No deal with Sony before being bought by Microsoft

Recently, in an interview with foreign media GamesRadar, Andy Gavin, co-founder of naughty dog, revealed that before Sony acquired naughty dog in 2001, the cooperation between naughty dog and Sony was "very close" and "almost like a first-party studio".

Andy Gavin, co-founder of naughty dog

No deal with Sony before being bought by Microsoft

This early relationship between Sony and naughty dog led to an “unusual level of trust” between the two sides, said Eric Iwasaki, former art and technology director of naughty dog. Recalling the early generation of “Jack and Darst” (PS2 game), Andy Gavin, co-founder of naughty dog, further said that although there was no contract at that time, naughty dog signed a “gentleman’s agreement” with Sony, and (both sides) acquiesced that naughty dog would not “make a different game for Microsoft” because Sony had to bear some development costs.

No deal with Sony before being bought by Microsoft

Andy Gavin said: “we work very closely with Sony and get along very well. We may have become the first party studio. But we don’t have a contract for Jack and Darst, but Sony has borne some development costs, so we have reached a gentleman’s agreement that we will not develop a different game for Microsoft. “

According to Eric Iwasaki, former art and technology director of naughty dog, Sony invested in Jack and Darst, saying: “although I didn’t know much about the game at first. Seriously, how many developers have launched successful games as planned for four consecutive years? This success also enables us to develop an original IP. “

Jack and Darst went on sale in 2001. Neil druckmann, the current co president of naughty dog, joined naughty dog as an intern of Jack and Darst 3 in 2004.