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PlayStation Truths: Week 1 - Naughty Dog casualties and The Last Guardian

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on 4 May 2014

Welcome to PlayStation Truths, the first in a series of weekly features looking at some of the hottest and most controversial issues and news in the world of PlayStation. PlayStation Truths takes a look at some of the latest PlayStation topics of the week and gives you the truth--all that, and a bag of Lays' potato chips!

1. The Last of Us Lead Character Artist Michael Knowland Leaves Naughty Dog.

Ah yes, The Last of Us, disputably the best game of 2013 and maybe ever created--a real testament to the talent and creativity of Sony’s Naughty Dog. Michael Knowland isn’t the only staff member to move on; three others departed before him these last few months.

The truth is Naughty Dog and Sony fans are getting worked up for nothing. All four of these people, thanks to series like Uncharted and The Last of Us, are at the top of their game. Naughty Dog is one of the go-to developers in the world of gaming, and it will likely stay that way. However, it is easy to become complacent and uninspired at the head of the mountain. There is nothing like a challenge and change of scenery to remain hungry for success.

Do not worry about Naughty Dog, because these four positions can be filled. It may be hard initially, but there is always some quality up-and-coming talent available. Also, new perspectives and ideas are always refreshing, despite the inherent risk. Naughty Dog has a very resilient group, having been with Sony since the days of PS1, and I foresee them marching onward and continuing to make quality products.

2. Michael Pachter believes Agent could still see the light of day, reckons The Last Guardian will 'sell well'.

Wow, have five years really passed since Agent and The Last Guardian were revealed? Well, the wait may soon be over because both Agent and The Last Guardian are apparently alive and well--and wouldn't it would be great if gamers get to see gameplay of these elusive titles at E3 2014?

However, Pachter is wrong about how well The Last Guardian will do in the West. Ico, a very unique story, sold poorly in the U.S. The sequel, Shadow of the Colossus, has sold little more than one million worldwide, according to VGChartz. This trilogy appeals to a very niche market, unlike shooters such as Call of Duty or action-adventures like God of War. The Last Guardian has the potential to be awesome, but one should expect it to barely outsell Ico and Shadow of the Colossus based on precedent set by its prequels.

That’s it for Week 1 of PlayStation Truths! I’ll see you peeps next Sunday for Week 2! I’m out! Peace! <3

The PlayStation Truths series is the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of PSU.