With Uncharted 4: A Thief's End all wrapped up and Uncharted: Lost Legacy set to weave its own tale as a standalone story expansion, that's got folks wondering if another Uncharted game might be in the works. According to the folks at Naughty Dog, you probably shouldn't hold your breath.
The folks over at Gameinformer recently sat down for a chat with Naught Dog co-president Evan Wells to dig deep into the upcoming Uncharted: Lost Legacy. Since this will be the first big piece of Uncharted content that lets players control someone other than Nathan Drake, that prompted a question as to whether or not the studio was toying around with the idea of keeping the Uncharted ahem legacy going sans its long-running protagonist.
In short, not really.
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 II on our plates and there's so much other stuff that [we want to explore]. 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.
So while Wells isn't right out saying Uncharted 5 or Uncharted: Sully's Adventure are never going to happen, it sounds like Naughty Dog has other projects they'd like to tackle for the time being. Wells brought up the sequel to The Last of Us first and foremost, which we figure the bulk of the studio is working on at this point. After that, we don't blame them for wanting to go in a bold new direction. I mean, while it's certainly a very different series, The Last of Us is still built on the same engine of the Uncharted series and boasts a similar look and mechanics. In other words, Naughty Dog has worked on games where dudes run around, climb on stuff and shoot stuff for more than a decade at this point. We can understand them wanting to try something new.
But while Naughty Dog might not be working on a new Uncharted game, at least we know that Lost Legacy is still on the way. More than a bit of story-based DLC, this new adventure is so big that they're going to be selling it as a standalone product. If you own one of the uber editions of Uncharted 4, then you'll get it day one at no extra cost. For everyone else, though, you're going to have to plop down some extra fundage. Naughty Dog isn't talking prices yet, though.
As for the story, it focuses on series fan-favorite Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, who was introduced in A Thief's End. It should serve as a nice change of pace while, at the same time, provide one last dose of that Uncharted magic before Naughty Dog moves onto something else.