Naughty Dog On The Transition To Next-Gen: “Terrifying”

In a revealing interview with Eurogamer, Naughty Dog studio co-president Evan Wells admitted that the developer is intimidated by the transition to the 8th generation of consoles. “The geek inside you is always excited about a shiny new toy”, Wells said, “but then the practicality of it starts to set in: this is going to be a lot of hard work. When you’re going to new technology, every day is a slog, progress is slow and it really takes a different kind of attitude and mentality to get through that kind of push and it’s not right for everybody.”

Wells discussed the transition from gen 6 to gen 7, saying that “Naughty Dog had its darkest days and we lost people on a weekly basis – people just couldn’t get through it”. Naughty Dog’s other co-president, Christopher Balestra, added that the process is ‘terrifying’, admitting that “We made some mistakes with our move from PS2 to PS3 and we won’t make those again.” The benefit? Naughty Dog is going into the current transition far more aware of the challenges ahead than last time.

I should certainly hope so. It would be insanely stupid for Uncharted 4 not to lunch with Playstation 4. As for me, I’m just hoping it’s better than the initially incredible but in retrospect highly disappointing Drake’s Deception.

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1 Comment on Naughty Dog On The Transition To Next-Gen: “Terrifying”


On December 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

It shouldn’t be terrifying but exciting for developers as well.

It was only a terrifying and miserable experience because of Sony’s boneheaded arrogant decision to go with Cell without sufficient developer’s tools and support. If it was developer friendly I can see all these studios just giddly and excited about making an amazing game and focusing on gameplay and story and overall experience instead of worrying about how to allocate memory and processing load correctly on the SPU’s.

PS3- worst console launch in history. Its a great deal now but the PS3 was responsible for Sony’s losing the major market share lead and loss of brand equity.