Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann provided some comments in regards to being inspired with several Hollywood movies. According to a report from Gaming Bolt on Dec. 20, both directors from Naughty Dog (the development studio behind “The Last of Us” and the upcoming new “Uncharted” video game for the PS4) praised the critically acclaimed film, “Gravity.”
Bruce Straley stated that he was impressed at how the movie was intense yet simple at the same time, calling it an inspiration. You can check out a set of screens from “The Last of Us” in the slideshow to the left of this article and his comments below (courtesy of Empire Online and Gaming Bolt):
The world that we, Neil and I, have been inside of for three and a half years making The Last Of Us… that movie nailed on the head, in every way, shape and form. It’s so well done, so intense, so simple, all at the same time. It’s a very inspirational movie, to say the least.
Neil Druckmann also talked about “Children of Men,” saying that the action file “was brilliant in its simplicity,” adding that he also felt the same way about “Gravity.” He went on to state that Naughty Dog wanted to take a similar approach of creating a simple plot that focuses on the characters. You can find his statement below:
That story, for an action film, was brilliant in its simplicity. And I was upset that no game takes that approach. We don’t need over-the-top aliens and all this stuff, it can be down at the very human level. And I felt very similarly walking out of Gravity. So we wanted to take that approach of a very character-driven, simple plot so we could just focus on characters.
Naughty Dog is currently working on a new story-based DLC for “The Last of Us,” which was released earlier this year. Another development team from within the studio also started work on the next video game of the “Uncharted” series for the PS4. The upcoming title was just recently announced and currently does not have an official release date.