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Naughty Dog says an Uncharted game without Nathan Drake is "Hard to Imagine"

Popular dev says Uncharted 5 is possible but "hard to imagine" without Drake

The Uncharted games are the equivalent of summer action movies. They've got explosions, humor, action, shooting, and likable characters. Every time one of these games releases, it's hard not to have a controller in one hand and a bag of popcorn in the other. 

Uncharted 4: A Thieves End will mark the final chapter for the series' hero, Nathan Drake. How his story wraps up is currently unknown, and with the game due out March 2016, developer Naughty Dog says a fifth Uncharted seems slim.

At their core, the Uncharted games are about exploring the world for treasure, so, in theory it could be carried on by another main character. However, Naughty Dog says that's "hard to imagine". Uncharted 4's writer Josh Scherr told PlayStation Universe

"I think one thing that's been great about this series is that we have created this...I hate to use the word universe because Marvel's been overusing it, but we've created this world where ancient civilizations remain undiscovered and lots of charismatic and unscrupulous treasure hunters exist to go and pursue these. I suppose you could tell a story in that world without Nathan Drake, but it's...in some ways it's a little bit hard to imagine."

Just this year, the Transporter franchises tried to reboot themselves with Transporter Refueled. The former star of the series, Jason Statham was nowhere to be found and Refueled floundered. Although it was a movie, and the same might not happen with a game series, with someone as loved as Nathan Drake, it's probably a good idea to end the series on a high note. 

Published Sep. 23rd 2015
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Actually, it really isn't all that hard seeing as Nathan never develops as a character and is a stock archetype. Uncharted isn't so much a specific universe as it is a string of stories. There aren't any details about the setting that differentiate it from any other action adventure story either. Indiana Jones, Uncharted, and The Mummy could all happen in the same universe and it wouldn't even have any major canon errors.

    Seriously, can we stop pretending that Nathan Drake is some kind of epic hero? He's a high-functioning sociopath with a lust for gold and violence. The fans might be dubious of a game without Nolan North in the lead role, but that's the only concern they would have if, say, Elena, Sully, Chloe, or Cutter become the lead protagonist.

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