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Happy Holidays from Naughty Dog

Eric Monacelli's Avatar + Posted by Eric Monacelli on Dec 25, 2011 // Community Strategist, Naughty Dog

Before 2012 rushes upon us we wanted to take a moment to say Happy Holidays from everyone here at the Naughty Dog kennel!

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As you can see from our holiday card we’ve welcomed Joel and Ellie from The Last of Us into our cast of characters to play among with Drake, Sully, Elena, Chloe, and our UNCHARTED personalities. The year has brought about tremendous change as Naughty Dog has grown into a two team studio for the first time in our 25 year history. This shift is terrifically exciting as it signals an expanded talent pool in which we can share ideas, know-how, and techniques. As future projects evolve, we will continue to strive to maintain our high Naughty Dog standards and always endeavor to do whatever it takes to raise the bar for gaming.

2011 was a grand adventure as we shipped Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception in November to widespread critical acclaim. We are grateful of all the recognition we’ve received for the title, ramping up at E3, continuing throughout development and into post-launch with some pretty awesome accolades from numerous media sources. Currently we’re working on some fresh DLC for UNCHARTED 3 and we will be sharing complete details about what you’ll be getting and what’s in store for all members of the Fortune Hunters’ Club in the New Year. Be sure to check back on the PlayStation blog for details within the first few months of 2012.

The studio also has been teaming with high fives and buzzing with energy via the hype caused by the announcement of The Last of Us at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, be sure to check it out as every frame hints at the kind of gameplay features and atmosphere you can expect to see in the full game:

Apart from all the activities around our big new game reveal, some of the Dogs have been on well-deserved breaks for the past couple of weeks, either taking some personal time off or spending time with the friends and families who we didn’t see much of during the development of UNCHARTED 3.

Co-President Christophe Balestra is currently taking his first vacation in 10 years (!) while Co-President Evan Wells is heading up to Portland to spend time with family. Amy Hennig, Creative Director on UNCHARTED 3, is spending time with family as well. Bruce Straley, Game Director of The Last of Us, intends to catch up on Shadow of the Colossus, Skyrim, and Rage over the holiday break. Neil Druckmann, Creative Director on The Last of Us, has similar intentions as he’s looking forward to playing Skyrim and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Justin Richmond, Game Director on UNCHARTED 3, plans to play Skyrim, hang out with family and make a special trip to an awesome Pirate-themed restaurant. So if pirates crop up in the brand new UNCHARTED 3 DLC that’s coming out down the road, maybe we can all point at Justin’s pirate-themed restaurant visit as the wellspring for that content…or maybe not.

Over the holidays Arne Meyer will be trying to make a dent his gaming backlog. Me? I’ll be hanging with family, making homemade pasta, and will be consumed with trying to sneak away to watch recently released movies like Hugo, Sherlock Holmes 2, and Moneyball.

So what are your plans for the holidays?

All told the most important and critical part of our year is seeing, learning, and hearing how you are experiencing our games. Your responses and reactions are what keep us going and we can’t express how much your support helps to make our year fun and our work enjoyable. Thank you. We hope you feel our games do the same for you and your year.

Happy Holidays!

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+ Blade133 on December 25th, 2011 at 9:47 am said:

Congrats on another successful year! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2012. Enjoy the time off with your family/friends/PS3′s!


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+ ILOVEPLASTATION3 on December 25th, 2011 at 9:50 am said:

Happy Holidays Sony and Naughty Dog! =)


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+ VikingofValhalla on December 25th, 2011 at 9:52 am said:

Happy Holidays to everyone at Sony, Naughty Dog, PS Blog, and all those who visit this site!


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+ DoTheKiller91 on December 25th, 2011 at 9:54 am said:

haha! I got Uncharted 3 for christmas! :D


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    + Eric Monacelli on December 25th, 2011 at 10:20 am said:

    Awesome! Enjoy!


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+ Tyfighter80 on December 25th, 2011 at 9:54 am said:

Have a great vacation, you guys deserve it.

I can’t wait to see more on The Last of Us. My jaw dropped when the trailer started and I saw a Naughty Dog logo!


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    + Eric Monacelli on December 25th, 2011 at 10:21 am said:

    That’s fantastic. We can’t wait to show you more :)


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+ Dosx001 on December 25th, 2011 at 9:58 am said:

Got to show some to other 1st party developers no Sony? They did a great too like Sucker Punch or MM n many more.


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+ MadMeat001 on December 25th, 2011 at 10:04 am said:

I hope we are soon going to see some gameplay about Last Of Us, hope this ain’t too similar with Uncharted but just with different setting. hope this game be scary :D
also, the other team should make a new jak and daxter :3


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+ mountain_duwe on December 25th, 2011 at 10:05 am said:

I found Uncharted 3 under my tree today! Can’t wait to play it


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    + Eric Monacelli on December 25th, 2011 at 10:21 am said:

    Awesome! Hope you’ll find some time to play it and enjoy!


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+ MadMeat001 on December 25th, 2011 at 10:13 am said:

I WANT ZELDA SKYWARD SWORD :O


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+ iBOCK_ on December 25th, 2011 at 10:25 am said:

Happy holidays, guys! I hope everything’s well for you all today :)


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+ Brain723 on December 25th, 2011 at 10:32 am said:

Happy holidays dogs. I hope 2012 brings the studio as much success as you guys have experienced in the last few years–you deserve it. BTW, just like everyone else, I can’t wait for more on The Last Of Us.


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+ Zilas on December 25th, 2011 at 10:33 am said:

Merry Christmas!!!
To Naughty Dog, Sony and all you Gamers!
Hope everyone has a great Christmas and a happy New Year ^_^


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+ jerk_man on December 25th, 2011 at 10:52 am said:

i think it’s ok to say Merry Christmas on Christmas day. jus sayin. Any ways, Merry Christmas to all.


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    + Eric Monacelli on December 25th, 2011 at 10:53 am said:

    Merry Christmas AND Happy Holidays!


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+ Butters360 on December 25th, 2011 at 10:53 am said:

Happy Holidays Naughty Dog! May 2012 and The Last of Us bring you much success! Thank you for your contributions to the gaming industry! UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception marathon for the Holidays \m/ \m/


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+ shadysaiyanz on December 25th, 2011 at 11:00 am said:

Nice card up there, It’s now my new wallpaper. Happy Holidays, i hope that U3 DLC comes fast and isn’t just old stuff and/or we can get more unlockable clothing on all the skins because one unlock per character was a huge disappointment for me when i first got online, its not exactly customization if it’s just one thing. DLC character skins with additional things as well and not just color changes too. Thanks for the great game ND! hopefully on the next Uncharted, if there is one, the multiplayer visual quality wont suffer so much like from 2-3…sorry, didn’t mean to start ranting haha.


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+ beetlegossip on December 25th, 2011 at 11:03 am said:

That was the best Teaser Trailer I have ever seen. I almost thought this was a new movie that was going to be released! (I wish it were). Anyways, I can’t wait to see this game on the shelves!

(One question, is this a free roam game?)


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+ jeffsmither on December 25th, 2011 at 11:06 am said:

What is In that bear’s mouth?


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    + Eric Monacelli on December 25th, 2011 at 4:22 pm said:

    It’s the Cipher Disc from Uncharted 3 :)


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+ carlosavjr on December 25th, 2011 at 11:16 am said:

Someone can help me. I bought the assassin creed II bundle in the holiday promotion, but I cant download it from ps store. Instead, it is only downloable from my download list. What is wrong?


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+ JH-FallenReaper on December 25th, 2011 at 11:22 am said:

man,i got nothing again from no one only my grandma gave me something but then again im used to it since i get nothing every year:( oh well still got my copy of killzone that game is perfection !


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+ Link01 on December 25th, 2011 at 11:24 am said:

My cousin and I were wondering why you guys aren’t throwing any events for the holidays. Where’s the double XP or Donut Drake with a Santa hat? We were psyched for the holiday time.


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    + Eric Monacelli on December 25th, 2011 at 4:22 pm said:

    We’re going to plan some Gaming with the Dogs events in the New Year. Dogs are resting a bit this year.


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+ coconutshinobi on December 25th, 2011 at 11:30 am said:

Are they playing xbox 360 lol


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+ Boxster17 on December 25th, 2011 at 12:10 pm said:

@17 – I think it’s the coin that you see in the original Drake’s Fortune during the loading screens (a Spanish medallion I believe)?

Happy Holidays to everyone at Naughty Dog, keep producing those great games and we’ll keep playing them! Enjoy the time off with your families, it’s well deserved. Looking forward to the release of The Last of Us…can’t wait!


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+ xCh0z3n-0n3x on December 25th, 2011 at 12:19 pm said:

Merry Christmas!! love that picture!!!


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+ Hinatalover85 on December 25th, 2011 at 12:51 pm said:

Merry Christmas My Friends I Love all My Playstation Brothers & Sisters.And Naughty dog uncharted 3 Is So Epic!!!! Nicely done and to all my playstation brothers & sisters. Help Keep The Greastest Gaming Company on the Planet Strong.All Hail Playstation!!!!!!!! Long Live Play!!!!!!


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+ Hinatalover85 on December 25th, 2011 at 12:54 pm said:

PS3 Best Game System Ever!!!!!


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+ moneyman1852 on December 25th, 2011 at 1:00 pm said:

Merry Christmas to all PlayStation fans, producers, and bloggers. I hope you all have another wonderful year and continue to receive gifts down the Christmas tree.

Believe it or not, i got:

Modern Warfare 3
Battlefield 3
Resistance 3
NHL 12

Good combination of these games.
Once again Merry Christmas


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+ DaNTi3L on December 25th, 2011 at 1:01 pm said:

merry christmas to everybody


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+ Arcadian_Rebel on December 25th, 2011 at 1:02 pm said:

It’s Christmas… Merry CHRISTmas everyone!


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+ Kchow23 on December 25th, 2011 at 1:05 pm said:

Merry Christmas! Thanks for all the great work and amazing games.. can’t wait to see more about the Last of Us and other games you guys may have in store for us!


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+ MrCl1nt on December 25th, 2011 at 1:06 pm said:

I wish a merry chistmas and a happy new year to the entire Naughty Dog team! You guys are one of my favorite studio, and Uncharted 3 was a tremendous experience. I hope that one day I can work as a game developer at such a team.


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+ roquefort96 on December 25th, 2011 at 1:08 pm said:

Happy christmas to everybody!!! And to everyone, uncharted 3 is blast! Great game and so hard when you play it on crushing and cant wait until The last of us!!!


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+ Kchow23 on December 25th, 2011 at 1:16 pm said:

P.S I love the Last of Us Dynamic and Static Themes, but they don’t appear to support 1080p.


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+ Zeronox on December 25th, 2011 at 1:18 pm said:

Happy Holidays Naughty Dog. I thank you, Uncharted, Crash Bandicoot before Activision bought them, and now Last of Us.


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+ Permafry_42 on December 25th, 2011 at 1:19 pm said:

Where’s Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter? How can Naughty Dog forget about 2 of the most incredible and enjoyable video games in history that they made??


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+ bigz512 on December 25th, 2011 at 1:28 pm said:

Happy holidays, Naughty Dog. I’m calling it right now, though: Last of us is gonna be GOTY. just sayin.


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+ Tremulan777 on December 25th, 2011 at 1:38 pm said:

Merry Christmas everybody!!! thanks for delivering such great experience with uncharted 3, the game is awesome. I’ll be looking forward for another great game the last of us. I always love the graphics of your games, they’re mind-blowing…. NO other video game is like yours keep up the good work


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+ Link01 on December 25th, 2011 at 1:44 pm said:

Happy Hanukah everybody!


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+ Link01 on December 25th, 2011 at 1:44 pm said:

Or, Merry ChristmaKwanzicha


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+ spocar on December 25th, 2011 at 1:46 pm said:

MERRY CHRISTMAS GUYS, you deserve it after doing some great games :D. Don’t forget to have fun.


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+ Xen_Chaotik on December 25th, 2011 at 1:54 pm said:

Happy Holidays to everyone at sony and naughty dog! :)


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+ T1mFAMOUS on December 25th, 2011 at 1:59 pm said:

Happy Holidays to all, and to Eric Monacelli I appreciate you taking the time to bring this to us today but…
… get some well deserved holiday cheer and fun in with the people who have always been there for you.

What did my family get for Christmas?
A very sweet pillow for my back that has a built in massager
Another Playstation 3 controller
Batman: Arkham City
And some other “things” that I won’t mention since this is the “Playstation Blog”.

I love everything that my Playstation brings me, and that includes Uncharted and it’s developers.


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+ Neurochild on December 25th, 2011 at 2:03 pm said:

Awesome! I totally love that card, Erid.

Can’t wait for The Last of Us! I hope I can finish the Uncharted 3 campaign before year’s end.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2012.


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+ Colon_Commando on December 25th, 2011 at 2:11 pm said:

Welcome, Joel and Ellie, take a break off from those creatures and celebrate the holidays!


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+ Somnacin7 on December 25th, 2011 at 2:36 pm said:

So… Is Ellie based off of Ellen Page?


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    + Eric Monacelli on December 25th, 2011 at 4:24 pm said:

    Ellie is a sum design of many different references.


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+ fullblock on December 25th, 2011 at 2:38 pm said:

Naught yDog has the best games iv played from crash to drake its all good and i hope the last of us is as good as it looks (^_^)


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+ DevanGelic on December 25th, 2011 at 3:19 pm said:

@ 18, re: Assassin’s Creed II Bundle. I was confused as well, until I compared the descriptions. The AC2 Deluxe Edition in the Full Game category, is the “Assassin’s Creed II” game with the DLC for Sequence 12 and 13 already fully integrated in one package. What is included in the Bundle, seems to be different. It seems to include the Assassin’s Creed II Trial (which becomes full version when purchased at same time) as well as the DLC as addon packs. Sequence 12 along with an alternate Sequence 13. This Sequence 13 includes “Secret Locations”. Whereas the Sequence 13 included in the Full Game category, doe not include the “Secret Locations”.

So, technically you’ll not get a red or blue bag on the PS Store when viewing the AC2 Deluxe Edition Full Game, because they are different installs so we are able to have these Secret Locations in the Full Bundle. But you do have the full game, just broken into game and add-on content.


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+ BlindMango on December 25th, 2011 at 3:26 pm said:

Oh, since we’re being politically correct…

Happy Late Year Winter Solstice!

Seriously? What does Sony and all related studio have against the word “Christmas”???


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    + Eric Monacelli on December 25th, 2011 at 4:25 pm said:

    Nothing at all! There’s just a lot of holidays out there right now. Merry Christmas for sure too! :)


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+ DevanGelic on December 25th, 2011 at 3:31 pm said:

Oh, and regardless of whether Ellie is based on or not, Ellen Page. The game looks great. Kinda like space spores or mankind fiddled with fungus’ genetic mutations and let loose killer fungi (sings* Attack! Of the Killer Fungi) that effects the brain etc.

In the end though, I’m going to keep on thinking of Ellie as Ellen Page just because I’m Can(eh)dian, and so is she, and even though that’s where my knowledge of her as a person starts and stops, I’d rather go on believing that a Canadian will be among The Last of Us, when mankind’s downfall begins it’s spiral into aftermath, and Ellen Page in a post Apocalyptic situation (Canadian wise) is more believable than say Jim Carrey, Brian Addams, Justin Beiber, Celine Dion Alanis Moressett or heck, even Billy Shatner.


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+ BlackRedAsianJew on December 25th, 2011 at 3:52 pm said:

I got Uncharted 3 for Christmas as well. It’s really fun! I’m on Chapter 12 so far, and I haven’t played any multiplayer or co-op. Happy Holidays everyone!


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+ erick_34 on December 25th, 2011 at 4:07 pm said:

This year = Killzone 3 Platinum Trophy, Socom 4: U.S. Navy Seals Platinum Trophy, Sly 1 Platinum Trophy, LittleBigPlanet 2 Platinum Trophy and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Platinum Trophy.

I got Today The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Toys R Us Gift Card and Batman: Arkham City.

Merry Christmas to everyone. ^_^


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