Uncharted 4 actor recast after following Naughty Dog writer to EA

The man who voiced last year's teaser trailer is being replaced.

Developer Naughty Dog has "recast" the character in the new Uncharted game for the PlayStation 4 played by Todd Stashwick, according to the actor.

Without providing any reasoning behind the move, Stashwick told IGN, "They chose to recast my role." Stashwick was previously described as playing a "significant" character in the game and was responsible for the voiceover work in the teaser trailer above.

Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig, who had been writing the new, as-of-yet untitled Uncharted game, left the developer earlier this year. She joined Electronic Arts shortly thereafter to work on Visceral Games' new Star Wars project. Stashwick recently announced he would be co-writing the game with Hennig, a move that raised some questions about whether his involvement with the new Uncharted would be affected.

Stashwick had been working on the new Uncharted since at least November, when he shared several photos online of the work in progress, including one of him in a motion-capture suit.

Whether Stashwick's work with Visceral played any role in this move or if more than just a change in actor is planned for his former character is currently unknown. GameSpot has contacted Sony for comment.

Very little about the new Uncharted game, including its title, has been announced. In addition to Hennig, the new game also lost game director Justin Richmond in March when he left for League of Legends developer Riot Games. While still not offering up any window for when to expect Uncharted to land on PS4, Sony did address Richmond's departure by stating, "The development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted."

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Discussion

163 comments
jark888
jark888

Jenifer Aniston could be perfect suited for Elena Fisher role. I also vote Gerard Butler for Nathan Drake.

jark888
jark888

Jenifer Aniston could be perfect suited for Elena Fisher role. I also vote Gerard Butler for Nathan Drake.

Pupchu
Pupchu

This is irrefutable evidence of EA destroying the video game industry. Fuck EA!!!

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

You have been replaced.

I dont need anyone now.

When i delete you maybe ill stop feeling so bad.

khuzko
khuzko

Another victory for Sony

Jay2528
Jay2528

So are we still supposed to believe Amy just left on good terms and was not forced out of Naughty Dog? I mean recasting an actor is not uncommon, but this seems to just be a result of Todd Stashwick following Amy Hennig to EA and Visceral Games.

endorbr
endorbr

This game probably has another one to two years of development time left before we see a release so not really a big deal. Actors get recast on projects all the time. Entire movies have been reshot before because they decided to do something different before releasing so this isn't exactly a big deal, especially since the way video games are put together you could reasonably use one mocap actor and a different voice actor and the player would never know. The guy has never even done video game work before and very little voice work so who knows why he's no longer involved.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Hardcore gamers only care for gameplay & graphics only but not story unfortunately Uncharted series missing best Gameplay.

Daian
Daian

"Whether Stashwick's work with Visceral played any role in this move or if more than just a change in actor is planned for his former character is currently unknown."


Well duh, you think? :| Of course they ditched him because he went to another company.

Evamorgana
Evamorgana

Well that trailer certainly piqued my interest. Sounds like there's a good story behind it. Hope I'm right!

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I've never played the series properly but from the little I have it seems pretty over hyped.

Like it is a linear cover shooter with Tomb Raider elements to it and some pretty cut scenes for good measure. With the entire plot being like some scene out of National Treasure where the impossibly smart protagonist works out clues that you can barely understand to start with. And then he kills 700 men in between.

Not to mention they also use cliche's like books stopping bullets and other shit that have been shown to be untrue now anyway. He finds a casket in the fucking ocean. They are still looking for that plane that crashed in the ocean now and that has radar trackers on board and he just plucks a fucking coffin off of the sea bed?

If you are going to make it action and adventure with treasure hunting at least make it believable.

I'm sure it is a decent play....once, but with the way people talk about it you'd think it was off the scale.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

So they recast the actor in a role we don't know yet, and have nothing invested in? That's not really a thing to be overly concerned about; well, unless you're him of course. Stuff like this happens all the time in other media. Of course it might mean that with the recent departures that people are over-turning decisions that were made they weren't keen on but couldn't do anything about before. We have no way to know if they could be having a positive or negative impact on the final outcome yet.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

And they don't even mention North? W T F????

valleyevs
valleyevs

Played all three of the ps3 games, only enjoyed the 3rd (because of sully). The story in all 3 games just seemed rushed towards the end, as if they got bored writing it. I think they should put this series to rest, maybe make another last of us that is actually decent or make some new IP. I think they are simply making this game for the sake of making it

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

People used to think Rare could never go downhill either...

hyksiu
hyksiu

Well I hope they are  not trying to make the game a multyplayer cash-in with generic design...

Balderick1974
Balderick1974

Well I thought Tomb Raider reboot was way better than uncharted 1.   Uncharted 2 & 3 is supposed to be better but I can't be arsed now, as sold my PS3, Ps4 and vita as I am no longer impressed with consoles, so have moved to PC (also sold my x-box one and 360 and Wii-U).  But hopefully for you guys they get uncharted 4 etc released.  Shame these people have left but they probably want more money and to work on new ip's.  To be fare I think the two main dudes at naughty dog are up there own arse and the rest of the team are fed up with them that's why they are leaving my opinion could be completely wrong just saying.


I have to many great games on PC to Play....The only downside at the mo on the PC side that consoles have over PCs is a lot of PC games (sports games) don't have local play only internet play :-(  which kinda of sucks when a few mates nip round (so if PC's want to win the console war the games need to start supporting local multiplayer seeing as more and more pcs are now sitting under folks TV.


Oh I am not saying consoles are crap, I enjoyed my 400 hours on X-box one, Ps4 etc.  But now have to many games to play thanks to Steam on the PC and got fed up with the price of games on consoles hence why I switched.

j_kizi
j_kizi

Swell, more "great news". I hope this game doesn't end up being a train wreck..  

nickfitz_99
nickfitz_99

Have been reading this thread...... why are people comparing it to GOW?  You can really compare them can you?  Ones a third person cover shooter whilst the other is a third person action adventure.   

Personally, for what little difference it makes, I found GOW ok.  It was a little samey and I can remember just grinding out playing it to get the accomps, played that horde mode quite a bit.  However with Uncharted, I really enjoyed playing through it all and have done many times. 

I still don't really understand this fanboyism, or the need to try and one uo other users consoles, but it sure is getting boring. 

pip3dream
pip3dream

Is anyone else nervous for Naughty Dog...?

Greyslay
Greyslay

All I got to say about this is if it's going to continue the Uncharted series instead of reboot Drake better be voiced by Nolan North.

adub424
adub424

Naughty Dog was supposed to be this fantastic place to work full of cooperation and free idea sharing. These changes cannot be good for developer morale. I sure wonder how such an environment will influence the game.

kusto1891
kusto1891

Gears of war series - 25 million sold

Uncharted series - 17 million sold

gaming_paradox
gaming_paradox

probably most of them left Naughty Dog because they asked for a pay raise or had disagreement in the game design with the popular vote.

C-THREE
C-THREE

Something sort of Activitiony is going on with Naughty Dog. Could success have tainted yet another game company?

diego_corleone
diego_corleone

I don't like Uncharted, if the game is good, they release it for Xbox One.

If you want to play a better game, go play Gears of War.

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

@Dannystaples14  Its true they are extremely linear and wildly unrealistic, but as already mentioned, they are very fun.  I think they are more popular for their story and epic set pieces and also the amazing graphics.

MrBunson
MrBunson

@Dannystaples14 You're pretty much correct. But they are fun to play (I did like the 2nd one the best). The latest Tomb Raider reminds me a lot of the series. I'm more of a Fallout/Dark Souls fan, but these games were worthy of my time.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@Balderick1974 I have completely the other feeling about TOMB RAIDER.  Played it and thought it was *meh*

Went back and played through the UNCHARTED games and had a blast.  TOMB RAIDER isn't a terrible game, but it's quite overrated IMHO.  I keep fighting the urge to trade it, but I can tell its days are numbered. 

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@pip3dreamI'm not nervous about Naughty Dog; there are a lot of good people there.  I am a little nervous about UNCHARTED 4.  There was obviously a dispute about the game's direction which prompted creatives' departures...  it wasn't money. 

From reading Hennig's interviews for UNCHARTED 3 release, a clip:

"The reason we picked this somewhat pulp adventure is that it has a little bit of a romantic angle to it. No one else was going there; everything else was so cynical and dark and monochromatic, so we thought no one else is making this game we want to play, so we’ll make it."

Possibly ND wants a much darker tone for UNCHARTED 4 than what they got?  Wouldn't surprise me.  But, I would have expected people to leave before the final stretch to release.  Dunno... 

Blade_Runner22
Blade_Runner22

@pip3dream  I wasn't until now. Lead Artist, Game Director, Lead Writer... seems like too important people to let go of easily. I mean I still believe they are the best goddamn game makers out there BUT now it feels like after reaching the climax that was The Last of Us, something went wrong or there was nowhere to go but down. Maybe they expected a rise in investments (therefore salaries) or some other internal dispute but still, I went from KNOWING they'll release something good to HOPING they'll release something good :S

teller76567
teller76567

@kusto1891  But Uncharted 1&2 where grate three was a big let down to me and besides the story telling is where it's at i never could understand the gears of war series...

techs3ek
techs3ek

@kusto1891  you dumb ass! there have been at least 4 gears of war games. where as Uncharted 3 was the last that released! on top of that even if uncharted would have sold 2 million as oppose to 25 million, it is still a much better game. Gears of war is not relevant anymore!

adub424
adub424

Gears of war is a fantastic franchise that innovated cover based shooters. Uncharted had fantastic environments and a decent story. Gears probably just sold more because of its fantastic multiplayer. Both games lost there luster after the second in the series, probably because they had some very high expectations to fill. Gears ultimately was worth more because it had better gameplay and multiplayer, Uncharted was better purchased used or in a bargain bin.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

You've all been had by the diegomeister :-)

Syphon_Filter2
Syphon_Filter2

@diego_corleone The Uncharted series is way better than your entire garbage Xbone and garbage Gear Of War. You will dream to have such an AA title for your garbage system or compare an AA title to mediocre crappy game.

Undertow207
Undertow207

@diego_corleone  But if Gears was good, they'd release it for Playstation. 


See how fucking stupid you look? BTW, Gears of War blows.

IJONOI
IJONOI

@Blade_Runner22 @pip3dream  It's quite simple. EA would like to write 'From the creators of 'The Last of Us, and 'Uncharted'. On their next free to play, franchise destroying PTW grind fest. So they probably just offered them more monies. 

IJONOI
IJONOI

@teller76567 @kusto1891  I must admit, I haven't played Uncharted series. I've been a PC gamer for the last few years. However I did play all the Gears games. And they were fantastic, so the sales don't surprise me. 


Saying that, I've got my PS4 and can't wait to see what all the uncharted fuss is about. 

Mrbone5
Mrbone5

@adub424  The amount of fanboyism in this post is just mind-boggling. You've clearly never played any of the uncharted games. You're just another Xbox fanboy trying to reassure himself of his purchase. Maybe someday you'll be able to afford both consoles.

Mrbone5
Mrbone5

@oopomop @Mrbone5 @adub424  I actually wasn't replying to adub424 I was replying to the original comment by kusto1891. It's cute how you called me a troll but I forgot the unwritten rule of Gamespot having an opinion = trolling.

oopomop
oopomop

@Mrbone5 @adub424  As a person that has only played GoW at his ex girlfriends house, I agree with him wholeheartedly. Uncharted is one of my favorite games - it has amazing scenery and a great story. Gears of war has great multiplayer. my dad had his girlfriends kids over and I asked them what they wanted to play and they picked uncharted. I was pretty happy until I heard their first words after playing - "How can I skip the cutscene?" How can you..? What? This is why. This is why GoW and CoD sell more than amazing games like this - younger audiences don't much care for story, they just want gameplay and pretty graphics. That's where GoW comes in - fun gameplay, lots of gore and it looks gritty. Just what people like. 

Just a side note, you're the one who's emitting a ton of fanboyism. I couldn't even believe your response when I read it. Adub was unbiased in his comment and either you're a troll or you are so blinded by your fanboyism that it's seriously unhealthy. 

pip3dream
pip3dream

@SavageEvil @Undertow207  i have to agree.... gears of war is pretty fucking boring, and the story is just... fucking laugh out loud terrible.  its just embarrassing.


SavageEvil
SavageEvil

@Undertow207 At least the first two were clearly something good, but after that it just seemed like they were taking you for a ride and making the story long for the hell of it. I think they released way too many GoW games on a system, 4 on 360 that's milking to the max, only Halo outdoes that game in sequels and spin offs.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

@cyloninside Perhaps the first two but after that it became a cash in on a popular franchise and ended on one super shallow sad somber Judgement. Noticed that Epic sold off that carcass to Microsoft.