Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End wins the “Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing” trophy at the 2017 Writers Guild of America Awards.
Released last May to positive reviews across the board and impressive sales numbers, Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has been nothing short of a massive success for the studio. In the months since its successful launch, Uncharted 4 has rode that wave of momentum to a number of big video game award wins and now it can lay claim to yet another notable trophy, this time from the Writers Guild of America.
The 2017 Writers Guild Awards were held recently and Uncharted 4 was up against stiff competition from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Far Cry Primal, and Mr. Robot 1.51exfiltratiOn.ipa for the “Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing” trophy, but the action-adventure managed to edge out its rivals for the win. Taking home the award on behalf of the Uncharted 4 team was game director and lead co-writer Neil Druckmann, lead co-writer Josh Scherr, and credited writers Tom Bissell and Ryan James.
This latest Writers Guild Award win marks the third time the Uncharted franchise as picked up the video game writing award since the category’s inception in 2008, with Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3 previously winning the trophy in 2010 and 2012 respectively. For Druckmann, this is his third win in the past four years, previously picking up the award for The Last of Us and The Last of Us: Left Behind in 2014 and 2015 respectively, and only missing out on last year’s awards (won by Rise of the Tomb Raider) as he was busy working on Uncharted 4.
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With Uncharted 4 deemed as one of 2016’s best games, this win is another cherry on top of what’s been a very successful few months for Naughty Dog. While this is very likely the last Writers Guild Award win for a Nathan Drake adventure, it is unlikely to be the studio’s final win in the category. The studio are currently in the midst of completing the Chloe Frazer-centric Uncharted spin-off, The Lost Legacy, as well as the upcoming The Last of Us sequel, both of which are certain to feature more of Naughty Dog’s high-quality writing and storytelling.
Given that Naughty Dog titles have taken home five video game Writers Guild Awards since 2008, the studio has set itself quite a high bar in terms of video game narratives. But with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy set for launch some time in 2017 and the highly-anticipated The Last of Us 2 still to come in the future, it would probably be unwise to bet against Naughty Dog winning the “Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing” trophy again.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is available now on PlayStation 4.