished it.

yes_um_no_yeah
yes_um_no_yeah

@sandephan They have 2 teams. One team has been working on Uncharted 4 for over 3 years and by the time it will be released it will be over 4 which to the best of my knowledge is the longest the stuido has developed a game. The other team is probably just starting the process of making whatever it is they're making. They are most likely figuring out the story, concept art, atmosphere, characters, what type of game play that will be incorporated, while the rest of the team is working on the PS4 version of TLOU.

justerthought
justerthought

@weetbix23

Not really. If the ideas are still there it can go on forever. Look at the Far Cry series. Far Cry 3 gave it new legs and now we are looking forward to Far Cry 4 in November. Maybe the sad departure of Amy Hennig was due to an injection of new ideas.

repetitious
repetitious

Breed?

Damn what a pitiful breed if you're apart of it. I mean you seriously think you're better than another because you bought (more than likely mommy bought) a ps4?

Guess Ima muh fuq'n badass since I bought all 3 this and last gen.

Poor kid.

justerthought
justerthought

@billlabowski

If you cannot see the quality of The Last Of Us you should stick to brainless COD deathmatches because it obviously went straight over your head. Give a monkey a Rembrandt painting and he'll try to wipe ass with eat it.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@billlabowski  Overrated? I find it funny that the "minority" of you all state this as if your opinion is going to sway people. I find it funny you, some random poster are going to talk negatively of The Last of Us when it is one of the highest rated games of all-time. Your jaded or your noob. Either way, your funny to post your comment as if it is going to sway popular opinion in your favor.

yes_um_no_yeah
yes_um_no_yeah

@billlabowski You hate all their games, yet you buy them? Very smart. Seeing as how you said this you have no idea what you are saying, especially on TLOU. There are LLLOOOONNNGGGG stretches of exploring, combat, stealth, and collecting in between cutscenes . There was also barely any quick time events. Uncharted had several quick time events, but they're all for the most part integrated into action scenes that were impossible to incorporate because they were too complex for last gen consoles. Also, there wasn't any just walking around. It was always intense action, broken up with puzzles and platforming. The Jak and Daxter series and Crash Bandicoot contained none of this. Shitting on TLOU story is also hilarious, I'd like to hear what you think would be a good one. I dount you've even played most of these games.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@corrus @weetbix23  There's nothing wrong with it if their games are spaced out every few years, are instant classics, and don't constitute everything that makes their respective console worth buying. For Nintendo, its a first party-wide issue. That's not the case with Sony and ND. 

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@repetitious shut up meg, better news for a better breed doesn't mean I own the ps4 douchebag lol. Just means its owners are getting a better value overall, and don't have to experience their console metamorph every 3 months.

dashboardman
dashboardman

@yes_um_no_yeah


get a life loser...don't you have anything better to do than to defend a pathetic PS3 port...

yes_um_no_yeah
yes_um_no_yeah

@dashboardman @yes_um_no_yeah Where did I mention the port in the comments I made? Dude, do you realize you keep getting destroyed in every comment you make? Also, why are you here if you don't like the game? Don't you have anything better to do with your time? People like you need to use their time more efficiently. Wasting your time posting crap on something you hate only shows that you need a life. Why else would you be here.

dashboardman
dashboardman

@yes_um_no_yeah @dashboardman  


"Seeing as how you said this you have no idea what you are saying, especially on TLOU"


"Shitting on TLOU story is also hilarious, I'd like to hear what you think would be a good one"


"I'm not protecting a port, I didn't mention it once in the comment I made"



dashboardman
dashboardman

@yes_um_no_yeah @dashboardman

Actually I do that is why I look beyond your words and realize that you are defending a PS3 port…and I guess TLOU means something irrelevant to “the last of Us”….grow up LOSER

yes_um_no_yeah
yes_um_no_yeah

@dashboardman I'm not protecting a port, I didn't mention it once in the comment I made. You have excellent reading comprehension.