The Last of Us’ Dark Tone Won’t Influence Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog Says

"Uncharted is a completely different franchise, and appeals to its audience for completely different reasons."

After Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog and her role as director of the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End earlier this year, The Last of Us co-directors Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann stepped in to lead the Uncharted series’ debut on PlayStation 4. Set in a grim, post-apocalyptic world, The Last of Us is of course a much darker game than Nathan Drake’s thrilling but largely light-hearted adventures.

Though the first trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was darker than usual both visually and in tone, Naughty Dog says that The Last of Us’ grittier mood won’t bleed into Drake’s next adventure.

"Uncharted is a completely different franchise, and appeals to its audience for completely different reasons," Naughty Dog's co-president Evan Wells told Eurogamer in an interview. "I don't think The Last of Us marks a new direction in tone that all of our future games are going to take on. We'd alienate a lot of our Uncharted fans. We want to keep it a light-hearted romp. I think from a technical standpoint we've learnt some things from the Last of Us that will feed into Uncharted - in fact it strengthens our desire to keep them distinct."

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is scheduled to be released on the PS4 at some point in 2015. Sony Pictures also recently announced that a movie based on the Uncharted game series will make its debut in theaters on June 10, 2016.

What kind of tone would you like to see Naughty Dog strike in the next Uncharted? Let us know in the comments below.

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181 comments
calvintower
calvintower

Can't wait for the first uncharted on PS4. I'm usually not the biggest fan of franchises going on for too long, but uncharted hasn't lost any of its appeal and I can't see that happening anytime soon.

Tabarnaque
Tabarnaque

I hope the formula of promising all sorts AI improvements and then not delivering and slapping "over 200 GOTY awards" on the box won't be the tone of UC4.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Good to hear.  The teaser was pretty dark feeling, but I'm very excited!  Uncharted is the best!

kvan33
kvan33

I hope the formula gets an update. Uncharted 3 started feeling a bit stale.

cboye18
cboye18

Both of those games have a too much serious tone for my taste; Jak and Daxter is still my favorite game of ND. 

elaisse2
elaisse2

Only thing being affected will be the frame rate.

rasterorsoniu13
rasterorsoniu13

I'm playing The Last of Us for the first time right now. It's spectacular! Looking forward to Uncharted 4. 

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

I sincerely hope Tom McShea does the review for this.

phillywarrior
phillywarrior

I want to see the drake trilogy remastered for PS4 so I can finally play them..

deadline-zero0
deadline-zero0

Thank Christ. TLOU was nice, but the game mechanics that where taken from Uncharted work better with.................Uncharted. I also hope this is the last game. Seems like the perfect time to retire Drake with a big final bang. He is getting old after all

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Really glad to hear it, I loved Uncharted for its light hearted tone!

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

Cmon when we r gona see this game? 2015?

Im honestly cant wait for this

pspearman
pspearman

The sections in Uncharted 1 where you go to the abandoned N a z i bunkers and inside the submarine were pretty dark. Those are bits I remember most from any uncharted game.

ivo_ree
ivo_ree

This game better not involve zombies and teenage lesbians like in TLOU.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

How is that newsworthy? They made platformers, kart racers and party games, I'm pretty sure they can handle 3rd person shooter with serious tone and 3rd person shooter with a little less serious tone

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

Umm lots of studios make different games at the same time or one after another.

Why is this news? The naughty dog hate/jealousy now thinks they can only make one type of game from now on?

We need weekly updates if a programmer moves on from them to another company or project out of a staff of probably 200 or so and imply that never happens in this industry so the impression something is wrong is left.

GhostHawk196
GhostHawk196

If Sony released a remastered version of the entire Uncharted Trilogy on the PS4 I will happily get it on day one. Having been a console gamer the last gen focusing primarily on 360, theres absolutely no title I played on the 360 which looked even a quarter as good as Uncharted 2.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

So, which non-American people will Drake be massacring this time?

sakaixx
sakaixx

I need moar uncharted ! ! ! 

Gencic
Gencic

All I have to say to Naughty Dog regarding Uncharted 4 is: Shut up and take my money!

SultaN-s
SultaN-s

I want the new Uncharted to be less linear and ...shoot-y.

TashunkoSapa
TashunkoSapa

Uncharted 4: Directed by the two most depressed individuals in the gaming industry.

Martyr77
Martyr77

Naughty Dog is easily one of the top five developers. Congrats and look forward to the next game.

simsumre
simsumre

Well yea because it steals everything it does from Tomb Raider and then gets called a masterpiece by sony bots.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@phillywarrior and the hordes of remaster haters will come down on it for days in the comments section of its review. Nobody is happy with anything these days, sadly. Hope you get your wish, though

robbiejones
robbiejones

@ArchoNils2 No matter the genre, Naughty Dog always nail it!! to think they worked on Crash, Jak, Uncharted, and TLOU is Pretty impressive. Esp when other dev's from "competitive systems" have used the same "world" for 2 generations. 

Monsterkillah
Monsterkillah

It doesnt make sense how Nathan Drake can anihilate hundreds of well armed mercenary soldiers alone

Hes an explorer not a soldier or special forces

Kinda ridiculous

robbiejones
robbiejones

@Bellum_Sacrum I know a lot of people complain about Drake "massacring" people etc.. However i see him like Indiana Jones. Indiana when going on adventures comes across villains i.e Nazis, and he just protects himself by "massacring" them. This is no different so it doesn't bother me as much as it does to say Tom Mcshea. 

robbiejones
robbiejones

@GrayF0X786 doesn't need one, rather them create another beast! however because of the sales, and "movie talk" it will get a sequal

robbiejones
robbiejones

@simsumre Uncharted took elements from Tomb raider and just "evolved" it, By making better controls, better platforming, and also great characters with a terrific story with great dialogue. 

GhostHawk196
GhostHawk196

@simsumre  As a Tomb Raider fan (before the reboot), their games' combat came no where as refined as seen in the Unchated series. Thats what games are like, you take a games idea and perfect it and it will become a masterpiece. Just like Starcraft and Warcraft, i'm sure they were not the very first strategy games. Mass Effect Trilogy, Crysis, MGS4 etc etc. None of these masterpieces are completely "original". Games like Portal are great in that theres a high degree of originality but I can't play it for more than 5 minutes without getting a massive headache.

lord_lad
lord_lad

@simsumre George Lucas steals from Akira Kurosawa as well and look at what Star Wars (Original) trilogy turns into....

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@simsumre Says the person who obviously never played the first Tomb Raider...

SultaN-s
SultaN-s

@simsumre  Did you play the last Tomb Raider game ??? now that was a carbon copy of Uncharted. Like exactly the same ! No matter how you look at it. They didn't just steal from Uncharted, they COPIED uncharted. How ironic is that ?!!

MrTekku
MrTekku

@simsumre Fanboy flame bait?


The article was about NOT going for a darker tone with Uncharted, so why on earth would Naughty Dog then take inspiration from Tomb Raider? They have totally different tones and settings.

deadline-zero0
deadline-zero0

@Monsterkillah Well, not old age. But he's probably in his mid 30s by now. Perhaps approaching 40. He depends on his reflexes and agility.

Can't speak for Snake since i didn't play MGS, but wasn't it because of nanomachines? Besides, i do know MGS is..........well, crazy is an understatement.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@robbiejones @simsumre I agree with everything you said except the platforming - uncharted's plaforming is way way too easy and linear - hopping up the one and only specially colored set of bricks, with the game taking care of 90% of any risk of missing the grab...

xantufrog
xantufrog

@M3o5nster @simsumre I didn't play the new TR reboot - maybe that is the source of my confusion: I don't understand why people draw strong connections between the platforming or the combat of the two series. They are very VERY different from old school tomb raider. For example, old school tomb raider gun-play was about constantly moving and was very visceral and active. Uncharted's gunplay is cover-based shooter straight up - the controls, his slow mov't speed, and his weak (realistic) jumps are not amenable to more "arena style" combat of Tomb Raider. Tomb Raider 1 was all-in-all a much more "free-roaming" experience - both in terms of exploration, the platforming, and in the openness of the combat

Stebsis
Stebsis

@SultaN-s @simsumre I don't get why some people see taking influence from others as a bad thing. Uncharted clearly took influence from TR, but the new TR obviously took things from Uncharted. None of this is a bad thing unless they're straight up taking resources. Would it be better if no one ever took inspiration from Doom, Final Fantasy, Super Mario etc. that also most likely had something as reference.

wexorian
wexorian

@SultaN-s @simsumre What you say? tomb raider is around since 1998 , many companies copied that style into their own games, and uncharted is just another influence clone with male as main character.

And tomb raider reboot is masterpiece and it's not exclusive also.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@xantufrog Yeah, the new one is a lot more like Uncharted... I was one of the few people saying the should've kept it like the original and just bring it up to date. I miss the dual pistol platforming and puzzles that made Tomb Raider great and original.