Just as “Halo” is synonymous with Xbox, “Uncharted” is the same with PlayStation. Naughty Dog’s first video game in the series launched with the PS3 in 2006 and was a critical and commercial hit for the platform.
That lead to 2009’s “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves” which, with a 96/100 on Metacritic, remains the best reviewed PS3 game of all time aside from the last two “Grand Theft Auto” entries. 2011’s “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception” also fared strongly with a 92/100.
Now though, with the launch of the PlayStation 4, the adventures of fortune hunter Nathan Drake may be coming to an end with next year’s PS4-exclusive “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” potentially being the final outing for the series.
Nolan North, the voice actor behind Nathan Drake in the games, tells IGN that as far as he’s aware the upcoming fourth game will be the last title that Naughty Dog want to do in the series:
“It’s bittersweet but at a certain point you want to go out on top. If this is the last one indeed, and I believe it’s the last one – nothing’s confirmed, but I believe it’s the last one Naughty Dog wants to do, in which case I hope somebody else doesn’t pick up the mantle because they’ve done it so well for so long – but yeah, it’s one of those things where you just have to cross that bridge when you get to it. I like the idea of going out on top so we better do a hell of a job with this one… and it’s already looking pretty good.”
The high profile staff turnover at Naughty Dog in recent months has seen some of the key driving forces behind the “Uncharted” series leaving the company, most notably writer Amy Hennig and game director Justin Richmond. The new entry has been left in the hands of “The Last of Us” directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley.
Naughty Dog has not yet commented on whether there are plans to produce a remastered box set of the PS3 “Uncharted” trilogy ahead of the “Uncharted 4” release next Fall. The company will no doubt be watching the sales of both their own “The Last of Us: Remastered” and Microsoft’s “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” this year to see if such a project would be worth pursuing.