A new generation means developers get to stretch their imaginations to realize games they never thought would be possible to make before. Consumers have more of an open-mind, or at least that’s what industry folk say, and new IP is welcomed with open arms.
The PlayStation 4 has certainly caused developers to think about game development differently. Not only has game development become a more expensive proposition, but what a gamer wants has become more and more ambiguous to identify. In an interview with HobbyConsolas, Evan Wells, who is the Co-President of Naughty Dog, commented on the leap we have seen since moving from the PS3 to the PS4.
“It’s hard to say. If you look at the differences and graphical fidelity, it could be argued that it is true, but if you look at the experiences we are able to create, I think we’ll see more unique and innovative games [on] PS4 [with] respect to PS3,” Wells said.
The generation leap between the PS2 and the PS3 was enormous as the latter ushered in the High-Definition era of gaming. The PS4 could not have done the same, but that’s not to say there wasn’t a significant leap in game performance from last generation to this current one. Games have improved drastically and things that are emphasized in game development now are fairly different from what was emphasized during the PS3’s era.
There have been whispers and theories about Sony bringing the first three Uncharted games to the PlayStation 4, but that has yet to be confirmed. Naughty Dog brought a remastered version of The Last of Us to PS4, so it’s not impossible to think the same could happen with Uncharted. Wells was asked about the rumors surrounding remasters for the first three Uncharted games.
“We read these rumors, but, right now, we’re focused on making Uncharted 4. Making The Last of Us Remastered was a great experience and allowed us to become familiar with the technology of PS4,” Wells said.
Remasters serve multiple purposes for both gamers and developers. On the gamer side of things, it allows people who haven’t played these games before to become more familiar with them, especially if a sequel is on the way. For developers, it enables them to become more familiar, as Wells said, with the technology of the PS4.
This spring has a bevvy of remasters for the PS4 and Xbox One, and they have proven to be something consumers are supporting. Don’t expect remasters to be something that dies anytime soon. Uncharted 4 is scheduled to launch later this year, though we do not have a release date at this time.