With the guys behind “The Last of Us” are now in charge, and that initial teaser trailer seemed quite dark, you could be forgiven for thinking Naughty Dog had plans to change the tone of its popular action/adventure game series “Uncharted” to something darker and grimmer than the previous outings.
However, Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells says that isn’t the case. Wells confirms the upcoming fourth and final game in the series, “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” will retain the light-hearted adventure (with elements of darkness) tone of the previous games rather than using the grim, serious tone of ‘Last’. Think more “The Last Crusade” rather than “Temple of Doom”:
“Uncharted is a completely different franchise, and appeals to its audience for completely different reasons. I don’t think The Last of Us marks a new direction in tone that all of our future games are going to take on. We’d alienate a lot of our Uncharted fans. We want to keep it a light-hearted romp. I think from a technical standpoint we’ve learned some things from The Last of Us that will feed into Uncharted – in fact, it strengthens our desire to keep them distinct.”
The talk comes as it has been confirmed that two more developers have left the company. “The Last of Us” and “Uncharted 3” lead designer Jacob Minkoff, and narrative design lead Taylor Kurosaki have both moved to Infinity Ward where they’re expected to work on that company’s next “Call of Duty” project.