The Last of Us and Elden Ring are vastly different in how they tell a story, but TLOU director Neil Druckmann may be more interested in what the Elden Ring style has to offer. The Naughty Dog studio lead recently took part in an interview where he shared his recent interest in environmental storytelling and less outspoken narratives. He even shared that Naughty Dog may be attempting to capture similar vibes in its upcoming projects.
Druckmann recently appeared on an interview with The Washington Post in which he discussed his recent interests in video game narrative. It was there that he pointed to games like Inside and Elden Ring, praising them for how they almost wordlessly guide players into the story and narrative of their world without outright saying it.
“I’m more recently intrigued by stuff like Elden Ring and Inside, that don’t rely as much on traditional narrative to tell a story,” Druckmann said.
Druckmann goes on to share that he feels The Last of Us has some level of similar DNA in environmental storyline, but he’d like the studio to explore that aspect further.
“I think some of the best storytelling in The Last of Us – yes, a lot of it is in the cinematics – but a lot of it is in the gameplay, and moving around a space, and understanding a history of a space by just looking at it and examining it,” Druckmann continued. “I think there’s a way to push that stuff forward, at least, for the kind of games we make at Naughty Dog. I’m really intrigued – again, [we’re] never resting on our laurels, and trying something a little bit new, a little bit different, that not everyone’s going to like, but that’s okay. And again, it’s stuff that we’re working on now – I can tell you that the teams are very excited by the different projects we have at Naughty Dog.”
It seems unlikely that we’ll see these projects and the revamped narrative experiences Druckmann describes come to light immediately as it seems Naughty Dog is focusing its efforts on The Last of Us multiplayer game in 2023. Nonetheless, one could always just go play Shacknews Game of the Year 2022, Elden Ring. It’s right there. No need to wait. Nonetheless, stay tuned as we continue to follow what’s coming down the pipe next from Naughty Dog.
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Interesting. I personally thought the exploration was the best part of TLOU2. I would rather Druckman stops giving all these interviews because they make him sound pretty corny, but he is wise to recognize that his cinematic approach is old hat as far as games go and that if he wants to do that so much, he can go make a TV show now instead. 🙄