Naughty Dogs fine with Uncharted 5 as long as a new studio could “get the essence right”

While Uncharted 4 (opens in new tab) is still a little way off there’s one big question everyone’s been asking: what happens afterwards? Naughty Dog has made it pretty clear it’s done, but has been a little teasey around the idea of someone else taking over.

Speaking to Neil Druckmann more recently, however, reveals the creative director seems perfectly okay with another studio picking up where he left off. Just as long as it was good enough.

“If they made a great game I’d be excited,” he says. “I’d want to play an Uncharted I didn’t work on. It’d be a lot of fun.” A new Uncharted wouldn’t exist completely without Naughty Dog though: “Obviously we would have a big part in it as the creators of the franchise,” states Druckmann, “we’d just want to make sure they get the essence of it right.”

Whoever takes over will have to impress Naughty Dog by getting that essence right though, or there is no No 5. Druckmann’s clear on that: “if there’s a studio that can do that then great. If not then it’s okay that this is the last one.”

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