If you’re a fan of all things Uncharted, odds are you have a lot to look forward to next year with the release of its fourth installment – but it won’t be the game Uncharted scribe Amy Hennig originally penned, that much we know. The past year’s seen a flood of Naughty Dog team members leave the Sony-owned studio, with Hennig’s departure being among the most documented of them. According to the series’ lead star, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will have even less to do with her original vision than we once thought.
Speaking with fans in a Q&A session at this year’s MetroCon in Tampa Bay, Florida, voice actor Nolan North elaborated on the game’s development, claiming in the following excerpt that Naughty Dog had “thrown away” roughly 8 months of Hennig’s script.
“We had shot 8 months of her story and it was all thrown away. The Last of Us guys came in, and you have to understand, new producers, new people, they want to do it. I don’t know what happened exactly,” North said. “Amy is still a very dear friend of mine and she’s brilliant but the Last of Us guys were the next team there so they took over and they just wanted their own flavor. They got rid of some of the other people that were involved and just redid their thing.”
“So it’ll be fun, the tone I think is gonna be slightly different,” North continued. “It has to be, you know, you can’t have a Robert Ludlum novel that’s going to be the same as Steven King. It’s just that they’re different styles. But it’s true to the story.”
North went on to compliment the studio’s choice of sibling for his character of Nathan Drake. “Great move they made with Troy Baker [who] played my brother and they knew that was going to work because Troy and I are friends and he had done Joel and they knew he and I had good rapport.”
“No, it’s going to be along the same lines with the story but I think there’ll be…I don’t know. I don’t know how it’ll affect the how thing and to be honest I am just as curious as everyone to see what the final product will look like,” North mused. “I do know there’s trust with the Naughty Dog designers and programmers, that place is still top notch and from the things I’ve seen and sound and all the stuff they’ve done, it’s amazing.”
You can watch the entire Q&A session for yourself down below or cut straight to the Uncharted questions at the 18:00 minute mark.
North seemed rather upbeat regarding Hennig’s future career, saying that “If you’re a big fan of Amy Hennig with her styles of stories, the big thing bout her is that she’s gone to EA and is going to reboot a brand new Star Wars franchise in the style of Uncharted and I happen to know a lot about it and it’s gonna be awesome.”
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End releases March, 2016 exclusively for the Playstation 4.