Naughty Dog is prepared for the jump to PS4
- Posted February 19th, 2013 at 05:00 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 4 Comments
The co-presidents of Naughty Dog have said the company has learned from its mistakes during the leap from PlayStation 2 to PlayStation 3, and as such is better prepared for the transition to Sony’s next-generation platform.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Christophe Balestra and Evan Wells admitted the move from PS2 to PS3 wasn’t the best experience for the studio.
“We had a pretty bad experience when we moved from PS2 to PS3, because we made some stupid mistakes. And that was totally our fault,” said Balestra.
Fortunately, he said that Naughty Dog has had a “little more time to think about” the “always scary” prospect of a transition this time around.
“It’s about the quality of the tools, and about whether you can make something smarter. My guess is that they will expand – you’ll have more this, and more that – you’ll always have something more,” he commented.
“In terms of our art, we always create our assets at a higher resolution than what you see in-game. A lot of our pipelines are already ready to move to something superior to the PS3. But it’s scary.”
Wells explained that the advantage this time around is that the company won’t be starting from scratch.
“We did start from scratch going from PS2 to PS3, and that’s down to the fact that on PS2 we’d written our own programming language. Everything on Jak and Daxter was written in a language called GOOL – game object oriented list,” said Wells.
“Moving on to PS3 we are entering this group of developers that we could share technology with. We wanted to get into the more traditional development environment that other studios are developing with, so we did have to start from scratch. It was a tough road to hoe.”
Naughty Dog is working on The Last of Us for PS3, which is scheduled for release in June. The company achieved great success with its Uncharted series during this current generation, with the adventure series selling 17 million units worldwide since its inception in 2007.
Sony is hosting a PlayStation Meeting tomorrow, where it is expected the PlayStation 4 will get its formal reveal. Naughty Dog is likely working on a title for the new system, though whether or not it will be revealed at the event is unknown.
PSU.com will be hosting a live stream of the event, so be sure to stay tuned for more updates.
- 5:29am EST - February 19th, 2013
i think SONY is probably doing a big mistake in releasing The Last Of Us on the current gen. What you guys think? Hmmm , yeah maybe its because they can sell more copies on the PS3 or i dont know
Russell Watson-Thomas | DiscoMcDisco
- 5:58am EST - February 19th, 2013
@GoldenPlater : PS3 has a good 4-5 years left in it without to much worry. We've seen that with continued sales from PS2. Some people can't leap to the new generation quite so easily, and neither should they. Tomorrow we'll find out a lot I'm sure. Playstation Suite and the GaiKai integration are high on my list of things I want to hear about.
Trouble is, hundreds of thousands of people just don't have access to the technology (i.e. broadband speed) to be able to take advantage of that kind of thing. I wouldn't worry about current gen releases for a good 3 or 4 years yet :)
Naughty Dog are a great dev house, if anyone can squeese more and more out of the PS3 tech, they can.... and it'll be brilliant everytime. Saying that, "The Last of Us.... again.." as a new gen title? It's seems an interesting IP, but they'd have some heavy duty cliffhangering to expand it further for the next generation.
- 11:56am EST - February 19th, 2013
There's a very real threat of market splintering, If the PS4 isnt Backwards compatible then the people who upgrade to a new system may not be thinking about the old gens games meaning a deminished uptake of the new games, or too many people refusing to buy the new system because they want to continue playing the old gen games that JUST came out. They could litterally cannibalize their sales in both markets unless they make the current crop of games scalable to the new hardware. And I fear that due to the poor impression generated by the whiners that ignored the PS2 library when the PS3 was still fully BC will cause them to screw things up on this switch.
The rumors suggest the PS4 could be 350 - 400 bucks, I'd almost be willing to pay an extra 50 - 75 bucks if it meant getting BC but we shouldnt have to feel like we're bargainning for such a feature it should have for the sake of making the consumer's choice easier.
- 4:13pm EST - February 20th, 2013
Admits to having a bad experience moving console generations. Still produces some of the top games in history and sets the bar for standards in gaming worldwide.
A lot of developers could learn from Naughty Dog.
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