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In case you were looking for a bit of new to help you feel really, really old today, I’m more than happy to report that video game developer Naughty Dog is now turning 30 years old and celebrating with a pretty spiffy art book looking back at the past three decades worth of games.
It feel like only yesterday the team at Naughty Dog was finally breaking out of its shell and storming onto the scene with the Crash Bandicoot series, but it turns out that was actually nearly 20 years ago itself and, yeah, that’ certainly make you feel like an aged old-timer when you could have sworn that actually happened only a handful of years ago.
Naughty Dog actually began life as Jam Software back in 1984, not adopting its more recognized moniker until 1989. After making a few games that sailed under just about every radar on the planet, the team finally took the gaming world by storm when it released Crash Bandicoot in 1996, inadvertently creating the perfect mascot to wave the banner of an upstart console known as the PlayStation.
After three Crash games and a phenomenal kart racer set in the same universe, the team went to work on the Jak and Daxter series, once again creating a leading mascot for Sony’s next console, the PlayStation 2. Then, with the PlayStation 3, Naughty Dog once again led the charge with two more legendary game series, Uncharted and The Last of Us. We know that Uncharted 4 is making its way to the PS4, but there’s no telling what else Naughty Dog might have up its sleeve for the next generation. Given their history, though, it’s a pretty safe bet that whatever it is will be top shelf material.
In order to celebrate all of those fond gaming moments, Naught Dog is celebrating 30 years of creating beloved titles with “The Art of Naught Dog,” a special collection of illustrations highlighting the studio’s evolution from 1984 to 2014.
In a recent blog post by Naughty Dog Community Strategist Eric Monacelli, it’s stated that the past three decades have equated to more than 70 million games sold for the little development team that could.
“One of the hallmarks of Naught Dog has always been our top-notch artistic quality and talent,” Monacelli said. “We’re paying tribute to that this year as we’re teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to release ‘The Art of Naughty Dog.’”
No word on a release date as of yet, but Monacelli states that it will celebrate the past, present and future of Naughty Dog, so no telling what sort of special treats will be included in its pages. He also says there will be “other celebratory merchandise” coming out later this year, so get ready for more Naughty Dog goodness throughout 2014.