While Naughty Dog still insists that we’ve seen the last of Nathan Drake in the Uncharted universe, they’re stopping short of confirming that they intend to end the Uncharted franchise any time soon.
“…to say the Uncharted world is done… I doubt that highly,” said Uncharted: The Lost Legacy creative director Shaun Escayg in an interview with Eurogamer.
Escayg believes that there are interesting characters in the world the team built through the first four Uncharted games to justify a series of side-stories similar to the one featured in Lost Legacy.
“This thieving world is huge. There’s so many characters,” said Escayg. “Even before we settled on this particular story we were exploring Sullivan, we were exploring Cutter, and pairing each other up, thinking what would be right, what would have conflict, growth, something new, something fresh. And Chloe was the one that kept jumping out.”
Escayg also noted that the Lost Legacy development team explored possible storylines for nearly every character featured in the first four Uncharted games, but ultimately decided to focus on the Lost Legacy duo of Chloe and Nadine for the time being.
As for whether or not Chloe and Nadine will be featured prominently in future Uncharted titles, Escayg isn’t quite ready to comment on that as doing so could potentially spoil the events of Lost Legacy. However, he noted that a central theme of their story is whether or not greatness can come through conflict.
While there are some Uncharted characters who are clearly prime candidates for a spin-off adventure – Sully is an obvious name on that list – it sounds like Naughty Dog may also be interested in crafting new adventures for characters who simply exist in this world but may not have been featured in the original games.
We’re certainly amused by the idea of Uncharted becoming an anthology-like series and look forward to seeing where Naughty Dog takes the franchise after The Last of Us 2‘s development is completed.