The Last of Us has been a huge success for its developer, Naughty Dog. It’s been flooded with awards, glowing reviews, and fan love. It’s spawned a fantastic expansion and work has already begun on a sequel. No one’s more surprised by the success than the game’s developers. They thought it was going to fail.
Talking to Wil Wheaton in a Sony roundtable interview, Naughty Dog’s co-director Bruce Straley said that long into development they didn’t think the game would work. “We thought it was going to tank. We thought we were going to ruin the name and image [of Naughty Dog] that’s been so heartily built for years with blood, sweat, and tears.
“We thought we were ruining Naughty Dog’s image.”