Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to release in a few months. While the majority of the team at Naughty Dog is finishing up a big game like that, though, a much smaller team is always planning the next big thing.
Talking with Finder, Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer gave an idea of how many more games the studio has planned for the PlayStation 4.
Naughty Dog, he said, has “at least one, maybe two games left in the console generation, maybe more. Clearly we can release a game really late in a console generation and do well, right?”
That last statement references the release of The Last of Us, which came out very near the end of the PlayStation 3’s active life cycle while receiving accolades from fans and critics.
While earlier console generations have typically been about 5 years, this most recent generation stretched out to 8 before we saw new systems hit the market. It’s hard to say now how long this generation will last, but it seems likely it’ll be about as long unless virtual reality makes the splash Oculus and others are hoping. Naughty Dog managed four games last generation, so at least one or two more seems reasonable.
What will they make, though? The team clearly wants to step away from Uncharted, but a Last of Us sequel is unlikely. Back in September, Last of Us director Neil Druckmann talked a bit about what the studio has been thinking about and prototyping, saying that he and co-director Bruce Straley were brainstorming ideas for a Last of Us sequel both with and without the original protagonists, Joel and Ellie, as well as ideas for science fiction and fantasy games, building prototypes for some of those, but said that a new Last of Us game isn’t currently in development. Which is not to say it might not be once Uncharted 4 is finished. Those kinds of statements are easy to wiggle around in, and spilling the beans now wouldn’t do the studio any good.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, meanwhile, hits PlayStation 4 on March 18, 2016.