A new report from Bloomberg put the spotlight on the inner workings of PlayStation, and one of the most notable takeaways is the Naughty Dog is working on a The Last of Us Remake. The report further mentions that Days Gone studio, Bend, was developing a new Uncharted game and that Days Gone will not be getting a sequel.
Sony’s Visual Arts Service Group, based in San Diego, typically supports other Sony studios. However, the studio is now said to have begun to remake The Last of Us about three years ago.
Visuals Arts Service Group found Michael Mumbauer recruited about 30 people, from both inside and out of Sony, to create a new division that would develop a remake of The Last of Us for PS5, Bloomberg reported. The team didn’t get funding or support and Sony decided to shift development of the remake to Naughty Dog.
Mumbauer has since left the company, with others leaving as well.
The report also states that Bend Studio pitched a sequel to Days Gone, but it was rejected, despite the financial success of the first game. Instead of working on the sequel, one team at Bend is now assisting Naught Dog on “a multiplayer game.”
It doesn’t say what that game is, but it was previously announced that Naughty Dog is making a standalone Last of Us multiplayer game. Another team inside Bend was set to work on a “new Uncharted game” with Naughty Dog overseeing the project.
Some higher-ups at Bend were reported to be unhappy about working on Uncharted, and asked to be removed from the project. Sony agreed, according to the report, and Bend Studios is now making “a new game of their own.”
Naught Dog has said it won’t make another Uncharted title, but the studio did say that a different studio could come step in to make Uncharted 5. it seems that this still remains a possibility, even after Bend dropped out.
The report also mentions that Mumbauer’s team initially wanted to do a remake of the original Uncharted game, but that “quickly fizzled” due to costs and other issues. So the team moved on to a remake of The Last of Us with an idea to release it in a package with The Last of Us II for PS5.
The new PlayStation Studios boss, Herman Hulst, said The Last of Us remake was too expensive due to its new engine for PS5 and gameplay redesigns, according to the report.
Instead, Sony put Mumbauer’s team to work on The Last of Us II as co-developer with Naughty Dog to help polish the game. After The Last of Us II was finished, Sony reportedly asked some developers from Naughty Dog to help Mumbauer’s team with The Last of Us remake, but it was later shifted to Naughty Dog’s internal team.
The Last of Us remake, which is said to be known as T1X, is still in development at Naughty Dog with help from Visual Arts Support Group, as stated by the report.