There have been some reasons to be concerned about Uncharted 4. The crown jewel in Sony’s first party ecosystem gave us some of the best games of the last generation, but several high-profile departures with developer Naughty Dog raises concerns that there’s something amiss with the new game. The studio recently lost Uncharted 4 director Justin Richmond, as well as long time Uncharted writer Amy Hennig. It isn’t the only Sony studio to have seen an uncommon amount of turnover. With those concerns in place, however, IGN has some news that should give encouragement to Uncharted Fans: Last of Us Directors Neil Druckman and Bruce Staley are leading development on Uncharted 4.
The Last of Us was hailed as one of the defining games of the PS3, roundly sweeping up nearly every award on offer at a suite of shows last year. The game, reviewers agreed, set a new bar for narrative in video games. But it’s not actually Druckman and Staley’s experience with The Last of Us that has me most excited for Uncharted 4. The two also worked on Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which in my opinion is hands-down the best game in the franchise. Uncharted 3 was a perfectly serviceable and enjoyable Nathan Drake adventure, sure, but Uncharted 2 was something special — just like The Last of Us was. If we can get some of that magic back for Uncharted 4, the PS4 just might be unstoppable.
While the game has neither been confirmed for E3 or, technically, confirmed as “Uncharted 4,” there’s already been a steady stream of chatter from industry insiders that this game will come to define what the PS4 is capable of. We’re almost sure to see more of it next week, and I’m excited. I’ve yet to see a game that has really put the power of either next-gen console on display, and if anyone is going to do it, it will be Naughty Dog.
“We sure hope you’re surprised by how amazing it looks! It’s going to be an exciting story, and I think people are going to really buy into this one in a way that I think is consistent with the rest of the stories. It’s a stand-alone adventure like all of them are; we don’t expect people to have played the past games to enjoy the current one. But you’re going to get to experience Drake and his crew in a new way,” studio co-president Evan Wells told Game Informer.