Following the success of Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog is already working on its new game, which is set to include ’emotionally engaging’ third-person action.
With the success of its recent release, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, fans of Naughty Dog could be forgiven for thinking that the developer would want to take a well-earned break. Not only did Uncharted 4 shift over 2.7 million copies in its first week of availability, but its sales also reflect a huge 66% increase over previous game Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – for most devs, these are exactly the kind of numbers that would see them go on holiday.
But Naughty Dog isn’t ‘most devs’ and following on from Uncharted 4’s impressive sales performance, the developer is already working on what could be its next success. A tweet from Naughty Dog’s lead game designer Emilia Schatz revealed that the developer is “looking for level designers, especially if you have art and modeling experience.” Schatz’s tweet goes on to ask designers if they “want to help ND’s next game.”
The listing on Naughty Dog’s website for the job further explains that those hired will design and produce “fun and emotionally engaging third-person action gameplay and levels, from high concept planning to object placement and scripting.” The designer will also “create environmental layouts in the form of simplified level geometry, and then perform extensive level play-testing and layout iteration” and “design and champion gameplay systems, conventions, and scenarios.” The job posting is specifically regarding the new game’s single player side and though there’s no mention of multiplayer, Uncharted 4 is big on multiplayer and so Naughty Dog may well be considering the feature for its next game too.
Admittedly, while the job listing doesn’t offer a great deal to go on regarding actual gameplay content, many fans will be hoping that the new game is The Last of Us 2. While a sequel to The Last of Us always made sense given its positive reviews and sales, earlier this year Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann confirmed that development on TLOU2 would begin once development on Uncharted 4’s DLC had been completed. Uncharted 4‘s DLC is expected to release right until spring 2017 and so although Naughty Dog may not be ready to ramp up production on its new game completely, it makes sense that the developer is already getting its team in order.
Unfortunately, this likely means that there will be no The Last of Us 2 announcement at this year’s E3 as Naughty Dog probably won’t have anything to show of the game. That said, Sony’s E3 2016 press conference could still be a star-studded showcase as the company is rumored to be showing off a more powerful PS4 model, while new info about the likes of Horizon Zero Dawn and The Last Guardian are also expected.