With Nathan Drake’s last treasure hunting outing coming up, Naughty Dog has said that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End could compare to the same amount of stature as The Last of Us did with its storytelling. Does this mean that our hero will be having a much more deeper and emotional ending than past series installments?
On the latest episode of Conversations with Creators with Wil Wheaton, Naughty Dog reveals all behind their thoughts on previous and past projects along with their plans for Uncharted 4. After having to push back Uncharted 4 until 2016, Naughty Dog has been operating with a vast amount of pressure on their shoulders to turn out another expected smash hit. Not only does the community put this pressure on the studio, but they put it onto themselves, bringing a huge gaming experience to life is no small ordeal and sometimes we as gamers forget that. We don’t realize the amount of work that goes into bringing a game to life, but Naughty Dog thinks about it every time they start operations on a new or old IP.
They are always thinking about story, gameplay, mechanics, graphics and replay ability amongst a million other ingredients that go into a game. The team behind the widespread hit The Last of Us has even gone on to confess that while making the game they thought they were about to demolish Naughty Dog’s reputation with it. Thankfully, they were wrong and instead made their clout even bigger than it already was. While talking about moving off from The Last of Us and heading over to Uncharted 4, the Naughty Dog team spoke about how it was hard to make sure that they brought the intimacy from the characters of The Last of Us while keeping the excitement from the action/adventure tropes that the Uncharted series is known for. The team of creators at Naughty Dog are also sharing in that trouble of coming off The Last of Us and evolving in their creative skills after figuring out how The Last of Us worked and wanting to integrate those skills and knowledge into their next game.
Naughty Dog has stated that the next move for Uncharted 4 is to find the humanity behind these iconic characters. Nathan Drake is an obsessive treasure hunter and usually the story is pulpy, witty and lighthearted, but now they are looking to delve into the coast of going on these adventures and the sacrifices that will have to be made. The team wants to make these characters feel like they are integrated into a form of reality while still having the grand set pieces that Uncharted is known for. A mixture between thriving characters that players can not only relate to but feel for as they play through the game and witness their relationships grow in ways we have not yet seen from these characters before is going to make saying goodbye to the franchise that much harder.
Let’s hope the same can be said for both The Last of Us and Uncharted’s theatrical versions of themselves, although The Last of Us has more hope than Uncharted ever will based solely off the fact that Neil Druckmann will be overseeing the story end of production while having close ties to the overall production of the project. Uncharted on the other hand has no one to make sure it turns out to be what fans of the series want with it resting in the hands of Sony pictures executives that know nothing of the game or its characters.
Regardless, the news of how Naughty Dog is approaching Uncharted 4’s characters relationships could not be any more exciting. The extended gameplay demo had only given us a small taste of the deep rooted emotional adventure that awaits us in 2016, but after the gathering of the creative minds behind Naughty Dog, we have been given a deeper insight into their vision for what’s to come for Nathan Drake in his last installment.