The announcement of next-generation consoles is as little as half a year away according to some industry analysts and hopefuls, but not every developer is ready to move onto the next level of hardware, it would seem.
As the creators of some of this generation’s technical peaks – namely the Uncharted series – it surprises us to hear that Naughty Dog finds the prospect of a PS4 “terrifying”. But the developer’s co-presidents have said as much in an interview with Eurogamer. Studio head Evan Wells said: “The geek inside you is always excited about a shiny new toy, 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.”
Accordings to Wells, the PS2 to PS3 transition phase was “the period that Naughty Dog had its darkest days and we lost people on a weekly basis – people just couldn’t get through it.
“It’s tough and we’re definitely walking into it with open eyes,” he added.
Christophe Balestra, Well’s fellow co-president described the prospect of the next-generation as “terrifying”, saying: “We made some mistakes with our move from PS2 to PS3 and we won’t make those again. I guess we’ve done it a couple of times!”
Expectations will be high for the team’s PS4 debut, but right now they can rest safe in the knowledge that we’re all thoroughly excited for the company’s next PS3 game, The Last of Us.