Naughty Dog Fears the Next Gen Transition

Studio head says the move is "terrifying" from a development perspective.

Naughty Dog Co-President Christophe Balestra spoke with Eurogamer yesterday and informed them that he views the move to the next round of gaming hardware as “terrifying.” Scared developers or not, Sony has stated that it wants to make the leap to next-gen around the same time as the competition and one unnamed in-house studio is said to already be working exclusively on PlayStation 4 development.

Balestra’s fears stem from bad memories of what the studio working on The Last of Us went through when they had to make the leap from the PS2 to the PS3. “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!” he said.

The Studio’s other Co-President, Evan Wells, echoed his partner’s concerns by calling the advent of the next generation a “double-edged sword,” because “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.”

Wells continued on and said that, during the transitional phase, “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.”

Before wrapping things up, Wells noted that working on the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 next is “totally in the air” for his crew.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Nick Santangelo
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