Uncharted developer Naughty Dog "unique," says Microsoft

"Naughty Dog is a special studio with an amazing track record," Xbox executive Phil Spencer says about the Sony-owned company.

Sony-owned development studio Naughty Dog, creator of the Uncharted and The Last of Us franchises, is a "special studio" that is "unique" to the gaming industry, Microsoft Xbox executive Phil Spencer has said.

"Naughty Dog is a special studio with an amazing track record," Spencer said on Twitter. "I believe they are unique in our industry."

Spencer's comments came in response to a fan who asked which Microsoft-owned studio would be the equivalent of Naughty Dog now that Bungie has re-gained its independence.

Despite the shower of praise from Spencer about Naughty Dog, don't expect Microsoft to try to copy the Sony-owned company's formula anytime soon.

"Great studios have unique culture. Creating a studio to be 'like' another isn't a goal for us," Spencer added.

Finally, Spencer hammered home the point that it is Microsoft's ambition to have a solid stable of first-party studios, saying cultivating that lineup is "critical to long-term success."

Some of Microsoft's wholly owned studios include 343 Industries (Halo), Lionhead Studios (Fable), Turn 10 Studios (Forza), and Rare Ltd. (Banjo-Kazooie, Kinect Sports).

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SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

What's wrong with MS? As someone at the top sent a memo down the food chain telling everyone to be positive about everything, including the competition?

Sony is great, ND is great and unique, PS4 is great, sales are great, competition is great, great things are coming, we live in a great time and we see great games coming, and so on...

I think somebody should call the narcs and have them make a trip to Redmont headquarters. One word for that and if it's not "religion" it's "drugs"!


tightwad34
tightwad34

Sure ND may be unique, but they don't hold a candle to From Software. You have to be very unique to make games like Dark and Demon's Souls. Sure pretty much every Japanese Studio is unique but they all make similar weird ass games especially style wise. The Souls games aren't weird compared to pretty much every JRPG but they are completely unique in the best way.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Spencer's response is pretty classy, even if he doesn't entirely mean it. I can't imagine what other kind of response the guy might've given based on the pathetic nature of the question asked. I get the impression it's just some little fanboy fanning the flames or console wars.

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

I played Jak and Daxter growing up and after going back and playing the hd version, I have to say, that series is incredibly underrated. I mean, it's completely authentic universe and being an open world platformer, it was ahead of it's time. Love those games and have loved ND ever since.

rad8045
rad8045

Can anybody tell me how sad and lonely it is being a fanboy ? I try imaging being devoted to only one product but it gives me chills down my spine.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@rad8045 I just look at it as being blindly ignorant and that sends chills down my spine.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Grow some balls Microsoft, stop with the brown lipstick and give credit to your own studios, Undead Labs made an awesome game last year, 343 made the best Halo yet and all the X1 launch exclusives were top notch. Not everyone is a creepy hipster who want to play games with little girls in them.

Jay2528
Jay2528

@XNEXUS666X343 made the best Halo yet??? I respect everyone's opinion and all, but you can't really believe Halo 4 was the best Halo yet can you?

KingKnight1337
KingKnight1337

Did anyone notice how Phil misunderstood the hell out of that question. The "Fan" asked "which Microsoft owned studio would be the equivalent of Naughty Dog". The dude was basically asking which Microsoft studio is the best one in terms of popularity, his comment said nothing about making a studio to be just like Naughty Dog. If I had to guess though It'd be 343....I don't know of anymore Microsoft 1st Party Studio's that are good.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Uncharted is just a Tomb Raider knock-off with very bad gun play, stupid reticle display.

deadpen
deadpen

"Says Microsoft" is turning into an everyday title anymore. They are very opinionated, are they just teenagers with a twitter account who thinks the world gives a shit on what they have to say about everything. (not a sony fan boy proud owner of Nintendo, Xbox, PS, Sega, 3DO.) I'm just opinionated like Microsoft.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator moderator

A pretty classy response, well said.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Please learn from them, and Sony in general... Not saying Microsoft make bad games... Just saying (in terms of exclusives) they seem to die out after the mid-point of their console cycles.. I'd like their quality of exclusives and new IP's to push on right up to the day of their next console release

mattress805
mattress805

@BelaidKL  Being an xbox 360 guy, for the last 7 years, I can honestly say that Microsoft's 1st party studio generally SUCK right now. Besides one good game, (Forza), the majority of their in-house studios produce Kinect shovelware. Even Fable 3 which was like 3 or 4 years ago was pretty bad and i was a big Fable fan. I switched over to PS4 this gen and their 1st party developers, for the most part shit all over Microsoft's in-house studios. What was the last great new IP Microsoft has shown us in the last 3 or 4 years?  

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Naughty Dog is so overrated, Microsoft is just being nice....

PublicEnemyNo4
PublicEnemyNo4

@Diegoctba Tell me. Have you ever played a Naughty Dog game? Namely Uncharted 2 and The Last of Us?

Cygnus421
Cygnus421

Overrated because they happened to create not one but TWO multimillion dollar IP's in the last 5 years, not to mention the numerous separate IP's they established on previous console generations? If they didn't make good games, it would be a known fact in the gaming community. Fact is, just with The Last of Us, they created a work of fiction that transcended the very notion of what a video game can be. While being an incredibly well crafted game, it happened to tell one of the more emotionally compelling and intriguing stories in any medium of the last 10 years. I know that other people's praise can sometimes overshadow and ruin a perception or preconceived notion, so keep an open mind. Overrated because of universal acclaim and creative vision or because you just haven't experienced what everyone else is talking about?

doggiezilla
doggiezilla

Microsoft wish they have Naughty Dog lol.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

This is a little stalky, i mean every comment they make ends up as a news article, can't they tweet in peace ?

bluepuppy82
bluepuppy82

Is Microsoft trying to run for president?

mattress805
mattress805

@bluepuppy82     Good pt. And we all know how trustworthy politicians are.   I think that everytime Microsoft makes one of these "good sportsmanship" comments they have their fingers crossed behind their backs. lol

19James89
19James89

Microsoft are being awfully nice about their competitors recently. See? We can all be happy campers and good friends. :)



sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@19James89
Microsoft do these things frequently. I remember how MS spoke nice things about FireFox when they launched back then.

rmiller365
rmiller365

@sladakrobot 

I don't think Microsoft is saying this crap because they are a kind hearted, good natured company. They (like most technology companies) are using Chinese slave labor to manufacture cheaper products. They are not saying this out of the kindness of their heart. Its good PR when they need it. Nothing more  

SacredGray
SacredGray

Microsoft, I swear to God.

Shut. Up.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

He couldn't compare one of their studios because none of them compare... I look forward to Bungie's destiny with the PS4.

Pokemon18986
Pokemon18986

@sladakrobot @M3o5nster Um 343? I mean sure Halo isn't winning GOTY everywhere (seeing as different award shows/sites hand out their own), but no studio has made more money in a MS vs Sony standpoint

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@sladakrobot@M3o5nsterExactly, a little known game called Alan Wake that was way ahead of it's time, Sony fans would be creaming all over this if it was a PS exclusive.

divinejester
divinejester

Unique as in a studio that MS cannot buy unlike Bungie.

Fastnova00007
Fastnova00007

@divinejester Am I the only that thinks Bungie is overrated?  

Halo 1/2 were great, but 3 was horrible and Reach was decent.  I think Halo 4 by 343 is the best Halo since 2.  The campaign was short, but well done and the game looked/ran great.  I honestly think 343 will do a better job than Bungie...

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

Of course Naughty dog is unique they make some of the best fucking games and stories ever to exist on video games

DVONvX
DVONvX

I love me some Xbox. However, MS does not have a studio anywhere near as talented as Naughty Dog. I don't know why. MS has enough money to throw around. Then again, they could have made a super console but opted for a low powered one instead. I'll always prefer xbox for various reasons, but I know they can do better. 

divinejester
divinejester

@DVONvX@sladakrobotRemedy is not actually owned by MS nor do they make exclusive games for them. They have only made MS games, but that because MS bought exclusivity to titles. Same way how Quantic Dream is not actually a Sony studio.