Naughty Dog is an American video game company founded by Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin in 1984. It is based in Santa Monica, California. It was acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2001. Naughty Dog is the creator of the Uncharted series, as well as the Crash Bandicoot series and the Jak and Daxter series.
Naughty Dog's origins go back to 1984, when the company was named "JAM Software". It was founded by Andy Gavin and Jason Rubin, both 16 years old at the time. The company developed two games for the Apple II: Math Jam and Ski Crazed. Two years later, they moved up to writing software for the then next-generation Apple IIGS with the game Dream Zone, which was popular enough to be ported to several other platforms. By 1989, they wrote Keef the Thief for the Apple IIGS and with that title, officially changed the company's name to Naughty Dog.
Gavin and Rubin produced a sequence of progressively more successful games, including Rings of Power for the Sega Genesis and Way of the Warrior for the 3DO. The latter was created with low-budget but still plausible offering prompted Universal Interactive Studios to sign the duo to a three-title deal and fund the expansion of the company. Mark Cerny, who had designed and programmed Marble Madness at Atari and produced Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Sega, convinced Naughty Dog to focus its new resources on creating a character-based platform game that would fully exploit the 3D capabilities of the new systems.
On August 31, 1996, Naughty Dog released Crash Bandicoot for the PlayStation. Naughty Dog developed two Crash Bandicoot sequels and a racing game over the next three years. The sequels were: Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. After developing Crash Team Racing in 1999, the company left the Crash series behind due to losing the contract with Universal Interactive, never to go back again.
Playstation 2 years
On December 3, 2001, Naughty Dog released Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy for the Playstation 2. They later developed two sequels and a racing game for the series. These were Jak II, Jak 3, and Jak X: Combat Racing. After this, much like with Crash Bandicoot, they left Jak and Daxter behind.
PlayStation 3 years
In 2005, they began working on the Uncharted series for the PlayStation 3. they released Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for the PlayStation 3, their first game on the console, which met with numerous positive reviews and sold one million copies in its first ten weeks on sale upon it's release in 2007.
In 2009, they released a sequel to Drake's Fortune titled Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which received universal critical acclaim, and was cited by many as not only one of the best games on PlayStation 3, but one of the best of all time and cementing the character of Nathan Drake as a PlayStation 3 poster boy. It was announced on 9 December 2010 that another sequel was in the works, titled Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, which was released in early November 2011 to universal acclaim on par with Uncharted 2.
The success of the Uncharted series led to Sony desiring to develop more games using Uncharted's game engine, but it was found that the engine worked best using Naughty Dog's unique management style and distinct lack of hierarchy and demarcation. Because of this, Sony supported Naughty Dog in expanding to create two teams to work on multiple games simultaneously. The second team was built up while Uncharted 3 was in development, and their first game will be The Last of Us, a post-apocalyptic game announced on 29 November 2011, and has already undergone some major development.
The Last of Us was launched on the 14th of June 2013, to universal critical acclaim, earning many awards for game of the year, for best performances, soundtrack and new IP. Naughty Dog began work on their first piece of single-player story DLC for The Last of Us, titled, The Last of Us: Left Behind, which like the main game itself received critical acclaim.
PlayStation 4 years
Not long after the PlayStation 3 release of The Last of Us, work began on the PlayStation 4 version, The Last of Us: Remastered. During the PlayStation 4 launch event in the United States, Naughty Dog released two trailers, a reveal trailer for The Last of Us: Left Behind, and a teaser trailer, for an untitled Uncharted game for the system.
During Sony's press conference at E3 2014, The game was finally revealed as Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
Initially set to release during Q4 of 2015, Uncharted 4 saw numerous delays, including a shift in development, when Uncharted creator Amy Hennig, left Naughty Dog. The Last of Us, directors, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Strayley took over the development, allegedly putting work on a sequel to The Last of Us on hold until Uncharted was finished. Uncharted 4 was finally released on May 10, 2016.
Naughty Dog also revealed that like the Last of Us, Uncharted 4 would have story DLC, though it hasn't been revealed what it will involve.
On December 3, 2016, the story DLC of Uncharted 4, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, was announced at PlayStation Experience. The game was released on August 22, 2017.
Also during PlayStation Experience, the sequel to The Last of Us, The Last of Us Part II, was announced.
As JAM Software
- Math Jam (Apple II, 1985)
- Ski Crazed (Apple II, 1986)
- Dream Zone (Apple IIGS, 1988)
As Naughty Dog
- Keef the Thief (Apple IIGS/Amiga/MS-DOS, 1989)
- Rings of Power (Genesis, 1991)
- Way of the Warrior (3DO, 1994)
- Crash Bandicoot series
- Crash Bandicoot (PS, 1996)
- Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (PS, 1997)
- Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (PS, 1998)
- Crash Team Racing (PS, 1999)
- Jak series
- Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (PS2, 2001)
- Jak II (PS2, 2003)
- Jak 3 (PS2, 2004)
- Jak X: Combat Racing (PS2, 2005)
- Uncharted series
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3, 2007)
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3, 2009)
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3, 2011)
- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4, 2016)
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (PS4, 2017)
- The Last of Us series
- The Last of Us (PS3, 2013)
- The Last of Us Remastered (PS4, 2014)
- The Last of Us Part II (PS4, TBA)
- Naughty Dog employees playing the Uncharted 2 Multiplayer will have the Naughty Dog logo beside their PSN name.
- It is possible in the Uncharted series that Naughty Dog, and NDI, may be brand names judging by the appearances on pieces of clothing.