Lgndary Thoughts - What's Next for Naughty Dog

Before we get into the Thought, I wanted to give a quick update on this morning. At around 4AM ET my internet went out. I called my ISP and after a few tests, they told me that there was no outage in my area and that they would need to send a technician to my place to fix it. With the earliest spot available being 4PM, I was pretty pissed. But they assured me that there was nothing they could do since it was a hardware issue. But I didn't give up. From the time my internet went out, to 2PM I called my ISP 4 times to see if anything could be done. But every single person I talked to stated over and over that there was no outage, and thus it was a hardware problem. 

And then, at around 3PM, my internet starts magically working again. And then I get an automated call telling me that the outage is over. Furious, I call my ISP again to see what was going on, and why I was told by four different people that nothing could be done until a technician arrived at my place. They dug and dug, and went through two different systems to find out that there actually was an outage, but it had never been logged into their system. 

I wanted to give everyone a small idea of what has been going on over here, but I still take full responsibility for my internet not working, and I am looking into my options to make sure it doesn't happen for that long again. Luckily, I was able to post what I could from my phone without going over my data limit, and then caught up when my service came back on. Hopefully, not too many of you noticed the dip. Thank you again for your understanding. Now onto the actual Thought!

Naughty Dog recently revealed that they are experimenting with new worlds and genres for their next game. This has gotten me very excited as I am not the biggest fan of most of their recent titles. Knowing that they are at least considering trying something new, let's discuss what we would like to see them do next. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

If it were up to me, I would have Naughty Dog make a new Jak and Daxter. It would have to be a direct sequel or even star the same characters. But I would love it if they made a new game in that world. While I am not a fan of the Uncharted series, I do admit that they are very visually impressive. So it would be awesome to see what they could do with a Jak title using all of the new developing techniques that they have learned over the past ten or so years. 

But even if they decide not to revisit Jak and Daxter, I would at least want them to make a game that gives off the same vibe. What I mean is something that, while having the potential to be serious at times, is mostly light hearted and fun. Their past two IPs are both visually realistic and gritty. In my opinion, at least, those two qualities do not provide much of a challenge when making a popular game, as people eat that stuff up. But what would be really impressive is if they made a colorful,   jolly title that is great for completely different reasons than anything else they have ever done. 

To be honest, I am not going to get my hopes up. While many developers have been trying new things this generation, or at least attempting to do things a little differently, Naughty Dog has been firm in their comfort zone. So I fully expect their next game to be very similar in visual style, and maybe even gameplay, to Uncharted or The Last of Us.

Now it is your turn! What are you hoping from Naughty Dog next? Do you want them to continue the same sort of games they have been making for years, or would you like to see them brach out and try something new? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

Destiny - Xur's Inventory for this week

Xur is located in the Reef this week, with the following items in stock:

  • Legacy engram [Leg armor] – 29SC
  • The Glasshouse [Exotic Titan helmet] – 13SC
  • Sealed Ahamkara Grasps [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC
  • The Impossible Machines [Exotic Warlock gauntlets] – 13SC
  • Bad Juju [Exotic fusion pulse rifle] – 23SC
  • Three of Coins – 7SC
  • MIDA Multi-Tool and Special Ops [weapon bundle] – 30SC, 25 Silver Dust
  • Zhalo Supercell and Not a Toy [weapon bundle] – 30SC, 25 Silver Dust

A look at Chun-Li's new Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite face

Left side is the updated model

To the relief of many, Capcom has finally updated Chun-Li's face in Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. You can see her updated model on the left, and while it is certainly an improvement, I still feel that something is missing. But at least she won't be unbearable to look at anymore!

Square Enix Confirms Life is Strange: Before the Storm Platinum won't be locked behind DLC

Square Enix has, thankfully, clarified that Life is Strange: Before the Storm will not require the purchase of any DLC for players to obtain the platinum trophy. 

Here is the statement they released:

This was a mistake on our side and not our intention to gate the platinum trophy via the optional Bonus Episode in the deluxe SKU. We've already started speaking to the first about rectifying this.

I could not be more relieved from this news. Locking platinum trophies behind DLC would be a new low for gaming, and I am incredibly happy this isn't happening. At least not yet.

Star Wars: Battlefront II Ad Leaked

Watch it while you can!

Next week's Playstation releases

Here is everything launching on Playstation systems next week!

  • Bleed - PS4
  • The Book of Regrets - PS4
  • ChromaGun - PS4
  • Duck Game - PS4
  • The Escapists 2 - PS4
  • F1 2017 - PS4
  • Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy - PS4
  • Madden NFL 18 - PS4
  • Mages of Mystralia - PS4
  • Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm - PS4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 - PS4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst - PS4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy - PS4
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy - PS4
  • NeverEnd - PS Vita
  • One Pieve Unlimted World Red - PS4
  • Soul Dimension - PS VR
  • Spartan - PS4
  • Super Comboman: Smash Edition - PS4
  • SwapQuest - PS4
  • Thimbleweed Park - PS4
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PS4
  • Velocity 2X: Critical Mass Edition - PS4, PS Vita

Overwatch - Console reporting to be included in patch 1.14

We have known that console reporting has been in the works for Overwatch for a few weeks now, but today we have a better idea of when it will actually be implemented. Jeff Kaplan took to the official Overwatch forums to announce that players will have the ability to report when patch 1.14 goes live. Here is everything he had to say:

Reporting on console will be available when patch 1.14 goes live (the patch that has DM and TDM and is currently on the PTR for testing).

Thanks for being so patient with us.

Also, it's important to note the reporting system and punishments are very much an ongoing development for us. Improvements will continue over time. We are working on increased punishments for high frequency offenders, email notifications when your reports result in disciplinary action (we're experimenting with this right now and we'll expand this as we refine it) and eventually notifications in the game client when your report results in disciplinary action.