Rumors about a new PlayStation pop-up every month, but at least one major Sony exclusive developer says that when the new platform finally arrives the transition will be hard for all those involved.
Evan Wells, who is one of the co-presidents at Naughty Dog, has stated, “The geek inside you is always excited about a shiny new toy, but then the practicality of it starts to set in: this is going to be a lot of hard work. When you’re going to new technology, every day is a slog, progress is slow and it really takes a different kind of attitude and mentality to get through that kind of push and it’s not right for everybody.”
The executive has also talked about previous transitions that Naughty Dog has seen, including the one between the second and the third generation of the PlayStation
home console, describing it as a tough one.
Wells added, “We lost people on a weekly basis – people just couldn’t get through it. It’s tough and we’re definitely walking into it with open eyes”, describing the shift as a “double edged sword.”
Christophe Balestra, the other co-president, says that the team learned a lot from the process and that the same mistakes will not happen.
At the moment one of the teams working at Naughty Dog is doing post launch support for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, which was launched during the fall, while the second team is working on the just announced The Last of Us
The new Uncharted is set to get some downloadable content in 2012, in order to keep interest in the game high.
The Last of Us does not currently have a launch date, but players are expecting to see it arrive in late 2012.
Both Sony and Microsoft have officially said that they are not working on new consoles while speculation says that reveals are expected during 2012.