Naughty Dog is celebrating three decades of marvelous game-making and they are treating fans to a journey like no other with a full-length anniversary video. This cinematic and nostalgic trailer was first previewed during the PlayStation Experience in early December.
"Happy holidays everyone! 2014 was a big year for us. We turned thirty years old, launched The Last of Us Remastered to widespread acclaim, opened a shop, had a couple art shows, and revealed gameplay from our next project, just to name some highlights," Naughty Dog's Eric Monacelli said in a recent blog post.
Naughty Dog was founded in 1984 when Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin fused their artistic talents and programming knack to form JAM (Jason and Andy's Magic) software. A year later, they published Math Jam for the Apple II Computer. The two went on to release their first title, Ski Crazed in 1986 for the same computer model. They sold more than 1500 copies.
It was in September 9, 1989 when Andy and Jason decided to change the name from JAM Software to Naughty Dog. The first game released under the Naughty Dog brand is Keef the Thief for Apple II, Amiga and MS DOS.
Ten years later, the pair drive across the country and set up office at Universal Studios while working on the Crash Bandicoot title. During its peak, Crash Bandicoot became Sony's official mascot and one of the most prominent pop culture figures at the time. The franchise sold more than 40 million worldwide.
After forming a solid base thanks to 18 Crash Bandicoot titles released under Sony, Naughty Dog went on to build an empire. The studio launched mega hit franchises including Uncharted and The Last of Us.
Monacelli also confirmed that they will be busy developing and promoting Uncharted 4: A Thief's End in the coming year.
"Thirty was pretty great but thirty-one is going to be even better. Get ready for an incredible 2015!" he said.