Naughty Dog has said the hotly anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End easily ranks as the biggest, most ambitious video game that the California-based studio has worked on to date.
Speaking during an interview with the New York Times, the game’s director, Neil Druckmann, said he felt the time was right to bring the curtains down on fortune hunter Nathan Drake’s story arc with the upcoming action-adventure sequel.
"It’s time," admitted Druckmann. "Sometimes, a character just lets you know it’s time to move on. For me, that was part of the intrigue of coming back to this world. You never see something successful in the industry end. It usually just fizzles out."
Bruce Straley added that the scale of the project eclipses anything the developer has done previously.
"This is the biggest, most ambitious ‘Uncharted’ — let alone game — that Naughty Dog has ever endeavored to take on," said Straley. "We want to do this justice. We want it to be a mind-blowing, eye-popping, sweaty-palms adventure. Everybody is bleeding out of their eye sockets to make it come together. We want to make sure Drake is sent off properly."
"It’s a way for us to get into Drake’s past," Druckmann continued. "This is someone who knows things about Nathan Drake that no one else knows. We’re flashing back to when the two brothers were young. They haven’t seen each other for 15 years. It’s a way for us to lure Nate back into the world of adventure. As they go further, we’ll explore their differences."
Uncharted 4 is due out exclusively on PlayStation 4 on April 26. The game takes place around three years after the events of the previous title, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and sees Nate coming out of retirement to track down a legendary pirate treasure—much to the disdain of his wife, Elena.
As always, Nate is joined in his adventure by long-time mentor Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, and for the first time teams up with his brother Sam, who was long thought to have perished in an earlier adventure. Check out the latest trailer here.