The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog has outlined its release plans beyond the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, saying it has “at least one” more game for the current generation of consoles.
In an interview with Finder, community strategist Arne Meyer was asked whether the first-party Sony studio plans to make another title for the company’s current generation console.
“I would hope so,” he replied. “I would hope we would release a game pretty soon. Our development cycles aren’t too long, and I have no idea how long this console generation really is going to last, but, yeah, there’s no doubt it should be in this console generation for sure.”
Meyer was presented with concerns regarding the length of the current generation, given that Nintendo is preparing to release a follow-up to the Wii U, and the number of games still left for release this generation.
“I mean, I have no doubt–I don’t know what the timelines are–but [Naughty Dog has] at least one, maybe two games left in the console generation, maybe more,” he said. “Clearly we can release a game really late in a console generation and do well, right?”
In September, Naughty Dog’s creative director, Neil Druckmann, said a prototype for The Last of Us 2 was made, but sequel is not currently in development at the studio.
“When Bruce (Straley, co-director) and I moved over to Uncharted 4, we were brainstorming ideas for The Last of Us 2 with characters; ideas for TLOU 2 with Joel and Ellie; ideas for a sci-fi game; ideas for a fantasy game, and building prototypes for each one of those ideas,” he explained.
“And just as we were getting close to settling or narrowing that list down, we were asked to work on Uncharted 4.”
Later that month, PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida confirmed Naughty Dog is brainstorming ideas for a sequel, but the project is not yet confirmed and may not appear for a while.
“Ever since the launch of the first game, people like [The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann] are talking about some ideas for a potential sequel, some experiments that they want to do. It’s just talks around development.”