January 27, 2023

Naughty Dog Indicates a Bigger Future for its PC Games – IGN

Naughty Dog has said that releasing the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection on PC is a “transformative pivot point” for the studio, indicating a bigger focus on the platform going forward.

Speaking in a blog post, Naughty Dog vice president Christian Gyrling said that, while PlayStation 5 remains the developer’s primary platform, putting games on PC allows it to reach a whole new audience.

Naughty Dog used its partnership with Iron Galaxy (who ported the Uncharted collection over to PC) to learn about PC development, Gyrling said, and “we’re able to look ahead to the future of Naughty Dog games on PC more excitedly than ever.”

He continued: “We’re excited to be offering The Last of Us Part 1 on PC in the future, and know that, moving forward, adding PC development to the way we develop games, which in no way undermines the importance of PlayStation 5 as our primary platform, will continue to benefit our team in the long run.

“Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection’s PC release is a transformative pivot point for Naughty Dog. We not only have another chance to celebrate our beloved franchise but also introduce it to so many new players.

“In doing so, we set the stage for Naughty Dog to deliver high-quality games on PlayStation 5, with the option of a PC release as well, with an understanding of how to cater to the different needs of both audiences now and in the future.”

While this doesn’t guarantee that every new Naughty Dog game will eventually be released on PC going forward, it does seem much more likely. Sony itself is doubling down on its expansion to the platform by establishing a new PlayStation PC label and purchasing PC porting specialist Nixxes.

It also recently said that, alongside investing in first party software, its other main strategy for growing its business is releasing its software on multiple platforms – and it expects to make $300 million from PC games this financial year alone.

Uncharted’s arrival on PC is certainly significant given that it’s arguably PlayStation’s biggest franchise, but other major first party games including God of War and Spider-Man have also made the jump to huge success. Spin-off title Spider-Man: Miles Morales is also coming to PC this November, with the aforementioned Last of Us Part 1 also expected to arrive on PC in the near future as well.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.

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