What project to tackle after releasing the outstanding The Last of Us Part II? After signing the game that has won the most awards as GOTY 2020, one of its top managers, Neil Druckmann, wanted to talk about projects that he would like to tackle. A new Uncharted, a new TLOU? None of that, Druckmann would love to be able to make a new Half-Life or a video game about The Punisher.
Cowboy Bebop, Half-Life, Ghost Rider… The projects Neil Druckmann would like
Knowing that Naughty Dog is currently working on something very cool, Greg Miller has asked the creative what external IP’s he would like to work with. Druckmann has been quite clear, as collected by GameRant. He would love to work with The Punisher, with Half-Life, Ghost Rider, Hotline Miami or even Cowboy Bebop. Obviously, these are just developer dreams, but of course the idea of an HL signed by him, after what was shown in Half-Life: Alyx, sounds quite interesting.
2) Half Life
3) Ghost Rider
4) Hotline Miami
5) Cowboy Bebop
Those come to mind… 🤷🏻♂️
— Dr. Uckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) January 18, 2021
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While it’s unlikely we’ll see Naughty Dog take up any of these properties in the near future, it’s interesting to see Druckmann’s keen interest in some IPs fans have asked for most from the team.
A third-person shooter Punisher title would be a perfect fit for Naughty Dog, whose most popular titles tend to follow that style. The Punisher’s gun-based action gameplay makes him an obvious fit for a video game, and his deeper, more adult-oriented background, makes his story close to ideal for Naughty Dog’s narrative habits.
The rest of the list definitely consists of some deeper cut picks, but the talented team at Naughty Dog has proven over the years they’re not to be underestimated, and they could definitely pull off any of these in their own unique way.
Recent comments from Druckmann have teased their next project which is currently in its early stages of development, and it’d be extremely exciting if it somehow turned out to be one of these — however slim the odds may be.