Naughty Dog is once again trying to take an ambitious leap with their latest project, The Last Of Us .
And in a recent OPM UK interview with Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann, and voice performers Troy Baker (Joel) and Ashley Johnson (Ellie), Druckmann spoke about the team's goals. And Baker added that he believes players "crave substance" and are reaching out for something special.
"As a gamer I think that it’s almost daunting some of the expectations those gamers have. If you show an announcement trailer and it’s anything short of Jesus backflipping over a sea of ninja and turning orcs into candystripe game controllers it’s going to be underwhelming, because that’s what people expect now. And I think for so long technology has limited us, and I think now, especially the way Naughty Dog does it, people are exceeding the technology.
People are ready for something, they crave substance, they’re reaching out. People always want connection to something, for something to resonate with them. Gameplay is always a core part, yes, but I think more than anything people are really ready for something to resonate with them, and just blowing people up doesn’t do that any more."
Druckmann said they "want to change the fu**** industry" simply because they think storytelling can get a lot better. And although we've seen examples of great strides taken in this respect, we have to agree.
"…we want to change the fu**ing industry because we feel like storytelling is so poor right now. And we try so hard at Naughty Dog to push things, and games come out which are fun and exciting and visceral, but to read in reviews that they have amazing stories is disheartening for us because we work so hard at it. We really hope we can raise the bar, that people will look at it and say ‘OK, I really need to learn the craft of storytelling, I really need to think about characters, I really need to involve my actors in this in order to get realistic performances. That’s what we want to do."
There's no doubt that we need the next level when it comes to scripting, storytelling, dialogue, etc. But having a team like Naughty Dog leading the revolutionary charge is encouraging; given the Uncharted titles, they know exactly what to do when it comes to professional acting and writing.
Just keep goin'!
Related Game(s): The Last Of Us