Naughty Dog is known to make stellar games and their recent game uncharted 4 proves it even more.The conclusion to Nathan Drake‘s story in the critically acclaimed Uncharted series is likely to go down in history as one of PlayStation 4’s best games. All eyes are now on Naughty Dog. Everyone is eager to see what the developer will do next after having outdone itself in a spectacular way. What will their next masterpiece be?
So with this knowledge, let’s speculate on what kind of game Naughty Dog could create next.
This list is going be based by looking back at their previous released titles and analyzing their gameplay, similarities and their world-building.
Retreading old ground?
Let’s get the obvious ones out of the way first.
The Last of Us series has a huge fanbase left over from the extremely successful first title. As mentioned above, it’s very likely that their other team is working on The Last of Us 2. Uncharted is most likely finished so the developer won’t continue it most likely.It ended on a good note, just don’t spoil it…
Maybe the older titles like Crash Bandicoot might get a remaster,though its highly unlikely
An RPG maybe?
This would be a very new direction for Naughty Dog. Each of their stories have been told in very linear, structured ways. However, in Uncharted 4, they introduced custom dialogue options for the first time. Furthermore, more interaction with the environment through examining objects was introduced, as well as optional dialogue with other characters. While environment interaction was most likely inspired by The Last of Us, these are curious additions. The options added did not have a major impact on how the game turned out. Witcher 3 and fallout 4 both sold amazingly well, and the team sure does have the talent for it. Maybe a naughty dog RPG is on the way and marks a fresh new start for the company?
A racing game is on the tracks?
Naughty Dog was always great at handling vehicles, and have been since Crash Bandicoot: Warped. But they seemed to have completely forgotten that while making Uncharted, and only just remembered when adding vehicles in Uncharted 4. Those vehicle sections were excellent and handled well, and featured in a fair amount of the game. They also made sense to traverse the much more open levels. Could they apply this experience to something else? Crash team racing and jack x racing are still amazing till this date.
How about an “unkarted” game? xD
An open world?
Uncharted 4 was a semi open world and the tone and gameplay and the story didn’t really require an open world.
But Uncharted 4 featured much more open levels in many areas. Perhaps this was to take advantage of the PlayStation 4’s hardware, and pushing a console to its limits is something Naughty Dog are renowned for. Many areas in Uncharted 4 almost felt like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain all over again, with much-improved stealth mechanics and plenty of vehicles. Could they use this experience to go back to making open world games?
They have made one previously a long time back named jack and dexter.
With how Naughty Dog works, it’s very likely that their next franchise could be all of the above. Whether they’ll return to an old franchise or not is more up in the air than in the past. But one thing is sure they are renowned for taking the best bits of whatever games they’re playing at the time and mashing them into a very strong and unique experience to blow the gaming world away with. I’m super hyped for what they make next, especially after Uncharted 4, which I can easily say is one of the best games I’ve ever played.