Naughty Dog releases the last video for its ‘Making Of’ series for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, revealing that developers want its game to make fans laugh and cry.
After releasing several behind-the-scenes developer diaries featuring Naughty Dog‘s team discussing of the evolution of its Nathan Drake-centric series as well as explicating its plans to have Uncharted 4 push technical boundaries on the PS4, the studio has now released the fourth and final installment in its run of “Making Of” clips on YouTube. Titled “In the End,” the cast and crew for Naughty Dog talk about the experiences shared on the Uncharted franchise, and the impact the games have had on the studio over the course of the past decade.
More specifically, Naughty Dog developers elaborate on how each of Uncharted 4‘s characters including Nathan Drake, Elena Fisher, and Sam Drake, have become so hyper-realistic that there’s a high probability that fans will connect with the roles on a much deeper level than in previous efforts. Of course, since Uncharted 4 is expected to be the last game in the series with Nathan Drake as the protagonist, but perhaps not his final adventure, it makes sense for the studio to have poured as much emotion into the narrative as possible.
As found in the clip below, Naughty Dog designers and artists talk about how hard it is to say goodbye to a character that has been such a huge part of everyone’s lives for so many years, for not only has the studio’s team put tons of effort into bringing Drake to life, but also a lot of the developers are some of his biggest fans. As a matter of fact, Uncharted 4‘s lead artist Tate Mosesian expresses a strong sense of attachment to all of the title’s personalities, saying:
“As you play through the series, you do begin to develop an affinity for the characters and an understanding of what motivates them. I hope that this game brings that all to a nice crescendo. I hope people cry when they play it, and I hope they laugh when they play it.”
With Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End having just gone gold about a couple of weeks ago, fans and developers alike can now undoubtedly look back on how long of a journey it’s been for the action-adventure title and breathe a large sigh of relief. After numerous release date delays leading up to where we are today, it was certainly frustrating for a lot of gamers eagerly anticipating the title to discover time after time that its availability was pushed back.
Now that the base materials for Uncharted 4 have been completed, though, it’s safe to presume Naughty Dog is currently hard at work putting together the title’s single-player DLC. Naturally, with this being the first instance in the history of the franchise for a story-driven expansion to make its way into the series, the studio is surely intent on delivering a high-quality product in a timely manner in order to justify the occasion.
At any rate, if Uncharted 4‘s narrative doesn’t perfectly resonate with fans, its giant game size should at least provide them with lots of action, as Naughty Dog has exclaimed the title to be the biggest and most detailed entry in the franchise. Taking all of this into consideration, it’s a safe bet that the studio will be sending Nathan Drake off with plenty of style and grace.
Naughty Dog‘s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to release on May 10, 2016, exclusively for PlayStation 4.