When the direction of Uncharted 4 was handed over to The Last of Us directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley after Amy Hennig’s sudden departure, about eight months of work were scrapped.
“We had shot eight months of [Hennig’s] story, and it was all thrown away,” said Nolan North, the voice of Uncharted‘s Nathan Drake, at a recent convention.
“The Last of Us guys came in and you have to understand – new producers, new people – they want to do it. I don’t know what happened exactly,” North said. “Amy is still a very, very dear friend of mine, and she’s brilliant, but the Last of Us guys were the next team there, so they took over, they just wanted their own flavor. They got rid of some other people that were involved and redid their thing.”
North considers the addition of Troy Baker, a friend and fellow ubiquitous voice actor, a gain, as the two have personal chemistry as well as experience with Naughty Dog games.
“The tone, I think, is going to be slightly different,” North said. “It has to be, you know? You can’t have a… Robert Ludlum novel is not going to be the same as Stephen King. It’s just that they’re different styles. But it’s true to the story.”
It sounds like the changes that ensued when Hennig departed – it’s unclear still whether that was a power struggle or the result of a better offer from Electronic Arts – ran pretty deep. That does a lot to explain some of the delays the game has faced since its 2013 unveiling.
We’re still looking forward to playing Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End in Spring 2016.