In a latest interview, Naughty Canine co-president and The Final of Us Director Neil Druckmann defined why the studio hasn’t revealed its subsequent recreation but.
Talking to ComicBook concerning the upcoming live-action tackle The Final of Us from HBO, Druckmann spoke about how Naughty Canine has introduced a few of its video games too early. “You are proper, we did announce Uncharted 4 and The Final of Us Half 2 method prematurely, however that really prompted a bit little bit of the work-life stability points that we have typically had on the studio,” Druckmann advised ComicBook.
“By delaying that announcement a bit, we might play with the schedule extra and we’re extra acutely aware now about how we’re approaching manufacturing. So there’s our [The Last of Us] multiplayer venture and there is one other venture that I can’t say something about that is past that that we’re additionally very a lot excited for.”
The Final of Us Half 1 was revealed at Summer season Video games Fest final yr, and launched just some months later, which does match into what Druckmann has mentioned right here. What would not match although is Druckmann’s underplaying of the “work-life stability points” the studio has had.
In 2020, an in depth report from Kotaku detailed the typically fairly extreme crunch that will allegedly happen on the studio, primarily internet hosting an environment that implied you bought the work executed it doesn’t matter what. On the time of the report, round 70% of the non-lead designers had left, in addition to a big variety of artists, leaving the studio with some much less skilled workers to work on The Final of Us Half 2, supposedly worsening the state of affairs. The sequel additionally obtained a 3 month delay only a month after its first launch date was introduced, supposedly which means that three additional months of crunch had been added to the months that had already taken place.
Hopefully Druckmann’s bizarre and patronising remark truly signifies that issues have modified, or are altering, at Naughty Canine, but it surely would not paint a very beneficial image of the director.