Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is one of the most anticipated games of 2016 and is certainly the biggest PlayStation exclusive of next year. It has also been heavily hinted by Naughty Dog that A Thief’s End will be the final Uncharted game.
Uncharted 4’s lead game designer Robert Cogburn explained in an interview with Kotaku that one of the reasons this will be the last Uncharted game is due to the fact the series needs to stay grounded.
“This will be our fourth Uncharted game,” Cogburn said. “These games are hard to make. Particularly with a character like Nathan Drake in a world that’s fairly grounded, it’s a challenge to consider how much more we can expand the universe while adhering to those sorts of rules.”
“This is gonna be the fourth time we start answering stuff like, ‘How do we make hand-grabs visible? What do we do to scale the combat experience? What are the interesting puzzles we can be introducing in the moment-to-moment as the player’s experiencing this narrative?'” he said. “That’s not to say the questions will be the same in games we make going forward, but as a studio we grow tired of answering those same types of questions in the same fiction. It’s gonna be fun for us to really embark on new ideas and start fleshing those out [in a new series].”
Cogburn also stated that the success of The Last of Us proved to Naughty Dog that the studio is more than capable of treading new ground.
It has been stated that Uncharted 4 may not be the last game ever set in the Uncharted game, but it will be the final game to see Nathan Drake as the protagonist.
Since the first Uncharted game was released back in 2007 on the PlayStation 3, the series has become a flagship exclusive for Sony. Over 21 million Uncharted games have been sold and there’s even a movie in the works. We can’t wait for Uncharted 4 and we look forward to seeing what Naughty Dog does next.