Sony seemingly has a big game plan when it comes to games for its PlayStation 5, moving in a direction towards high-budgeted blockbusters. And a new report suggests that The Last of Us is on that roster, but not in the way that you may expect.
Posted by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, the report suggests that Naughty Dog is hard at work on a remake of its 2013 blockbuster The Last of Us for PlayStation 5. This ties in with Sony’s shift towards bigger and better games for its new hardware, instead of relying on older franchises and independent games as it’s done in the past.
This has led to some unrest with certain developers within Sony’s ranks, particularly with those that have seen the reformatting of Sony’s famed Japan Studio as of late, as well as with an internal San Diego development team called the “Visual Art Service Group.” They were reportedly working on the Last of Us remake when Sony opted to shift development to Naughty Dog instead.
And this logic seems to be affecting more projects than expected. Sony Bend, the developers of Days Gone, recently went to the company with a pitch for a sequel, considering it did rather well for the company. But it was turned down for undisclosed reasons, possibly because Sony didn’t consider it “high-caliber” enough to join the ranks of its other blockbusters.
That said, there are two problems if this turns out to be true.
The first of which is that we already have a version of The Last of Us that runs beautifully on the PS5. That would be The Last of Us Remastered, which came out years ago for PlayStation 4 and plays on the new hardware via backward compatibility. It looks great on the system, and runs at 60 frames per second…so, what exactly would a remake bring to the table? Naughty Dog should focus its resources on something else instead. Like, say, a new Jak and Daxter adventure?
Then there’s the second thing. If this turns out to be true, and Sony does in fact work only on big blockbuster titles from hereon in, it betrays the very nature in which it based its PlayStation principles on. When its first hardware came out in the 90s, the company took chances on franchises like Twisted Metal, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. Those chances paid off, creating an establishment for the company that would lead to millions of copies and games sold. Sony needs to keep going down its road, innovating with its titles while also delivering with high-powered sequels. Without that spark, it could very well go against the very definition in which it was founded, leaving innovation behind in favor of games that may suit audiences, but also leaves indie developers and other talented people in the dust.
And Days Gone 2 may not be the most anticipated sequel out there, sure. But what’s wrong with continuing the adventure? It turned out to be a pretty good game, and people can actually check it out for free this month as part of Sony’s PlayStation Plus offerings. Hopefully they’ll give it a second chance down the road, because this isn’t a franchise that should be turned down so easily.
I mean, we’ll continue to get great games from Sony, that’s fine. But this mentality of turning towards the future – and solely the future – while forgetting its past could be a dangerous move, especially considering what Nintendo and Microsoft have in store. Think it over, Sony.
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