So nothing for years...Will we get a naughty dog game on ps5 that isn't the last of us online?
Sony has been growing and will continue growing its internal development teams, and hired internal support and porting teams to help them to develop more games at the same time and release them faster. Sony also wants more coproductions where different teams collaborate in games. Druckmann said ND has multiple teams to work on multiple projects.
ND already released in PS5 Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection and TLOUP1, and soon (I assume next year) we'll get TLOU Online, headed by Vinit Agarwal, Joe Pettinati and Anthony Newman. Kurt Margenau is directing another game, if we count the number of asterisks they match with UNCHARTED 5, which pretty likely evolved from the Uncharted spinoff they were codeveloping with Bend years ago, and also what apparently teased in the 'Live from PS5' campaign:
We don't know in which projects Josh Scherr (lead cinematic animator in all main Jak and co-writer of all ND Uncharted games + TLOU2) or Shaun Escayg (the other Uncharted Lost Legacy co-director) have been working on.
Josh Scherr left ND last year after doing story development for an unannounced game during over 2 years. TLOU Online? Uncharted 5? A new IP? TLOU3? Who knows.
Shaun Escayg left ND in 2018 to join Crystal Dynamics to work in Avengers, then directed a film
and went back to ND in 2021 as Creative Director of TLOUP1. Shaun and Matthew Gallant (TLOUP1 game director, also worked in TLOU1+2+Uncharted 4) are now free to work in other project after TLOUP1. With all the recent TLOU success, pretty likely they may have got the TLOU3 first story draft that Druckmann wrote to develop it.
In the past ND had a new IP every generation, and in recent years ND mentioned to be interested to continue working on TLOU, Uncharted and on new IP. In TLOUP1 they including this, which may hint a new IP they could be working on, in addition to or instead of one of the possible projects I mentioned:
I think that in addition to Legacy of Thieves, TLOUP1 and TLOU Online we'll get for PS5 at least the next Uncharted (pretty likely codeveloped with other studio as could be Bluepoint since Bend left to work on their next new IP) and a new ND IP plus post launch content for TLOU Online.
I think TLOU3 will be released after all this, for PS6, and if they release other project for PS5 would be a Nathan Drake Collection remaster/remake for PC/PS5 or at least a remake of Uncharted 1 codeveloped with the Sony Visual Arts team from San Diego who pitched and codeveloped TLOUP1.