The Last Of Us is widely regarded as one of the greatest video games ever made.
But did you know that Naughty Dog's masterpiece, which ended up winning countless awards, was a point of major concern for the developers?
In the latest Conversations with Creators episode , co-director Bruce Straley was asked if the team thought TLoU would rise to great heights. In fact, Straley said: "We thought it was going to tank." Worse than that, he thought the studio's reputation would be tarnished forever:
"We thought we were going to ruin the name and image [of Naughty Dog] that's been so heartily built for years with blood, sweat, and tears. We thought we were ruining Naughty Dog's image."
The game's other director, Neil Druckmann, added that the dark joke throughout production was, "this game is the downfall of Naughty Dog." Heck, they thought they'd be "lucky to scrape by with an 85 on Metacritic" because it just "wasn't coming together." It wasn't until the end of development that they started to feel a bit more hopeful.
And look at the result.
Related Game(s): The Last Of Us