Naughty Dog Lead Designer Touts the Studio’s Engine: “Has the Sickest Blends”

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Naughty Dog has certainly achieved some incredible feats over the last few years, and accomplished some outstanding work with the Uncharted series and the absolute masterpiece that was The Last of Us. It is fair to say that Naughty Dog is one of the best gaming studios in the industry.

Naughty Dog’s PS4 engine is simply extraordinary, and enables four times the texture resolution compared to Uncharted for the PS3. Naughty Dog’s lead designer Antony Newman took to Twitter to tout the capabilities of the engine.

The tweets followed the announcement of the Uncharted PS4 collection yesterday. Newman tweeted that the engine has the ‘sickest’ blends, after which Uncharted 4 lead game designer Kurt Margenau commented that that this applies to the ‘curves’ as well:

Naughty Dog released a quite interesting video detailing what the job of a Visual Effect Artist at the highly acclaimed studio entails. Aiming to attract new talent, VFX artists Eben Cook and Iki Ikram, give us a small glimpse of a work-in-progress explosion in Uncharted 4 (at the 2.54 mark) and of some shooting (at the 0:40 mark).


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We have recently mentioned that Naughty Dog is all hands on deck in preparation for E3, and during a livestream to support Supply Drop 2015 the studio’s QA lead Trevor Stevens talked about the testing being done on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

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Sony has recently announced the time and date for its E3 2015 Press Conference, which will be held at 6:30 PM PDT on Monday, June 15. The event itself will take place at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

Sony Computer Entertainment CEO, Andrew House, during his presentation for the Electronics Investor Relations Day 2015, he shared his expectations for E3 2015.

“I think that E3 this year will be an exciting show. I think that it will be a show where we see the next generation of hardware really start to deliver great content and great experiences that if not take full advantage of the platform, will a lot more advantage than we’ve seen before.

I think we’re seeing games become bigger experiences, that trend has not changed. I gave a first party example with Bloodborne earlier, I was reading some of the game media reviews on that. Some of the gaming press were calling this “the first proper next-gen title.” I really hope to see more of these experiences emerging at E3.”

Guerilla’s open world RPG, Horizon, is probably going to be revealed with hopefully some beautiful gameplay, and we might get a teaser of Sucker Punch’ new title. We can hope for a PS4 God of War announcement as well.

Insomniac will give us a glimpse of the Ratchet & Clank reboot title for the PS4, which is a re-imagining of the franchise set to release alongside the movie in 2016. We will likely get a better look at Project Morpheus, along with a few VR optimised titles, and probably a release date for the device.

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The new title from Quantic Dream should most definitely be revealed, which will surely be something to look forward to, as their Dark Sorcerer demo at E3 2013 was truly something spectacular and demonstrated the potential of the PlayStation 4 hardware in the capable hands of the Quantic Dream studio, led by the visionary David Cage.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is currently planned for a Spring 2016 release for the PlayStation 4. We will bring you any new information on Uncharted 4 and Naughty Dog as soon as it becomes available, but we can surely look forward to the game having a huge presence at E3 2015 later this month, and we will be sure to bring you full coverage from the show floor.


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