Naughty Dog Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Celebration With A Commemorative Art Book, Teases Future Announcements

In “wow, how old are they?” news, studio Naughty Dog turned thirty this year. Almost every gamer is familiar with their Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, and Uncharted titles, but the studio had a full decade worth of experience under their belt before Crash spazzed his way onto the original PlayStation. Who could forget Rings of Power, Keef the Thief, or, my personal favorite, Math Jam? That last title was first published way back when Naughty Dog was still Jam Software, and to this day remains the most depressing kind of jam you can possibly have.

So how is Naughty Dog kicking off their 30th birthday celebration? DLC for one of their newer titles? An announcement for a brand new IP for the current generation of gaming systems? An HD remake of Math Jam featuring motion controls and two as of yet undiscovered numbers? While we will most likely be waiting at least slevinty more years for that HD remake, their first announcement is admittedly pretty cool. Announced over at the PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog confirmed the first surprise in what looks to be a busy year for the company.

One of the hallmarks of Naughty Dog has always been our top-notch artistic quality and talent. We’re paying tribute to that this year as we’re teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to release The Art of Naughty Dog.

This looks to be an incredibly comprehensive book, promising a thorough look at Naughty Dog’s past, present, and future. A lot of the art has not been released in the past, giving a new look into some of Naughty Dog’s classic games. And the book will also feature some select fan art that has been sent in, although I’m assuming the crayon drawing I did of Crash Bandicoot when I was seven might not make the cut. Naughty Dog has always been known for their beautiful visuals, and fans of their games are undoubtedly eager to take a closer look at some of the art from Naughty Dog. There will be a book launch event later this year, and they promise more details once the content has been finalized.
Perhaps even more enticing, however, is that Naughty Dog concluded their post by promising several other anniversary announcements to come in the following months. No further details were divulged yet, but perhaps we will get a new game after all. Math Jam HD, anyone?