Naughty Dog has started pushing out these developer videos in anticipation of the game’s looming release. The first of them looked at the Infected and how the virus works. This second video (above) examines how the development team has contrasted a broken wasteland with some beautiful scenes of nature reclaiming the city.
This juxtaposition of a fallen civilisation and a resurgent natural world is a very interesting visual style that should afford players plenty of opportunity to explore the world and pick up on some of the links back to the way this world used to be. The idea of a familiar world with one major component being radically different can be quite unsettling and Naughty Dog’s environment artists are some of the best in the business so there’s huge potential here.