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Naughty Dog's new team likely started production of a new game in Sept. 2020

Heisenberg007

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[Not OC] Found and copied from Reddit.

I was just reading this article published by Naughty Dog when I noticed something ... new.

The article referred to Vinit Agarwal and Richard Cambiere, who have worked as Lead Game Designers at ND for years, as Game Directors. I checked their LinkedIn profiles (Vinit's, Richard's), and this promotion happened in September 2020 for both of them.

We saw something similar a few years ago when Kurt and Anthony were promoted to co-game directors. They then made The Last of Us Part 2.

Assuming Kurt and Anthony are working on another game as co-directors again, it is safe to assume that Vinit and Richard are now developing a completely new game with a new team. The production must have started 5 months ago when they were promoted, so it should take a few years.
 

killatopak

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I was hoping for something else other than a third person shooter.

Maybe return to roots with a lower budget platformer?

If insomniac can bounce around serious Spiderman and playful Ratchet then ND can do it too.
 
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It will be pretty interesting to see what they do next, will it be an even more "cinematic", with lots of set pieces, game like TLOU and Uncharted, or more open with emergent gameplay.

Not to say TLOU doesn't have emergent gameplay within its combat arenas, but its not like anything that happens there follows on into other areas in a gameplay sense (Maybe story).

I'd like to see what they would do when faced with making something where they can't spend as much time polishing the minute detail of each scene to make it look like how UC and TLOU do, and they can't force the player down a hyper linear path to tell show character development/story progression in the exact way that they wamt. If you don't get that level of detail/set quality and storytelling, but the gameplay is the same or better will people still praise the games as much as they have for UC/TLOU?

Since people don't seem to be very satisfied with the different ways that ubisoft have tried to do this so far with AC, FC and WD. How would ND go about it? Or would they just not try because its not their speciality?
 

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Hopefully they have similar success to the current team.
I'm surprised they took so long to start a 2nd team at ND.
 
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If I recall Vinit was the lead designer on Uncharted 4 multiplayer, so maybe they both got put in charge of Factions 2.
 

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I'm sure it will be terrific whatever it is. Naughty Dog always deliver. I would like to see what Naughty Dog could do with either an open world game or an action RPG.
 

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Hopefully the game will have a new, fresh and maskulin protagonist. Dunno, maybe an Elliot.

Just kidding. Curious what directions they'll take regarding story, characters, gameplay etc.
 

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New team means Naughty Dog has 2 teams? Working on 2 different games.

Alot like Insomniac working on Spiderman MM and Ratchet and Clank at the same time
 

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I was hoping for something else other than a third person shooter.

Maybe return to roots with a lower budget platformer?

If insomniac can bounce around serious Spiderman and playful Ratchet then ND can do it too.
How can you assume this? Guerrilla made Horizon after years of Killzone.. :lollipop_neutral:
 

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Maybe less focus on controversy-bait this time, ey ND?

Snoop Dogg Reaction GIF
 

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Let's hope they also deliver great games as director. In Uncharted Lost Legacy and TLOU2 they seem to have issues with straight with males, let's hope they solve that in their next game.

I assume that after the TLOU2 multiplayer (which I assume it became a standalone DLC), ND will work on a new IP game while at the same time overviewing/working on Uncharted & TLOU movies and tv series and also overviewing/supporting whoever (the new Son San Mateo studio?) is working on the next Uncharted game.

And after that new IP (Savage Starlight?), I assume they will release TLOU3. Which I'd like to see it focused on Ellie and Joel (I'm ok if half of the games are flashbacks explaining Joel's origins and some smaller Joel+Ellie adventures or Joel+Tommy as seen in TLOU2, maybe Tommy can tell Abby some stories about Joel). If Abby appears on TLOU3, let's hope it's only to torture and kill her in the intro of the game. If Abby was supposed to be a female trans friendly Joel ripoff, then they must do it. Once Abby is killed, I think TLOU3 should be about redemption, forgiveness and the possibility to find peace on a hostile environment. Ellie would finally totally forgive Joel and herself, Dina would go back with her, she would find the Fireflies on Catalina Island and would sacrify herself to make a vaccine, saving the world.
 
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killatopak

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How can you assume this? Guerrilla made Horizon after years of Killzone.. :lollipop_neutral:
I dunno every game they had in the past decade had been third person shooter with no clues to a genre change or anything at all.

It’s simply Occam’s Razor. Much more realistic to see another third person cinematic shooter instead of massive change.
 

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I dunno every game they had in the past decade had been third person shooter with no clues to a genre change or anything at all.

It’s simply Occam’s Razor. Much more realistic to see another third person cinematic shooter instead of massive change.
I understand what you mean but let's wait and see. Bend also made Days Gone so anything can happen.
 
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Where's the Factions II project?

Is this the Factions project?

This better not be the Factions project.
 
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They have that multiplayer game in development that was supposed to be TLOUP2 Factions so it could be that.
 

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They already have two established IPs so it's about time to create a third one. I would love to see something completely different and out of their comfort zone like a Fantasy title.
 

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I loved tlou2, but I'm personally done with that world.

Not saying to never go back to it, but I want fresh new characters.
Tlou3 can't have that baggage anymore.

As what I want? Honestly,that game that they have been teasing. The sci fi game. I'd love that.

A return to pulp action like uncharted. Just big, bombastic, lots of action, in space.
 
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rofif

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nah. By the time a game comes out, the other 2 games are already in production. One in preproduction and other like 2 years in probably.
No studio starts development only after finishing previous game
 

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I won’t lie, all the drama around TLOU2 makes me less excited about any future Naughty Dog project. I kind of hope their next games
lets us have a character creator and let’s us make our own adventure. Just provide us an over world and small story beats or multiple paths to follow. The art and tech team is phenomenal, just let them go crazy.
 
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New team means Naughty Dog has 2 teams? Working on 2 different games.

Alot like Insomniac working on Spiderman MM and Ratchet and Clank at the same time
Pretty sure that Insomniac has 3 teams now:

1. Bryan Horton's (Miles Morales)
2. Brian Intihar's (Spider-Man and Spider-Ma 2)
3. Marcus Smith's (Ratchet & Clank)
 
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Airbus Jr

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Production of a new game started in Sept 2020?

Can they just..start..like...right now?

Between now and Sept is a looong time....

They already have enough holiday after tlou2 last year...
 
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Pretty sure that Insomniac has 3 teams now:

1. Bryan Horton's (Miles Morales)
2. Brian Intihar's (Spider-Man and Spider-Ma 2)
3. Marcus Smith's (Ratchet & Clank)

Nice. I like the way WWS is expanding. Just Need a few more studio acquisitions
 

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I loved tlou2, but I'm personally done with that world.

Not saying to never go back to it, but I want fresh new characters.
Tlou3 can't have that baggage anymore.

As what I want? Honestly,that game that they have been teasing. The sci fi game. I'd love that.

A return to pulp action like uncharted. Just big, bombastic, lots of action, in space.
They'd be foolish not to dip into TLOU again, now that HBO show is in the works. This may very well be the first time we get a proper video game adaptation, given Druckman himself is involved.
 
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They need to have one team make a short quicker to release game and then the second team more in depth ones.

Their output this past gen is not acceptable. Two games? No last of us remastered does not count nor does any of their multiplayer releases/addons
 

Airbus Jr

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They need to have one team make a short quicker to release game and then the second team more in depth ones.

Their output this past gen is not acceptable. Two games? No last of us remastered does not count nor does any of their multiplayer releases/addons
3 game, thats quite acceptable imo

Uncharted 4 A Thieves End

Uncharted Lost Legacy

The Last of Us pt II
 
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