The Last of Us Remastered did more than simply bring the title to the PS4. The release of the this title also allowed developer Naughty Dog to get a “head start” on it next generation development.
Talking to Computer and Video Games, The Last of Us community manager Arne Meyer said that getting his company’s feet wet when it came to developing for the PS4 was part of the motivation for the remastered version.
“We had been working on a PS4 engine and tools for a while at that point,” he said. “There were a couple of reasons that we decided to do it and one was that we thought back to when we had to build an engine from scratch when moving between PS2 and PS3–that was a really painful time for the studio and we wanted to avoid that with PS4. Nothing helps a transition between consoles more than making a full game, because you learn so much about what you need for tools.”
This motivation makes even more sense when talking about the impending arrival of Uncharted 4 to the PS4 this fall. While that will be the first “new” game from the studio on the PlayStation 4, The Last of Us Remastered has made it so it won’t be the first overall.
Gamepot reports that Uncharted 4 might not be the only PS4 game that Naughty Dog is working on. It seems likely that whatever The Last of Us creator is working on beyond these two titles, it won’t be revealed until next year.
Meyer has previously said that another reason for The Last of Us Remastered is that there were plenty of PS4 owners who never had a PS3, and therefore, never got to play the game before.
This same sentiment is partly the reason for the talk from Naughty Dog about possibly making an Uncharted Remastered for the PlayStation 4. Uncharted 4: Thief’s End is the first of the series to be on the next generation console.
It would seem that it might make sense to make another remastered game in order to let next generation console gamers see the first three Uncharted games up close and personal.
If the reception to that game was anywhere near as positive as it has been The Last of Us Remastered, then it would only make sense.
Naughty Dog and Sony have added an extra incentive to buy the next generation version. PS3 users who turn the original into Gamestop will be able to purchase The Last of Us Remastered for just $25 or half off the regular price.