Naughty Dog has been working on the Uncharted series for the better part of the last eight years and this coming March, the studio’s final iteration in the series will launch, or at least that’s what we’re being told right now. The studio has been able to create unique games that are born out of true creativity in large part because of the freedom Sony gives Naughty Dog.
Creators often work best under the conditions of creators driving creativity, and from what we’ve heard from various developers around Sony’s Worldwide Studios, freedom is a luxury many enjoy. Naughty Dog’s last new release was The Last of Us, and between that time and now, they have been able to think about revisiting a familiar franchise and ultimately decide whether or not to say yes or no, based on what they wanted, not what someone else was dictating.
“What’s awesome about Sony and how they treat us is they let us make whatever game we want to make. When we were still working on The Last of Us, we started making a Jak and Daxter reboot and then we said ‘it’s not working for us can we do something completely new?’ and [Sony said] ‘absolutely,'” Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Writer Neil Druckmann told Kinda Funny.
It’s always interesting to hear about the “freedoms” developers have around the gaming industry because no matter what, business ultimately drives decision-making. Naughty Dog has such an incredible history of creating outstanding games that they are probably given more freedom and room to make decisions than other studios are given.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is said to be the final iteration in the series, at least from the developers at Naughty Dog and now seemed like the right time to end the tale. Druckmann described the feeling Naughty Dog got when it came to working on a new installment in the Uncharted series.
“Likewise with Uncharted, we feel like these characters are real to us. When you’re writing for them, you can hear their voices in your head, it’s actually quite easy to get in there. If felt like it was time to wrap it up, like Nathan Drake is letting us know [to] tell the final story and we felt that we came up with something that looks at the three previous games as the start of an arc and this is the finish,” Druckmann said.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be the first new installment in the series since Drake’s Deception launched in 2011. A Thief’s End will debut on PS4 exclusively this coming March 18.