We were all amazed when Sony and Naughty Dog dropped that bomb on us last year. The debut video remains one of the most impressive trailers we've seen this generation.
And with Naughty Dog at the helm, the hype and anticipation is already building. After all, we're talking about a developer that has delivered arguably the best games of the past five years, as each Uncharted installment garnered plenty of critical acclaim and widespread praise from gamers. Then you've got the fact that The Last Of Us is obviously a PS3 exclusive, and that just generates more hype and general discussion.
But is it a good idea? If you put expectations high enough, no game can live up to the hype. Don't forget that although Naughty Dog is one hell of a developer, it's feasible that a project like The Last Of Us falls just outside their comfort zone. It may be similar in mechanics to Uncharted but it likely won't be the same, and the studio's history doesn't really include anything like this new IP. Obviously, we have complete faith in those guys, but I think it's dangerous to heap so much pressure upon the team.
Let's not forget that according to recent report, Naughty Dog has split their staff into two teams; one to work on The Last Of Us and the other to work on Uncharted 4 . Not that we have any doubts that both titles will be amazing, but we've got a long ways to go…and you know what can happen in the span of a year, especially among the gaming media and forums/communities. By the time we get towards the end of 2012, it'll start to feel like if The Last Of Us isn't the Game of the Year, it's just a failure. And that's what we're worried about.
There's nothing wrong with anticipation. Good word-of-mouth is a plus. But as with anything else, you can always have too much of a good thing…
Related Game(s): The Last Of Us