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The transition from one hardware generation to another is always a tumultuous time for developers. Naughty Dog says it's learned from its past generational leaps, and that it's going to be using its existing in-house engine to help mitigate potential issues.
Bruce Straley, the Last of Us' game director, told Digital Spy that the studio learned what not to do while moving from the PlayStation 2 to PlayStation 3. During that transition, he says the studio abandoned the engine Naughty Dog used in its Jak & Daxter games to start fresh for Uncharted – a move that further complicated the game's development.
"[W]e were creating a new IP, with a new engine, with a lot of weird expectations," Straley says. "Nobody had a dev kit soon enough, and as we all know, trying to figure out how to program for a whole new piece of hardware was really difficult."
Now that the PlayStation 4 is on the horizon, Naughty Dog is determined to make the platform leap as smoothly as possible. That means that it will be porting its in-house engine, used for the Uncharted series and the upcoming The Last of Us, over to the PS4.
"We have all these things that already work," he says. "Only when we hit a wall will we say, 'When do we need to change something? When do we need to scale it?"
[Source: Digital Spy via Polygon]
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Anyone see any commercials on tv other than the walking dead one? Cause I've seen commercials for destiny alrready on tv but not this.
This is already an amazing engine so I'm sure they will be able to utilize it effectively and improve upon it for the next generation. If it makes the transition easier I say why not, there is no point in wasting resources on making a new engine when it is not really necessary.
I guess i dnt see why not
I trust naughty dog 100 percent
Great idea, I'm sure ND will give their current engine a serious shot of Steroids for the PS4. One of my 3 favorite developers. Can't wait for Last of Us!!
They hardly need an upgrade yet anyway, as beautiful as their games look.
The engine they use now looks awesome on the PS3, so i'm sure we can wait for the engine upgrade.
It might be more difficult than people think. they have to move the infrastructure from the ps3 with its crazy ass cell prossesor over to a more PC home. I hope they can do it
I hope this works out. I still think there will be bumps, but i would love to see how this tactic works out for them and any other developer planning to do the same.
Good. It works well enough as is.
Jak & Daxter on ps4?
I take it this means more realistic games? Which I am totally fine with.