During an interview about the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann reveals that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was originally about Thor’s Hammer.
With not long to go before Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is finally released on May 10, an increasing number of stories regarding the game’s long development time are starting to come out. One of the more interesting anecdotes was how Uncharted 4‘s original story changed after new directors came on board, and how this resulted in one of the title’s many delays. Having a game’s story change mid-development isn’t unheard of, and Uncharted 4 director Neil Druckmann recently revealed that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves went through its own story changes.
Druckmann stated that in order to decide on which historical MacGuffin will be used in Uncharted 2, the Naughty Dog team started off by bringing “as many [ideas] to the table as possible”. In order to gauge the the potential of this list of MacGuffins, many were tested with concept art and “story exploration”. A number of ideas cut as a result of this approach, but one of the more interesting things that Naughty Dog initially looked into was Thor’s hammer, and how it was going to originally be the focus of Uncharted 2.
“One we didn’t do I remember discussing for Uncharted 2 was Thor’s hammer. What would that mean to do Thor’s Hammer? We would actually do concept art and we got pretty deep down that road.”
We loved Uncharted 2, but it is intriguing to think how different that game would’ve been had Naughty Dog used Thor’s hammer rather than the Cintamani Stone. While this hypothetical version of Uncharted 2 would’ve undoubtedly been a fun ride, we may not have gotten one of the best opening levels of all time, and who knows if Thor’s hammer would’ve given us one of the top games of the last generation.
The upcoming Uncharted 4 will have big shoes to fill in order to top Nathan Drake’s search for the Cintamani Stone, but based on the bold statements regarding the game’s ending, and how the game been influenced by The Last of Us, there should be no issue regarding the quality of Uncharted 4‘s story.
While gamers will have to wait until May 10 for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is now available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.