When in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Naughty Dog saw the thief meeting his end, many of us actually believed that the end of Nathan Drake meant the end of Uncharted series. That would make a lot of sense to anyone who has followed the Uncharted since it started in 2007 with Drake’s Fortune. Contrary to what we have brought our selves to believe, it seems like we may as well get to see the Uncharted 5.
A step back to Uncharted 4, it will be very hard for many to come to think that anything would come after the game because as far as we are concerned, it was the perfect finale for any series. Apart from that, the main character whom we have come to get attached to has finished his part in the story. That doesn’t mean we do not want to see any more of it if Naughty Dog can get anything out.
The Uncharted franchise began as an action-adventure game in 2007 with the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune followed by Uncharted 2: Among Thieves in 2009, then Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception before the fourth of the series in 2016. There was no surprise when it was stated that the entire franchise had made close to 42 million in sales by the end of 2017, neither was there any surprise when it was reported that only Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End got to 8.7 million copies.
What this essentially means is that there is a high tempo set by the fourth part of the game upon which a fifth may get to thrive should Naughty Dog decide on releasing Uncharted 5. What is even more interesting is that the spinoffs that came after it, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was also well accepted.
Uncharted 5 Release Date
If you have charted the course of Uncharted since its beginning, you must have realized that the first three games of the series all had 2 years gaps between them. This changed with A Thief’s end which came in 2016, 5 years after Drake’s Deception. If the same 5-year gap is what Naughty Dog wants to take before releasing another, we may have to wait until 2021. The big question, however, is – will the Uncharted 5 be released?
For now, there is yet to be any concrete words from Naughty Dog hence, we may not be able to state whether or not it is coming, even though it cannot be taken off the table easily. More so, the silence is not entirely unexpected because Naughty Dog is very busy at the moment working on The Last of Us Part 2 which is its major project at hand.
That being said, there is no indication that any work has started at any stage on Uncharted 5 as there is yet to be any concrete word. This means that a release date may still be some years off if the developers would want to work on it, and until it is announced, we can not know for certain.
As a result of the uncertainties surrounding the release of the game, we have chosen not to anticipate for the release any time soon, even though we cannot stop hoping that it comes. The bet is that if it will come, we may get to see it as a title on PS5 and not PS4.
With nothing official from Naughty Dog, all that fans have to depend on is speculations, rumors, and crumbs of news around. The most important thing here is that most of it may not be completely accurate since it is only rumors and nothing official.
Snooping around, Gamerevolution has suggested that Sony has started working on developing a team for the development of a new game which is suspected to be Uncharted 5. What has given rise to this suspicion is the involvement of Visual Arts Service Group (VASG), which has contributed to other PS games including Uncharted.
In addition to this, it claimed that the studio is working on an unannounced project with Naughty Dog. The claim has it that Sony was looking for workers with experience in shipping 3rd person action game and systems design experience in single or multiplayer 3D action games.
Even before this, Naughty Dog’s Director of Communications, Arne Meyer and the creative director and writer of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy which is a spin-off released after the Uncharted 4, Shaun Escayg revealed that there is still a lot of stories to tell about Uncharted which has not yet been told. The only thing, however, is that they are not sure whether the story would be told.
Here’s What We Know So Far
The first thing we know is that we are going to have another hero if the fifth part of the game gets to be developed. It will not even be surprising to see that it is Nathan’s daughter, Cassie Drake that becomes the lead character. This is because she is almost everything that her father was, and for the fact that she is a woman, there is something fresh that the game will have.
Also, there may be new characters added to the game including Nathan’s brother Samuel Drake. A more central role may be given to the characters we have met before.
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As indicated above, Arne Meyer and Shaun Escayg have revealed that while the journey of Nathan Drake has come to an end, there is still a story to tell, so the end may still not be in sight. What we are hoping is that if the story would be told, the formula of Uncharted should be maintained.
We do not see any reason why it will back down on Uncharted 4’s multiplayer which was really great. We know, or maybe can bet every penny, that it will only be improved upon if we are seeing a 5.
With all that we have known thus far, it is of worth to note that there is still no official statement that has been released since both Sony and the developers of the game have kept tight lips.
Uncharted 4 is one of the most successful games out there. Not only does it have a great plot, picking from the previous games in the franchise, but it also has everything that will make a perfect ending for a series as well as a perfect beginning for yet another. Therefore, no matter what path Naughty Dog chooses to take, it will hardly be surprising even though what our fingers are crossed on is to see the release of the Uncharted 5.