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."

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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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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.

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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.

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Edited By VegasAceVII

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

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

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@kvan33 LOL

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

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Edited By Elaisse2

Only thing being affected will be the frame rate.

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Edited By Bellum_Sacrum

I sincerely hope Tom McShea does the review for this.

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@Bellum_Sacrum NOPE .... he got his ass laid off ... no more of his crap reviews

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@nardin7 don't bash the consoles you don't have if you have a life.

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

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@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

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Edited By 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.

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Edited By 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

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Edited By Monsterkillah

Thats old already ?

Dude how about Snake ?

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Edited By Gamer_4_Fun

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

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Edited By Monsterkillah

Cmon when we r gona see this game? 2015?

Im honestly cant wait for this

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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.

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

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@ivo_ree dont bother commenting

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@ivo_ree you s*** man..

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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

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@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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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@Monsterkillah uhm....videogame???

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@Bellum_Sacrum Depends on where he's going that isn't America, I would think.

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@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.

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@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.

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I need moar uncharted ! ! !

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Edited By GrayF0X786

give us a sequel to TloU

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Edited By robbiejones

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

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@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.

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

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@Gencic and this is how you spoil a good dev.

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

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

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None of them is Phil Fish.

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

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@Martyr77 they r the top developer

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