What is Naughty Dog’s Next Game After ‘The Last of Us’?

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After completing development on Uncharted 2, or sometime thereabouts, developer Naughty Dog split into two teams. That first team went on to work on a follow-up to Uncharted 2, the obviously titled Uncharted 3, while the other team got started on The Last of Us, which releases this June.

So, as we anxiously anticipate the release of Naughty Dog’s post apocalyptic survival title, gamers are also left wondering about that other team, and what they might be working on. Could it be a new Uncharted for the PS4, or something else? Either way, we may have our first clue.

The sleuths at IGN have discovered a background desktop image hidden in a developer diary for The Last of Us that shows what appear to be two character models. While those characters could easily be designs for The Last of Us, they appear to be wearing much more ornate clothing — outfits that are not practical when trying to survive a viral outbreak.

Of course, if these designs are not for The Last of Us, they must be for a future Naughty Dog project. IGN’s theory suggests the game involves pirates, but the image (even when enhanced twice) is still hard to decipher.

Given that the Uncharted franchise deals with hidden treasures, and ancient explorers, one could reasonably guess the designs are for Uncharted 4, but again it’s hard to tell. Neither of the characters looks like Drake, although the faces do appear to be blank. At the same time, these might just be costume mock-ups meant to be worn by more recognizable characters later.

Naughty Dog has a reputation of teasing their future projects with current projects (see: The Last of Us teaser in Uncharted 3), so at the very least we have to assume the image was left unblurred for a reason. In fact, The Last of Us might be part of an even grander teaser campaign, with a date that may or may not be the PS4 release date.

All we know for sure at this point is that Naughty Dog — one of Sony‘s remaining exclusive developers — is working on something for the PS4. At their PlayStation Meeting, Sony said they still had more software to show, so perhaps this game will be revealed during the publisher’s E3 2013 Press Conference.

What do you make of the character models? Do you think they are for a future Naughty Dog game? If so, are they for another Uncharted or something else?

The Last of Us releases June 14, 2013 for the PS3.

Source: IGN

TAGS: Naughty Dog, PS3, PS4, Sony, The Last of Us, Uncharted

  • George

    Please let it be Uncharted 4…

  • http://Everything-Geek.tumblr.com Ironbatman

    I’m telling you now, as I said in the other post of The Last Of Us teasing something. Uncharted 4 IS in development. I’ve already talked with a Sony Rep who mentioned it to me as I was playing the Demo of TLOU. Come E3 we may get a reveal as far as I know. All I know is it exists. I’m not even a big Uncharted fan, just wanted to give a heads up :]

  • Dante

    When I first saw these I thought Sir Francis Drake – Uncharted Uber Prequel.

  • Atomic Gumshoe

    the costumes look historical but I don’t know what it could be. I hope it’s not uncharted 4, I think that series has run its course, and look what happens when Naughty Dog creates new original content. It’s awesome! Lets try something new

    • ColdSc

      As much as I love Uncharted (It’s one of the only video games I play), I think Naughty should probably start looking to the future and building up something new for the next gen. Like you said, it’s Naughty Dog, anything they make is absolutely golden! I’d still support the idea of Uncharted 4 though aha.

  • Nick

    I’m kind of fearing the announcement of Uncharted 4. Not because I don’t think it’ll be great, but the fact that it’ll be a PS4 exclusive. I hold the same fears for Kingdom Hearts III, and that both KH and Uncharted might be next-gen exclusives, something that’ll make me go “Well, s@#$. Two games I’ve been waiting for and the only way to play em is to shell out 500 bucks, and just to play those games. F@#$.”

  • Xigbar

    No! No more pirates, no more uncharted.

    • Tyler

      Yes! Please, I don’t want uncharted, I didn’t like it that much to begin with. And how dare they discuss Naughty Dog without mentioning Jak and Daxter! J&D is hundreds of times better than anything Uncharted related and they left his story hanging, I need something that will fill the void left from that P.O.S. the lost frontier that high impact completely ruined. If ND doesn’t go back to Jak and Daxter and do something with that, their fan base will probably dramatically decrease. Maybe not too much but I don’t think they will make as much off of a U4 as they would another J&D.

  • G

    I wish a more developers would do something with the Africa diamond war settings. Far Cry 2 had so much potentional with the story and locations but didnt quite hit the mark. A cinematic 3rd person action game would be awesome. Or even a Red Dead type game on the Safari would be ridiculous.

  • http://Gamehermits.wordpress.com Josh Calkins

    Considering the graphic quality and mocap excellence of Uncharted, particularly in the sequels, I find it hard to imagine what the same developer could do with TONS more power. Parts of those games are just shockingly beautiful. How can it get WAY better? Maybe some of the pervassive sheen will be replaced by more realism in lighting, textures, etc. better water effects and swarms/herds would be cool…

  • Crashbandicoot48

    Does anyone else think the characters look like Jak and Daxter characters? Maybe they are deciding to make a new Jak and Daxter after all this time.