Although Sony and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was billed as the last Uncharted ever, its epilogue was pretty much a blatant wink at the series continuing without Nathan Drake. With the reveal that Nate and Elena got drunk and created an accident named Cassie, the franchise all of a sudden had an exciting future that promised fresh adventures and characters. Unsurprisingly, a recent job listing appears to suggest that Sony are looking to exploit that potential by creating the next Uncharted for the PlayStation 5.
As reported by Gamerant, Sony are seeking a Lead Character Artist for ‘the next chapter of cinematic storytelling’:
“We are looking for a highly talented, motivated and creative Lead Character Artist for the next chapter of cinematic story-telling. Here is your chance to be a part of the multi-award winning team responsible for the cinematic performances in premier Sony PlayStation franchises like Uncharted, The Last of Us, Killzone, and other iconic series.”
This vague job listing could be for an entirely new IP, but the use of ‘next chapter’ hints at it being a sequel rather than a beginning. With The Order 1886 having been released in 2015, you’d imagine that the development of its inevitable sequel is well beyond hiring character artists. Meanwhile, with Uncharted 4 having been a 2016 title, it’s only logical that the ineluctable continuation is in the early stages of development with Naughty Dog potentially no longer being the developers.
If the job listing is for the next Uncharted, some people could be disappointed that A Thief’s End wasn’t the permanent goodbye Naughty Dog and Sony marketed. But, so long as we play as Cassie rather than Nate, the next Uncharted has the potential to be as fresh and innovative as the God Of War none of us wanted but were more than happy to get. Plus, if players did control Cassie with daddy Nate as the sidekick, it could be a new but familiar experience that exploits your nostalgia with countless references and parallels to past instalments.
Regardless if the job listing is for the next Uncharted or not, it’s great that Sony are continuing to make cinematic games with an emphasis on story-telling. God Of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man were two of 2018’s best games, and the PlayStation 4 has been the home for the best exclusives with Horizon: Zero Dawn, Persona 5 and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End all delivering superb narratives.
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