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Naughty Dog, Insomniac Handing Off Dev Duties For NGP Games
Naughty Dog, Insomniac Handing Off Dev Duties For NGP Games
January 27, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

January 27, 2011 | By Kyle Orland
More: Console/PC

Big-name console developers Naughty Dog and Insomniac are not assuming development duties on planned versions of their respective Uncharted and Resistance series for Sony's upcoming Next Generation Portable.

A Game Informer hands-on preview reveals that Sony's Bend Studio is working on the new portable Uncharted title, which has so far seen two Naughty Dog-developed entries on the PS3.

The Bend, Oregon-based studio is best known for the Syphon Filter series and for the 2009 PSP port Resistance: Retribution.

Insomniac, meanwhile, revealed via tweet that Nihilistic Software is working on an upcoming Resistance game for the NGP. The Bay Area-based Nihilistic worked on one of the iterations the cancelled StarCraft: Ghost, and is currently developing Sony's motion-controlled PS3 mascot showcase Heroes on the Move.

Developers and publishers often move development duties to a different studio when moving a series to portable systems, as titles like Resistance: Retribution show.

Still, the fact that two major developers are passing up the opportunity to self-develop one of their flagship franchises to Sony's new portable is interesting.

Sony brought out a wide variety of third-party publishers to pledge their support for its newly unveiled Next Generation Portable.

Many of those developers showed off portable adaptations of popular console-centric series at the unveiling, including Konami's Metal Gear Solid, Sega's Yakuza and Activision's Call of Duty.

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James McKennay
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It would be more interesting if both of those studios weren't currently developing massive AAA+ titles for the PS3 that will be released about the same time as the NGP (and therefore it's launch titles). There will always be studios that specialise in portable development and the results can be amazing, look at the Ready at Dawn PSP God of War games for an example. Frankly 'passing off' makes it sound like they don't care, and I don't think that's fair.

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Agreed. I'd actually rather see them do a Syphon Filter game. Just to diversify it a bit, ya know?

Jonathan Lindemann
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Sony Bend also does really good work. Resistance: Retribution is great from an audio/visual standpoint. They're very competent developers.

Joe McGinn
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I'll take Ratchet and Clank! ;-)

Eric Geer
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I'm playing resistance:retribution now...

Awesome game--this isn't really bad news.

Mohammad Musa
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Sony would not take risks with big franchises with unproven studios. I have worked with some folks at Nihilistic before and have no doubt that they can deliver on this. I also met The Bend team a couple of times and their version of Uncharted will surely be a masterpiece.

Abdu Kho
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Uncharted for PSP looks cool, there's this demo video you can check out, the graphics and mechanics look good so far.