A new interview with Alan Tudyk sheds light on his role in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, as well as his reasons for exiting the project after the departure of writer/director Amy Hennig.
It’s fair to say that the development of Uncharted 4 has been a little rocky. A sizeable delay scuppered Sony’s plans to field the game as its big holiday release, making it necessary for the Nathan Drake Collection to take its place, and now there are details circulating about some behind-the-scenes tension.
Actor Alan Tudyk will be familiar to film fans for roles in television shows like Firefly and movies including Dodgeball. However, he’s also an accomplished voice actor, having made appearances in Disney films like Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph as well as several major video games.
Tudyk revealed in an interview with IGN that he was signed on to play a role in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. However, he won’t be a part of the finished product, citing ‘weird changes’ as the reason that he and fellow voice actor Todd Stashwick left the project.
While Tudyk sounds to have a positive outlook on the experience, noting that he “made some friends” — although he was quick to note “not with Naughty Dog”. The actor went on to state that the fact leadership changed meant his contract was voided and he could leave the role quite easily.
This leadership switch likely refers to the highly respected writer and director Amy Hennig leaving the team in early 2014. It seems that changes made after Hennig’s departure didn’t sit right with Tudyk, which is potentially a cause for concern for fans waiting patiently for the next instalment in the Uncharted series.
However, there is a major caveat to the story. Hennig has since moved to Visceral Games to work on an as-yet-untitled Star Wars project — which will be co-written by Todd Stashwick. Given that Tudyk mentioned Stashwick by name, it’s possible that their friendship with Hennig influenced their decision to leave.
Of course, it’s also possible that there are some major issues with the development of A Thief’s End. While early impressions have seemed rather positive, we just won’t know the full story until the game hits shelves next year.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to release for PlayStation 4 on March 18, 2016.