With the relatively recent departures at Naughty Dog, many were wondering about who is at the helm of the upcoming Uncharted for PS4, and perhaps unsurprisingly, we learned today that The Last of Us co-directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley have been asked to take up the mantle.
Naughty Dog Co-Founder Evan Wells mentioned that “they are excited as veterans of the Uncharted franchise to take the responsibility and they’re doing great.”
We also learn that (as we previously heard in passing during a previous interview, but today we get more detailed information) that another project on the same scale of Uncharted is in the early pre-production stages:
We definitely have another project on the scale of Uncharted in very early pre-production stages. We have the sizable team that it takes to get something like that off of the ground, but it’s got a long runway in front of it. We have a lot of great ideas and some stuff that is already getting everybody jazzed and excited. So, it’s a long way off before we can really start talking about it in detail. But no, [Bruce and Neil working on Uncharted] is not going to impact our ability to keep that stirring that pot.
We’ve got the Uncharted project, which we’ve talked about, we’ve got DLC for The Last of Us, and we’ve got the remastered version [of The Last of Us]. We’ve got other projects in the works that are in the very early stages. We have at least four different pretty significant things going on right now.
Considering Druckmann’s and Straley’s success with The Last of Us, and their experience on the Uncharted series, it’s hard not to see the reasons behind their selection as co-directors of the new Uncharted.
Wells also defined the articles that alleged they were the ones that “forced out” former Creative Director Amy Hennig “really shoddy reporting,” and it’s hard not to agree with that as well.