Uncharted 4 is “the end of an era” for Naughty Dog

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Uncharted, a game franchise which features Indiana Jones 2.0 running around the screen as if he had a massive case of the trots yet again, is coming to an end next year. Noses shall run and tears will be shed. And that’s just Naughty Dog that I’m talking about, as the studio comes to the end of a very significant era with Uncharted 4.

“We get more and more that feeling of this definitely [being] the end of an era for us as a studio,” game co-director Neil Druckmann said to Official PlayStation Magazine via GamesRadar.

We’ve been with this franchise for almost ten years now from inception all the way to this point. Luckily, we don’t get too much time to dwell on that feeling because we’re so busy, but every once in a while… you know? I remember when Bruce and I came onto the project.

A few weeks later we pitched a pretty new story to the team, kind of like a new direction for the project.

A lot of things were pretty rough and just slotted in, so there was an ending but it wasn’t as well defined, and at some point we defined more of the [plot] thread and a more definitive ending, and we did a second pitch for the team.

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That melancholic realisation even extended itself to the motion capture room, as eyes watered up more than my peepers did when I watched Shawn Michaels retire Ric Flair with Sweet Chin Music at Wrestlemania 24. Dammit, it was real to me!

“You could tell people in the room were just getting emotional as we were discussing the specifics of how this series is going to end,” Druckmann said.

That was one of those moments where you felt the excitement and anticipation for our fans to experience this, but a little bit of sadness because it’s ending.

The other day we finished motion capture with Emily Rose (Elena) and Richard McGonagle (Sully), and some people got teary-eyed in the room because they’ve been part of this project for many, many years now and it’s wrapping up.

Uncharted has pretty much defined Naughty Dog over the last decade. Sure, they’ve had other games between Uncharted sequels, but it’s the Nathan Drake series that has defined them this generation, proving that they’re more than just a Jak and Daxter studio.

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Last Updated: October 19, 2015

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