The first Uncharted debuted in 2007 and since then, the franchise has blossomed into one of the biggest gaming has seen over the last decade. We are now a handful of weeks away from the final Uncharted game, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and reality is starting to set in for the fine developers at Naughty Dog.
Uncharted 4 has been under development for PS4 for quite sometime now, but the journey is nearly over. When you’ve helped create a world for nearly a decade and have to say goodbye to it, emotion is always at the forefront of a person’s mind, and the top folks at Naughty Dog are no different.
“The fans’ reaction, sometimes even when it’s negative, is one of the best perks of the job in that you are able to reach other people and you get to see how much they care…That inspired them in the way movies, games and comics have inspired me and the people I work with. To know that someday, someone is going to be way better at this and somehow I got them on that path. I feel overwhelming gratitude that I get to do this, this is my job,” Uncharted 4 Creative Director Neil Druckmann said.
Uncharted has pioneered a style within a genre that has done so much, and it is the trail-blazing of Uncharted that has led to franchises like Tomb Raider finding a better way. By the time Uncharted 4 arrives, it’ll have been nearly a decade since the series saw its first iteration.
Gamers can be some of the most passionate group of fans out there, and many decide to send in personal tokens to the development team just to show their gratitude for a game. Another director at Naughty Dog spoke about those experiences as well as a final sequence gamers will find as they finish Uncharted 4.
“We get letters sometimes from people, that they say ‘this has changed my life.’ Something shifted in playing that, it’s like wow, we did that. We created something that touched people.
“There’s a lot of memories there and to leave it behind it’s funny, I’m working on this layout right now with one of the last traversal sequences in the game, and there’s this one jump, and every single player that we’ve seen play test it stops at the gap and kind of looks, questions it, ‘can I make that? It’s a pretty big jump.’ And they jump and you see Nathan Drake flailing his arms wildly and he reaches out and grabs that last hand hold. That’s our last epic jump in the Uncharted series,” Uncharted 4 Game Director Bruce Straley said.
People who need to catch up on the Uncharted series can do so with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, which is out now on PS4. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will finally arrive exclusively on PS4 this coming May 10.