Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann Cites Uncharted 4 as "The End of an Era for Us as a Studio"
With the release of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection earlier this month on PS4, many are reliving the biggest and best moments of the Uncharted series before its conclusion with the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End in March 2016, and co-director Neil Druckmann indicated it is sure to be a big, emotional conclusion to one of Sony’s most beloved series.
Speaking with Official PlayStation Magazine (via GamesRadar+), Druckmann mentioned candidly in an interview with the outlet that to him and many members of the game’s development team that “we get more and more that feeling of this definitely [being] the end of an era for us as a studio.” Specifically, Druckmann detailed more on the team’s emotional response to the series’ conclusion with A Thief’s End:
“We’ve been with this franchise for almost ten years now from inception all the way to this point. Luckily, we don’t get too much time to dwell on that feeling because we’re so busy, but every once in a while… you know? I remember when Bruce and I came onto the project. A few weeks later we pitched a pretty new story to the team, kind of like a new direction for the project. A lot of things were pretty rough and just slotted in, so there was an ending but it wasn’t as well defined, and at some point we defined more of the [plot] thread and a more definitive ending, and we did a second pitch for the team.”
Naughty Dog has been expressing that sentiment over the past few days by tweeting pictures of actors Nolan North and Troy Baker wrapping on their motion-capture performances, with Druckmann explaining a little bit further as the game gets closer to release:
“You could tell people in the room were just getting emotional as we were discussing the specifics of how this series is going to end. That was one of those moments where you felt the excitement and anticipation for our fans to experience this, but a little bit of sadness because it’s ending. The other day we finished motion capture with Emily Rose (Elena) and Richard McGonagle (Sully), and some people got teary-eyed in the room because they’ve been part of this project for many, many years now and it’s wrapping up.”
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End releases for PS4 on March 18th, 2016.