E3 2014: Uncharted 4 Is Really Starting To Sound Like The Last Drake Title
Sony left the very short Uncharted 4 teaser for late in their conference, but I would say it was worth it. Still would’ve loved to actually see the game in action, but considering it’s only coming sometime next year I can somewhat forgive them. Thankfully that’s not the last we’re going to hear from the game at E3, with new, brief story details now emerging.
It’s really starting to sound like Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be the last outing for Nathan Drake, the series’ iconic protagonist, with the synopsis basically painting a picture of an old and worn out hero.
“Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.”
The idea of pirate treasure really excites me, but not as much as the possibility to build a bit of a different game. Naughty Dog is already talking out a retired Nathan Drake, so could we see him missing some of the jumps your usually wouldn’t? How about a less agile Drake that has to depend on more help from Sully? These would be bold new design choices for a series that stresses the finer details, and I can’t help but wonder whether idea such as these lead to the departures of many core team players.
The Last of Us directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley are now in charge of the title, and if there’s any game out there that makes you feel the weakness of your protagonist it’s The Last of Us. So we really might be in for something truly special here. We’ll just have to wait and see.