Uncharted on NGP: why it's not being made by Naughty Dog (no, it's not because they're lazy b*stards)

In a perfect world Saturdays would last for 72 hours, scoffing cheeseburgers would give you heat vision and Naughty Dog would be developing the new Uncharted for Sony’s NGP. Unfortunately, we exist in a world where Monday mornings last precisely half a millennium, burgers lead to coronary bypasses and Drake’s portable adventure is being handled by Sony’s Bend studio. Fret not, though, as the internal SCE team has plenty of experience working on PSP.

But why isn’t Naughty Dog handling the development duties itself, we hear you ask. Well, it’s simply because it’s got a policy of only making one game at a time. Community Strategist Arne Meyer explained the situation at an event in London recently: “We’re a one game studio so it would be very challenging for us,” he commented on the upcoming NGP title.

He continued: “I know a long time ago we had looked at trying to do that as well, but it’s really about what makes sense for the universe and for the franchise as well.”

Don’t go spilling any salty tears just yet, though, gentle reader. Sony Bend has made all the critically acclaimed Syphon Filter games on PSP, so they’re well versed in squeezing the most out of a handheld system to deliver exciting, technically impressive action games.

Above: An example of Bend's fine portable work

The studio certainly has the support of Arne. “Sony Bend’s a great studio, we have a great relationship with them, so it’s really exciting to see a new platform and see what they can do with it given all of the new control options they’ve got as well” he remarked.

Personally, we’ve got every faith Uncharted on the upcoming handheld can be a success, even without Naughty Dog. And lets be honest, would you really want the developer’s time taken up with anything that pulled it away from Drake’s Deception?


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  • thevenomous1 - February 10, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    I saw like 5 mins of gameplay it looks like Uncharted it has some touch controls seems cool but if it doesnt add anything to the lore I wont be splurging on it.
  • grayguwapo - February 10, 2011 3:53 a.m.

    Let's hope Bend gets this right... and let's hope they keep all the voice actors... we still want to experience fluidity in this NGP title... let's see once we get some trailers...
  • BazyLastard - February 10, 2011 12:31 a.m.

    You gotta problem with lazy b*stards?
  • elpurplemonkey - February 9, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    As long as Nolan North is Nathan Drake, the game will be fine.
  • S32X - February 9, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    Sony Bend also did the Resistance game on PSP and I enjoyed that far more than the boring PS3 originals! But Their first game though was ....... BUBSY 3D!
  • QWERTYCommander - February 9, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    @BluesyFish I thought the same thing when Uncharted 3 was announced. They're probably going to sell the series to another developer after the 4th one, like they did with Crash and J&D. And then the games are going to be crap, like Crash and J&D.
  • RavielDeSilverlake - February 9, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    In 1 side, I found out that's sad. But in another side, it's great, y'know. ND focus on 1 game at a time then it's shows us about their serious in work so we can have a new great U3.
  • BluesyFish - February 9, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    It's clearly because after Uncharted 3 they're gonna make an Uncharted racing game, and then shove the rest of the Uncharted series into some other developer's care while they make their new ps4 series. There's a patter. It's called the Naughty Theorem.
  • jim2wheels - February 9, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    @Games_radar_DaveMeikleham Is that why I saw the article twice in my RSS feed? Is that why I saw the article twice in my RSS feed?
  • Shagnasty - February 9, 2011 4:17 p.m.

    But is Nathan Fillion on board?
  • paganpoet - February 9, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Who are you to affirm you've been sufficiently beaten? I think I'll be the judge of that... *produces a crowbar from hammerspace*
  • CancerMan - February 9, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    can't wait to get my hands on this game and a PSP2.
  • Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham - February 9, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    @db1331 Cheers, dude. Fixed now. I've been sufficiently beaten for said error.
  • V1N3 - February 9, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    Naughty Doy?
  • FanofSaiyan - February 9, 2011 4 p.m.

    Hopefully this means Naughty Dog can focus on making Uncharted 3 and (hopefully) a new Jak & Daxter game.
  • db1331 - February 9, 2011 4 p.m.

    Typo in the headline, Dave.
  • Robx - February 9, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    Priorities! I do hope Bend gets it right, this is a very important title for the NGP...

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