What game will Naughty Dog be working on next, once The Last of Us: Part II has hit store shelves? Well, it's safe to assume that the studio's multiplayer project will kick into full gear -- if it hasn't already -- but is the developer thinking about making another sequel, or something completely new? According to company vice president and creative director Neil Druckmann, Naughty Dog's near future is undecided.
Druckmann told GQ: "As you start wrapping things up, creatively there are fewer and fewer responsibilities and my mind can't help but think about the next thing. So yeah, the next thing could be a Part III, the next thing could be some new IP."
"Ultimately, the best idea wins," writes the publication, as it summarises Druckmann's thoughts.
Since the release of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves all the way back in 2009, it feels like Naughty Dog has gone from strength to strength -- to the point where it's now one of the most prestigious studios in gaming. It'll certainly be interesting to see where it goes from here, especially since its next game will be built for PS5.
What would you like to see from Naughty Dog? Something entirely new, or another big sequel? Give us an honest opinion in the comments section below.
[source gq-magazine.co.uk, via ign.com]
I thought they were working on something called Strays Cross or something like that. Maybe that was a codename.
As much as I Love Uncharted and Last of Us a new IP would be cool.
Neil having so many roles in the company and with so much power seems weird to me.
I would like to see a new IP and maybe a smaller project with one of the existing IP's like Uncharted the Lost Legacy.
After the Last of Us multiplayer thing, I'd really like to see Naughty Dog do something new.
Bring Jak and Daxter back!
I think they need a new IP for the new generation. They’ve basically been only doing Uncharted and The Last of Us for two whole generations now. Hopefully something that has a different feel to it, I worry that they’ve become very one note in their approach to game design, especially when you look back at the Jak games which tried something new every game.
I say new IP with a totally different game type. While Naughty Dog have some amazing story-tellers, I say make something that isn't a cinematic experience - stretch out that portfolio a little bit.
I would honestly like to see Naughty Dog take a pause for the cause. The staff turnover and gripes coming from the team are getting to the point where I think the studio for its own sake needs to take stock of what has happened. I also feel they genuinely need to sit back and listen to what is said about TLoU2, even if it is overwhelmingly positive and just assess where gaming is now. I played UC4 again recently and that game feels old. Still looks a million bucks, but it feels very last gen in terms of actual gameplay. I feel like the industry has finally started to catch up with ND where interactive narrative is concerned, but ND seem to be stuck in the past where game play and interactive elements are concerned. I know saying that will get me a lot of flak, but it's honestly how I feel. I'm hoping TLoU2 is a massive step up in that regard, but we'll see.
Go out of your comfort zone!
Let's get a fantasy setting! Or space game?
I even take a spin off a primal era
A open?world?rpg similar to dragon?age inquisition and the?witcher 3.or. Dragon dogma.you choose your class as a mage.fight monster.word up son
Definitely time for something new for their next major project, I think.
Maybe that Uncharted Wii spin off @get2sammyb jokingly suggested in an article a while back 😂
Or maybe just an Uncharted spin off featuring our loveable Englishman Charlie Cutter! (And the rest of the supporting cast, of course!)
Time for something new. I'd love it if they were asked by EA to work on a linear(ish) Star Wars game or delved into the world of fantasy but I suspect they'll be drawn to something more 'grounded' which takes place in our world.
Whatever they do I'm sure it will be great!
As much as I love Uncharted and The Last of Us, I think it's time for something new from them. Uncharted had a perfect send off with 4, and maybe it will be the same for The Last of Us. Naughty Dog is obviously a very talented studio, and I think it's best for everyone if they were able to move on before those great series grow stale.
Enough with the sequels. Do a new IP
@ralphdibny Yep I'd like to see more Cutter - I think he was underused in UC3. ND make very polished good games but just not enough of them. I would hope they had two teams - thought the Lost Legacy was an excellent release
After all the drama of LOU2, no way are they going straight into a sequel (although its interesting that he is saying 2 will be left open for one).
My money is on a new ip.
My thoughts exactly. The very fact that he's considering a sequel means that the ending of TLoU2 will not be conclusive (however, it didn't seem that the first game needed a sequel). On topic: I'd like a new IP. I don't want ND to be burnt out on these sequels.
To say they were happy to leave it at just the original (not even including the dlc), and now they are potentially planning a trilogy as well as removing the mp from the second title to sell it later and then be able to double dip back into the micros just smacks of cash grab.
I am so looking forward to the comment sections on the 12th though 🍿🍿🍿
EDIT: Way Of The Warrior remake.
I hope it will be something as serious and dramatic, as TLOU. Because I'm really not into that Indiana Jones-inspired light adventure movie.
More tlou and less (to the point of none) uncharted, please.
At some point in the future, Naughty Dog may want to remake the original TLOU. There are so much they can do on the PS5. Better graphics, bigger world, intelligent AI, sound and top it off with all the improvement they made to Part II.
Open World finally.
@TheArt Because that's what the industry needs right now. Another 100+ hour open world slog.
I would love Naughty Dog to tackle the sci-fi genre. Something like Firefly.
personally I'd be more than happy for them to make a new Uncharted (with a completely new cast) or to remake Jak & Daxter
I love sequels to some of my favorite games, but boy I hope they do a new IP
@Octane A 100hr+ ND open world will never ever feel like a slog. Guerilla did it, HZD is successful.
@TheArt Bits of their shorter games are a slog, a 100 hour game from ND would be downright painful in places.
Also, love the hell out of HZD but in no way is that a 100 hour game.
I don't really care what they do. It'll take a lot to get my consumer trust back.
Before they make anything else, I'm hoping for gruff Ellie dlc that has her sharpie a gruff man beard and don some heavy jeans and checkered shirts and start speaking all Batman like. For me this would be the ultimate response to everything that has gone on in the run up to the release of TLOU2. It would also seemingly troll and offend everyone at the same time.
I wouldn’t mind a Last of Us part III, it’d be kind of nice actually to get another one after having part II spoiled for myself. A new IP would be cool too, though.
Can’t say I’d be interested in another Uncharted, just really didn’t care for that series as much as I love The Last of Us. But in the end I hope Neil/Naughty Dog do whatever makes them feel most inspired as creators, so I’m glad to hear that’s the plan.
Whatever it is, it ain’t gonna be any time soon 🙄
Naughty Dog is the most talented developer on the planet, so whatever they end up doing is sure to be the best thing ever. Personally I enjoyed the Fallout games previous gen and am upset about how crappy Bethesda is handily screwing the Title this gen with Fallout 4 and 76. Even more let down that Obsidian Entertainment was bought out by the enemy. So in response I hope to see Naught Dog make a better Action Role-playing game.
@rockertherockgod I was nervous how LL would be without Nate but it was brilliant and had me hankering for more spin off games featuring the larger supporting cast
Strongly agree with that. I’d be really excited for a new IP or Last of Us part III, but I’d honestly be pretty disappointed if Uncharted 5 is the next ND game. Not trynna hate on the people that enjoy those games, I just never got into them, Last of Us is the reason I’m interested in what ND does in the future. Just gotta make sure I don’t let their next game get spoiled for myself.
As long as is not a sequel to the TLoU 2 everything is gonna be great, they lost their opportunity for a good sequel for PS5
The last of Uncharted: Zombie Crash
@nookie_egg Well not saying HZD is a 100hr game, a great 50hr+ open world from ND won't be bad is all I'm saying.
@TheArt I respectfully disagree. They have never attempted anything anywhere near that length, and the shorter games have some issues with stuff that drags (imo of course), I can't imagine them being able to pull off a solid 50+ hour campaign that doesn't grind to a stop at least once through it's play time.
Tlou 3 that tells joel story from that fateful night until he arrives in boston city seems cool
New IP there needs to be some time to make people hungry for another Uncharted/TLOU game.
@Arugula I don't know. The first game had a proper ending, and they're still making a sequel; so anything is possible.
@TheArt My point is, there are already so many of those games out there. ND are at the moment one of the few companies that make the narrative driven linear games on a AAA scale. There's very few companies doing that. Nearly everything is open world these days; even the racing games are going open world lol.
@nookie_egg Once upon a time Guerilla never attempted open world...here we are. I think ND are more than capable.
@Octane For me due to games being quite expensive at launch, I'm not a fan of spending that much on something that'd end in 12hrs. Not saying ND's games are short, for linear games they're quite long. Thing is, their games look so good with enjoyable gameplay I just don't want it to end. I wish you could hang around their beautiful world doing other stuff apart from missions and y'know that would only make sense in open world. Yea and I like racing games going open world too, it shouldn't be just race after race after race, you should be able to chill and roam the streets with your newly acquired beast.
@TheArt But it's just going to be clutter. The 20 hours you get with a ND game isn't possible stretched over a big open world. Compromises need to be made. Let's be honest, most open world games have a ton of uninteresting side content. I rather pay for a good quality game than something that is drawn out unnecessarily long.
Something less grounded woyld be incredible. I'd kill to see next-gen Naughty Dog taking a stab at a different kind of sci-fi.
They should slow down, create a new IP. Start building a team that doesn’t want to leave after every project. Excited for TLOU Part II, but they need to relax
Seeing how deep the gun customization is in Last Of Us 2, it seems like a good beginning for what could become an open-world RPG
@Octane But...in most open worlds you can just decide to play it linear. Just go from mission to mission no one's stopping you. I don't know which ones you been playing but I love the side content in RDR2, TW3, GTAV, HZD. Maybe you just like the straightforward cut to the chase stuff, openworld fans want absolute control, deciding everything the character does in their everyday life.
Laughing my ass off that Naughty Dog is even considering doing a Part 3. Please, stop! My stomach can't take much more of this!!
Sci fi... Thanks.
Something new..and uncharted sequel with drake .
Ah, they’ll make some alternate endings, slap some interesting choice options onto it, and turn it into one heck of an interesting Telltale-type game. They’ve already got the bones and basic structure for it, so why not? Easier and more cost effective than starting over from scratch on something else completely.
Way Of The Warrior 2
@playstation1995 Hi there friend. That is a great idea. Naughty Dog has the talent to create great story driven games, they could do something quite different than another third person shooter game. A classic fantasy type rpg open world game like The Wtcher or dragon Age could be very interesting ideed. Cheers, stay safe and happy gaming to us all.
@ApostateMage Hi there friend. A Firefly open world sci-fi rpg type game would be very cool. To bad he show was cancelled. Such a great tv show. Cheers, stay safe and happy gaming to us all.
@1_W1NG3D_4NG3L I agree completely my friend. More sci-fi and space games, pretty please. And tv shows to. Cheers and happy gaming to everyone.
@RaZieLDaNtE. I knew you would like the idea.cant wait for tomorrow ps5 event.word up son
@RaZieLDaNtE @1_W1NG3D_4NG3L It was a top show. I've still got the dvd and haven't watched it in years so it's time for another evening in with the Serenity crew.
@playstation1995 Can´t wait either. Word up son. Cheers.
@ApostateMage It´s gonna be a great view. Enjoy it friend. Cheers and have a good one 👍
Fire the Neal! Or send him on holiday! And never hear from him anytime soon and bring Amy Hennig back
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