Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is getting closer to release, bringing with it the potential end of the Uncharted franchise.
Of course, given the fact that Nathan Drake and his treasure hunting cohorts are a big fast cash cow for Sony, it’s hard to imagine that we really are at the end of the line.
In a recent interview with Game Informer, Naughty Dog weighed in on the idea of further Uncharted games, and whether or not the series can be successful without Drake himself.
Firstly, the studio reiterated that Drake’s story is done and dusted, and that opening it up again after the ending of Uncharted 4 would be a ‘disservice’.
However, given that The Lost Legacy is set to focus on secondary characters Chloe and Nadine, one might infer that Naughty Dog is testing the waters for further Drake-less adventures.
Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells said:
I would say that Naughty Dog doing an Uncharted after this is unlikely. I would never say never, but we’ve got The Last of Us Part II on our plates and there’s so much other stuff that [we want to explore]. It’d be hard. If we magically had that two-team, three-team studio, sure – it’d be great to keep doing it. We really love the franchise, but the studio has limited resources and lots of other ideas. I’d say the likelihood is low.
So the official word for now is that further Uncharted games seem ‘unlikely’. With that said, I fully suspect we’ll be seeing Uncharted 5 within the next five or six years – it’s just too valuable for Sony.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.