Many new PS4 owners are hoping that Naughty Dog will bring their PS3 survival horror game The Last Of Us to the next-gen console. Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann discussed the possibility of a PS4 version in a new interview.
"We have such limited resources, and it's a question of where you put the resources," Druckmann told Eurogamer. "It's something where we can have a feel of where the demand is, and where our time is best spent. It's something that we'll figure out as we move forward."
There are two development teams at Naughty Dog. One of them is working on the new Uncharted game for the PS4. The studio has yet to announce a release window for that game (much less a title) so that team might be occupied until late 2014 or 2015.
Naughty Dog could potentially have the second development team work on a PS4 version of Last Of Us. The issue with that idea is that it distracts them from potentially making another game. Druckmann said in the interview that the studio is brainstorming sequels as well as brand new franchises.
"Can we tell people a story that's really worth telling, and that's not repeating itself? And if we can't, where can we get inspired - what is something that's really going to challenge us, and push storytelling in this medium forward?"
Another possibility, not discussed in the interview, is Naughty Dog handing off the development duties to the PS4 version to someone else. There are plenty of studios out there like Bluepoint that specialize in remaking games for next-gen platforms. I'm sure they'd be happy to pick up the slack for developers that would rather work on new games than ports of their existing titles.
Even if Last Of Us is never re-released on the PS4, the game should be playable on that console by the end of the year. This summer Sony is planning to launch PlayStation Now, a service that streams PS3 games to the PS4 and other hardware. Last Of Us was one of the games demoed for PlayStation Now at CES 2014 so it could be part of PS Now's launch lineup. While the streamed version of Last Of Us might not have fancier graphics or new features that a full-fledged PS4 version could include, it's a nice consolation prize.
In the meantime, the PS3 version of Last Of Us is still winning all sorts of accolades. Naughty Dog won 10 trophies at the D.I.C.E. awards earlier in the week.