Nolan North and Troy Baker, the twin kings of video game voice acting, seem to crop up in just about every AAA release. With that in mind, it makes sense that on occasion the two of them have shown up in the same game, as was the case in Game Rant‘s 2014 Game of the Year Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Naughty Dog’s 2013 hit The Last of Us.
This year Naughty Dog is re-teaming North and Baker in upcoming sequel Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, in which North will reprise his role as charming treasure hunter Nathan Drake and Baker will appear for the first time as Nate’s older brother, Sam. After a long separation, the two brothers team up as Nate embarks on another adventure – one that could be his last.
Game Informer got the two voice actors together on camera to discuss their roles in the game as well as their real life experiences of first encountering one another, and then eventually gaining fan followings that fantasize about a possible vicious rivalry between them (they actually seem to get on pretty well). Baker revealed that when a friend initially told him to play Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune he decided to play Assassin’s Creed instead (a game that also featured the voice of Nolan North). Getting into the meat of the game, North explained that Nate’s lack of blood relatives has been a strong motivator in his previous adventures.
“Sam is a mysterious part of his past. He thought he lost his brother, he doesn’t know, so now for Sam to show up… it’s almost like seeing a ghost. At first there’s that mistrust but then it warms up and then I think for a time it’s his chance at redemption, his chance to get big brother back… The lack of Sam being in Drake’s life for so long is one of the things that has driven him over the first few games, there are abandonment issues.”
The two actors (North especially) only manage to be serious about 20% of the time, which makes the interview a fun watch (head over to Game Informer to watch the whole thing). In between cracking jokes, however, Baker talked a little bit about how Sam views his little brother.
“I think the relationship between Sam and Nate is interesting because… Sam is like, ‘I’m the older brother.’ But there’s circumstances that happen in our life that sometimes, you know, you’ve defined your life by the best or worst moment in your life and you’ve never quite moved on from that, but then the other people in your life have.”
“Sam has never really quite moved on but Nate has, and he’s found Elena, he’s found Sully, he’s found his calling, and I’ve never quite moved on from this. So in this way the younger has become the elder and the elder’s become the younger… Anything Sam can do, Nate can do better, but I don’t think Sam would ever acknowledge that.”
It will certainly be interesting to see an older Nathan Drake interacting with another piece of his past when Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is released, and it’s always handy to have another person with a gun when caught up in a firefight – even if that person is carrying a whole lot of emotional baggage.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End releases in 2015 exclusively for PS4.
Source: Game Informer