The Worry Over Uncharted 4

The Worry Over Uncharted 4

As a huge fan of Uncharted, the second one being the reason I bought a PS3, Uncharted 4 has me conflicted. I was well aware that the PS4 would see a new Uncharted game, it hasn’t stopped me from pondering about the games place in the franchise. For the most part, Uncharted has had a pretty compact storyline. The only deviation from the main storyline has been the PS Vita’s Golden Abyss. By the time Uncharted 3 closes, everything is neatly wrapped up, there’s no questions lingering and everyone has reached their end game.

The way in which Uncharted 3 ended so ‘completely’ is the reason why I’m a little cautious about Uncharted 4. I’ve already seen Drake go from a pretty selfish thief to a selfless…thief. We’ve seen him chase fame an fortune, find love, come close to losing his best friend, we’ve seen it all. What can Uncharted 4 really give to the character? What else is there to really explore?

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Given the departures from Naughty Dog, mostly notably writer Amy Henning, there’s also worries about the quality of the story. In a strange sense of loyalty to the characters, I almost feel anxious Uncharted 4 could feel like a tribute, rather than the next step for the franchise. One of the strong points of Uncharted was the interaction between the characters, without one of the key writers there’s a slight worry this may be go missing during Thief’s End.

When franchises continue to go on and on, with changes behind the scene, the identity of the franchise can become lost. Given how strong the core cast of Uncharted has become, loosing their identity would be a disaster. Across three games, the cast has evolved and progressed in a manner which felt organic, almost relatable (as odd as it sounds). Even a slight change to already established character traits would have a impact.

It’s confusing that a game I’m truly excited for is also the one I’m most worried about. Naughty Dog are on a hot streak with their games, but Uncharted is the only consistent franchise that holds such prestige. There’s a lot riding on the shoulders of Uncharted 4, even more so given it’s seen as one of the PS4′s main exclusives. Things felt pretty final with Uncharted 3, perhaps Thief’s End could either be the very end, or the start of a new direction. In a perfect world, especially given the name, Uncharted 4 would be the last in the numbered franchise. Drake isn’t getting any younger. and there isn’t much left to explore.

 

Sean Halliday


3 Comments

  1. Cassie
    January 9, 2015, 7:19 pm

    I used to be really worried about Uncharted 4, too, but I have complete faith in the team. I disagree that there isn’t much left to tell. There are SO many stories to be told, but they would be suited for prequels. What did Drake and Sully do in Peru? Also, I want to see more baby Drake and young Sully. There are a lot of things they can do with what happened in the past. But yeah, as far as the future, there isn’t too much they can do. I have a feeling that this will be the last Uncharted.

  2. Dave
    January 9, 2015, 11:13 pm

    Give the ND team the benefit of the doubt. They pride themselves on their game development being a collaborative process where no one person is entirely in charge. Everyone from every department chips in and has their voice heard.
    And if you worry Amy Henning departing on script and directing duties will make the franchise suffer then let me remind you they do have Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley stepping in to fill her shoes. The Last Of Us wasn’t exactly a badly written or directed game….

    Like Cassie above says, there are plenty more stories to be told. Not sure we need more teen Drake and younger Sully but exploring Drake’s actual family, his brother, is a great move. There’s love, there’s conflict, there’s strong emotional ties for the characters to experience.

    I don’t like to advocate this too much but as the company in question is Naught Dog I feel pretty confident saying; Don’t believe the fear, believe the hype.

  3. medman
    January 10, 2015, 3:58 pm

    The author states “By the time Uncharted 3 closes, everything is neatly wrapped up, there’s no questions lingering and everyone has reached their end game.” What?? Given the suggestion by Marlowe that Drake is no Drake at all, with Drake having no real response and the game never addressing that profound statement and just leaving it hanging there, I would say “neatly wrapped up” is a bit overstated.

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