November 17, 2007 // 4:52 pm
- Expected Uncharted's "medals" to be integrated into Home, the PlayStation Network has opened up a lot of interesting opportunities for developers, says Naughty Dog's Evan Wells. In a live text interview with our sister site, Eurogamer.net, the company's co-president said that PSN was definitely something they were interested in.
"I think it could come in handy during some of the transitional roll over periods between games if there hasn't been enough pre-production work done to get started on the next big project," Wells explained.
Although Wells did not elaborate, Naughty Dog could use PSN to provide downloadable content for their latest game, Uncharted, even while working on a sequel. The developer also included medal points in Uncharted, expecting that they could eventually be attached to Home. He said that it was hard to say whether or not players would be waiting longer between Naughty Dog releases during this hardware generation.
"Even on the PS2 we took two years to develop Jak 1 and 2. It wasn't until later in the generation that we had enough tech built up that we could get the production down to one year. I imagine things will be similar this time around."
When asked whether or not the company planned to work on PSP titles, Wells negated the idea. "We want to focus our attention and technological efforts on one platform and one engine," he said, referring to the PS3.
Before the release of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune on the PS3, Naughty Dog's most recent franchise was the Jak & Daxter series on PS2.
"Everybody here would love to do a Jak game on the PS3. However, I'm not sure about the timing. We want to stick with only working on one game at a time to maintain our focus.
Everybody is taking a much deserved vacation right now and we will decide what we're doing next when people get back," he explained.