The Last of Us movie has been stuck in developmental limbo for some time now. If Naughty Dog director Neil Druckmann has his way, he'd want it to stay there - unless considerable changes were made to the last script he saw. "We used to just be excited – 'Oh my god, movies are looking at us' – but then as more time passes on we're not excited about a direct adaptation because we've already told that story very well cinematically," reveals Druckmann during a DICE Summit panel about storytelling (via Glixel) For Druckmann, The Last of Us movie wouldn't work because, if it were a re-telling, it would tread all over the iconic work laid down by Troy Baker as Joel and Ashley Johnson as Ellie. It would be very disorienting to see someone else in that role," Druckmann says. Druckmann believes the direction the Uncharted movie is headed down is the path for any potential The Last of Us movie to follow. "[Director Shawn Levy] wanting … [Read more...] about Naughty Dog Director “Not Excited” About The Last of Us Movie
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Naughty Dog has created some of the most critically-acclaimed and best-selling third-person games of all time, including titles like Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, Uncharted, and The Last of Us. Considering the success the studio has found with third-person games, one might be surprised to learn that its next game, after The Last of Us: Part 2, could very well be first-person. This is according to Neil Druckmann, who is currently serving as creative director for The Last of Us: Part 2. Druckmann spoke on the matter during a panel at the DICE Summit 2018, where he revealed that before the studio settled on a third-person view for the original Last of Us, there were talks of the game being first-person. Of course, that didn’t come to pass, but that doesn’t mean Naughty Dog has abandoned the idea of making a first-person game entirely. “We’re totally open. The future, the next game that we do might not be third-person.” … [Read more...] about Will Naughty Dog’s Next Game Be First-Person?
Developer Crystal Dynamics is assembling its team of industry talent to bring its game based on Marvel’s Avengers to life. The developer and publisher Square Enix announced today that it had hired 15 “top industry talent” to the Avengers development team, including former Naughty Dog creative director Shaun Escayg and Stephen Barry, a 27-year veteran of EA and Visceral Games. Escayg, who served as creative director and writer on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, will serve as creative director on The Avengers Project. Barry was previously director of product development at Visceral Games, where he worked on the Dead Space franchise. Visceral Games was shuttered late last year. As for the other hires, Crystal Dynamics studio co-head Ron Rosenberg touted them as “world-renowned industry veterans, spanning production leadership, animation, design, art and engineering, who have previously worked on games such as Batman: Arkham Origins, Dead Space, [and] Star Wars: … [Read more...] about Crystal Dynamics hires ex-Naughty Dog, Visceral talent for Avengers project
The Last of Us is one of the best games of the last generation of consoles and was directed by Bruce Straley, who left as the development of Uncharted 4 began and now the developer has explained why he left Naughty Dog and why he isn’t working on the Last Of Us 2. Speaking with Kotaku, The Last of Us director explained that the reason why he left Naughty Dog was Uncharted 4. According to Straley, he left the studio because of the stress and pressure that Uncharted 4’s development brought. He added that he felt that the development of Uncharted 4 was more of an obligation rather than being a passion project. “Uncharted 4 showed up and it was like, I guess there’s a difference between doing something for yourself which feels passionate and I had my own theories that I was trying to expand upon between Uncharted 1, 2, and The Last of Us and then Uncharted 4 became more like, ‘How do I do this for the team and for the company?” The Last Of Us 2 is … [Read more...] about The Last Of Us Director Reveals His Reason To Exit Naughty Dog Was Uncharted 4’s Development
While working on video games sounds like a dream to many, it’s worth remembering that it is also a highly stressful job. This is the core message delivered by former Naughty Dog director Bruce Straley who worked on big titles such as The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. During a Final Games podcast, Straley discussed recognition in the field, personal reflections, and the development of a game. Initially, Straley made clear that his final day at Naughty Dog was the “most validating experience” in his career because the whole team was there. However, the former Last of Us director also stated, “it’s crazy that you have to leave somewhere to get the acknowledgment.” Although Straley didn’t seem to mention why he chose to leave, he had also worked at Naughty Dog for 18 years – an impressive feat that may or may not have affected his decision. During the interview, Straley also reflected on The Last of US, stating … [Read more...] about The Last of Us Director Talks Leaving Naughty Dog