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Naughty Dog Could Be Working on a Fantasy-Themed Game According to Discovered Concept Art

Naughty Dog senior concept artist, Hyoung Nam, has shared some interesting fantasy concept pieces on Artstation.

January 20, 2021

Ever since the impact of The Last of Part 2, fans of the studio have continuously been wondering what’s the next game from Naughty Dog? Whether it’s a completely new IP or a continuation of a title, the mystery that veils their next adventure is something Naughty Dog holds close to their hearts. It doesn’t help to clear up matters when Neil Druckmann teases on Twitter that The Last of Us Part 2 developer is ‘making something very cool’ for its next project and leaving it at that. But according to a senior concept artist at Naughty Dog, we could have a hint at their next game if their fantasy-themed artwork is anything to go by.

Towards the end of last year, senior concept artist, Hyoung Nam, shared some of their art pieces to their personal Artstation account which showcased a woman leaning on a sword while nestled on top of a gigantic Dragon’s head and going by the blood on her sword, it looks like she killed the beast herself. Also included in Nam’s artwork are two other women, one with hypnotic eyes and the other in a shaman-like outfit with a ram’s skull on her head whilst holding a staff that looks to be a human skull sitting on top. It’s all beautifully well done and intriguing, to say the least.

Nam added into the description of the three women that reads “Inspire from new game. You know what I’m talking about…”, with a little winky emoji.  The three pieces all fall under the title “The Women of North” so it seems Nam might be giving us a clue here on what Naughty Dog’s next title could be and it seems like they could possibly be going down the fantasy genre which is certainly a very new idea for the studio if this is the case.

Of course, who knows for sure and things change all the time in the game development world. But just looking at this concept art from Naughty Dog’s senior concept artist is really exciting. I would personally love to see the studio go down this route and open themselves up to something totally different but as always, we will just have to wait and see. To check out Nam’s Artstation for yourself, make sure to head over right here and be blown away with his sheer amount of artistic talent.

To check out what are some of Naughty Dog’s favorite games they played throughout 2020, you can head right here to see who loved Demon’s Souls or Ghost of Tsushima most. For those who haven’t dove head-on into the franchise yet and would like to know more about this iconic game, our editor-in-chief put together a guide of everything you need to know about The Last of UsThe Last of Us Part 2 is available now exclusively on PS4 (and soon to be PS5). The game was one of DualShockers’ favorites of 2020; make sure to check out the official DualShockers (generally spoiler-free) review. Also, feel free to grab the game physically on Amazon to help support the site.

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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael (She/Her), who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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