Nolan North Thinks ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ Will be the Final ‘Uncharted’ Game

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After three globe-spanning Uncharted adventures with Naughty Dog’s bold, daring, rakish fortune-hunter Nathan Drake, we’ve helped him escape from countless death-defying situations – from climbing sheer surfaces over lethal drops to outnumbered shootouts with bullet sponge goons and a collection of brutal boss fights.

Nate’s charm makes him irrepressibly likeable and his luck makes him nigh-immortal, so when the E3 2014 trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End revealed on older, wearier Drake ready to set out on an adventure for “one last time,” it was hard to ignore the foreboding implications of both the subtitle and the game’s premise.

Adding fuel to this fire is Nathan Drake’s voice and mo-cap actor, Nolan North, who was asked in an interview with IGN whether A Thief’s End is really going to be the last game in the series. North replied that he believes this is the case, adding that it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“It’s bittersweet but at a certain point you want to go out on top. If this is the last one indeed, and I believe it’s the last one – nothing’s confirmed, but I believe it’s the last one Naughty Dog wants to do, in which case I hope somebody else doesn’t pick up the mantle because they’ve done it so well for so long – but yeah, it’s one of those things where you just have to cross that bridge when you get to it. I like the idea of going out on top so we better do a hell of a job with this one… and it’s already looking pretty good.”

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The official synopsis for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End states that it picks up several years after Nate’s last adventure, as he “embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure.” It goes on to say that his quest will “test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.”

Between the subtitle, the talk of “sacrifice” and North’s belief that Uncharted 4 will be the final game in the franchise, it’s clear that Naughty Dog is trying to drum up some buzz around the question of whether or not Nathan Drake is going to be killed off in A Thief’s End. Whether or not that will actually happen in the game is another matter entirely (it would be quite a grim ending for such a relatively light-hearted series), but it’s quite a clever marketing strategy.

One of the common rules in the AAA video game industry is that so long as a franchise continues to make lots of money, it will continue to get sequels. This won’t necessarily hold true for Uncharted, however; creative director Neil Druckmann currently has no concrete plans for a sequel to 2013’s runaway hit The Last of Us, and Naughty Dog seems like the kind of studio that’s more likely to create a new IP than just spend the next decade milking Uncharted dry.

How do you think Nathan Drake’s final adventure should end: a happy retirement with Elena, or a funeral?

Game Rant E3 2014 Live Coverage

Uncharted 4 does not currently have an official release date but will launch exclusively on the PS4 in 2015.

Source: IGN

TAGS: E3 2014, Naughty Dog, PS4, Sony, The Last of Us, Uncharted, Uncharted 4

  • creep

    a good finale would be to hav him end up rich not poor like the other games

    • ios

      Good Final would be him Dying with all the Treasures he found and next to his ancestors skeleton !

  • COREY_1993

    im pretty sure every one thinks that lol… at least for drake. wont shock me if there is a new character revealed in the future like what they did with infamous. maybe drake could fill in the sully role for the new character.

  • boogoo

    Is it just me or does the synopsis sound painfully generic? Hmmm.

  • Nero91

    Wow Nate looks even more like Nolan now

  • ChrisTypeR

    If they make a ton of cash it wont be the last….. And it would be nice to play a game that does not have Nolan Norths voice in it for a change

  • Jacob

    Troy baker for the main character in uncharted 5 confirmed 😉

  • TheseRnotTheDroidsUrLookin4

    a game without Nolan Norths voice ? This is madness… Madness ??? THIS IS SPA– What was that ? Oh wrong property.. *exits, stage left.*

  • Nate&Elena Lover

    I think Uncharted 4 should have a happy ending and I’ll explain why.

    We know Nathan Drake since the year 2007 and we’ll be able to play the new game in 2015 -that means: 8 years growing up with Nate and all of the other characters-. Players love them, specially because one of the things in which Naughty Dog has always emphasized on is the relationship between characters and their maturity along the games. After 8 years, the last thing a player needs is to see their hero dying or getting kill, because if this is finally the last game of the franchise, we will all have time to imagine how could it be Nate’s last day. Nevertheless, if Neil Druckmann decides to kill him (or even Elena or Sully), that would set an end for everybody, because people won’t think about what is already impossible: a happy end with characters that are definitely dead.

    I’ve played all Naughty Dog games and I realized the big difference in how the characters are treated in each Uncharted and The Last Of Us series. I fear they are pretending to take that dark tone to Uncharted after the success The Last Of Us has had. But that would be a big error, as it’s important to take into account that they are quite different franchises, made for a different game audience and because I don’t need a game to make me feel so bad -which will happen if Nate or Elena died after having spent with them 8 years of my life-.

  • egeskywalker

    I think the series should go on. I am the biggest fan of uncharted and i played the game millions of times until i finished them 3-4 times. I have all 3, Golden Abyss and card game. If he dies, it will make it more exciting, but more sad and it would make people hate naughty dog. I think happiness like riding off to the sunset should be what’s going to happen.

  • Feebster

    I agree, it was good while it lasted but need something new

  • Somebody that you used to knoooow

    I personally think a funeral… I want a sad ending for once, not sure if I’m just being sadistic or really want this series to end…

  • TJO3

    I don’t think that this will be the end of Drake. Since the release of the gameplay video, I’ve thought that “A Thief’s End” refers to Sam Drake rather than Nate. I’d like to see Nate have to sacrifice his brother for the greater good somehow. Maybe the end of the game will make you pick between Sam, Sully, or Elena.

  • nomailforu

    how many tomb raider actresses changed? and they still going strong!. So we need more uncharted if they need a new character so be it! MONEY is money and they are the best 3rd person games ever if uncharted and tomb raider is gone game over