Gavin and Rubin produced a sequence of progressively more successful games, including Rings of Power for the Sega Genesis and Way of the Warrior for the 3DO. The latter was created with low-budget but still plausible offering prompted Universal Interactive Studios to sign the duo to a three-title deal and fund the expansion of the company. Mark Cerny, who had produced Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Sega, convinced Naughty Dog to focus its new resources on creating a character-based platform game that would fully exploit the 3D capabilities of the new systems.
Ultimately, this led to the release of Crash Bandicoot for the PlayStation on August 31, 1996. Naughty Dog developed three Crash Bandicoot sequels over the next several years. In January 2001, it was announced Sony would acquire Naughty Dog.
In 2004, Naughty Dog's studio president and co-founder, Jason Rubin, left the company to work on a new project named Iron and the Maiden.
In addition to their inhouse game team, Naughty Dog is home to the ICE Team, one of Sony's World Wide Studios central technology groups.
Moving away from the Apple II series, in the early 1990s, Naughty Dog began writing software for game consoles such as the Sega Genesis and 3DO, and by the mid 90s, migrated to the PlayStation, which is where the company gained its widest recognition and fame.
Both series have strikingly similar details in common with one another: they each focus on two main protagonists (one more athletically-able with the other acting as a sidekick), they each have a generous sense of humor as well as adventurous story and they each take place in large and lively fantasy worlds. The similarities even run on a technical level, as Insomniac's Ratchet and Clank series even uses some pieces of code used in Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter games (the engines though, are different, and written in different programming languages). The close relationship between the developers has led them both to add in-jokes and references to each other in many of their games.
With the release of the PlayStation 3, both developers seemed to be changing focus aesthetically from character-based platformers to more realistic, mature-themed action games with Naughty Dog's action game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Insomniac's sci-fi first-person shooter Resistance: Fall of Man.
Both Naughty Dog and Insomniac have stated that they don't have plans for making a game together, even though, with Vivendi Games holding the publishing rights to both the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon characters, there have been a pair of crossover games released between the two. Neither Naughty Dog nor Insomniac had any creative input or involvement whatsoever with these games.Ready at Dawn, with various former members of Blizzard Entertainment. Their first project was Daxter for the PlayStation Portable.
Uncharted 2 || TBA