'Uncharted 4' Director Would Love To See A New Uncharted With Nathan Drake
Before we get into this, I just want to make it clear to you lovely folk that this article will be discussing the end of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. I'm aware the game is a few years old at this point, but if you've any intention of diving into the Uncharted series one day and don't want to be spoiled, please don't read on.
Okay, now we've cleared that up, let's continue. I'm sure we can all agree that Uncharted 4 offered a pretty perfect ending for our favourite treasure hunter Nathan Drake. The game's epilogue shows him settled into a blissful family life with Elena - the two even have a young daughter called Cassie who seems to have inherited her parent's appetite for adventure.
All in all, it was a pretty lovely note to end the series on, but Bruce Straley (who directed Uncharted 4 " and left Naughty Dog in 2017) thinks that there are still plenty of opportunities for Uncharted to continue - either with Nathan Drake back in the saddle or a new character taking the reigns.
"I would love to play another Nathan Drake game, or even another game in that world with other characters," Straley told GamesRadar.
"I think that has a ton of potential still. But I want to see it done in a way that is mindful of the original concepts that we pushed for in Uncharted 2; keeping everything core, everything on the stick, all the set pieces playable, and so on. I'd also keep pushing Uncharted into the realm of player choice, and keep seeing how that affects the adventure."
The idea of incorporating more player choice into Uncharted - which is traditionally a pretty linear franchise - is certainly an interesting one. To illustrate his point, Straley mentioned Uncharted 4's Madagascar level, which is set in a wide open space and offers players a certain freedom to explore the area at their own pace.
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"To play an adventure with those characters and have real freedom - and I'm not talking about open world, per se, either," he explained.
"I think [Uncharted 4's] Madagascar is a good talking point to start a conversation. To combine Madagascar's level design with [Uncharted 2's] set pieces, and then adding open choices onto that. The industry still needs well drawn characters and good stories that don't take themselves seriously, like a lot of games tend to now in the triple-A space."
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, the spinoff starring Chloe and Nadine, certainly proved that the Uncharted franchise could work without Nathan Drake, and even built on the idea of the larger, more open levels that Straley introduced in Uncharted 4.
Regardless, people adore Nathan Drake for a reason - he's very much the beating heart of the entire franchise, thanks in no small part to Nolan North's wonderful performance. If an Uncharted 5 were to happen, I certainly wouldn't be against Nathan and Cassie embarking on an epic father/daughter adventure.
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