During our recent cover story trip for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, we chatted with various members of Naughty Dog about its award-winning franchise. While at the studio, the team reiterated it is done with Nathan Drake, feeling it had wrapped up his story perfectly and to open it back up would be a disservice to Uncharted 4. But is it done with the series, or is The Lost Legacy an attempt to see if it can be successful without Drake?
Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells is excited about the opportunity to dive into Chloe's story and return to a fan favorite in the The Lost Legacy, but he insists that Naughty Dog doesn't have some grand plan to do Uncharted serially or create more side stories with other characters. "I would say that Naughty Dog doing an Uncharted after this is unlikely," he says. "I would never say never, but we've got The Last of Us Part II on our plates and there's so much other stuff that [we want to explore]. It'd be hard. If we magically had that two-team, three-team studio, sure – it'd be great to keep doing it. We really love the franchise, but the studio has limited resources and lots of other ideas. I'd say the likelihood is low."
There you have it. Another entry isn't completely off the table, but after working on Uncharted for over a decade, Naughty Dog wants to explore other ideas.
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