If the ending of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End left you hoping that Nathan Drake might pass the half-tucked shirt onto a younger generation of explorers, brace yourself: It’s not happening, according to the guy who makes the decisions, Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, which Naughty Dog sees more as an expansion than a new game, will likely be the last of Naughty Dog’s swashbuckling world.
“I would say that Naughty Dog doing an Uncharted after this is unlikely. I would never say never, but we’ve got The Last of Us Part 2 on our plates and there’s co much other stuff [we want to explore],” Wells said when speaking to Game Informer for their cover feature on The Lost Legacy. “It’d be hard. If we magically had that two-team, three-team studio, sure – it’d be great to keep doing it. We really love the franchise, but the studio has limited resources and lots of other ideas. I’d say the likelihood is low.”
But it’s a big, big franchise for Sony.
That doesn’t mean the series is dead for sure, though. As VG247 notes, Sony could take Uncharted the way Microsoft did Halo and Gears of War, pulling it from the original developer and putting together a new team to make more while the original team goes onto new projects.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind that. I loved the Uncharted series, but The Last of Us proved that Naughty Dog needs to work on new stuff. If Sony wants more, that’s the way to do it.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is set to hit PlayStation 4 later this year.