It’s been almost a decade since Naughty Dog first introduced their hit action-platformer, Uncharted. Over the years, Naughty Dog has entertained us, gamers, with a series of Uncharted games filled with the game’s protagonist, Nathan Drake crazy adventures.
Unfortunately, all good things eventually come to an end, and the Uncharted franchise is no exception. First teased in 2013, Naughty Dog announced the grand finale of Nathan Drake’s adventures with their upcoming and highly anticipated title, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Having retired from his fortune hunting days, Nathan Drake finds himself going back to the life he once led when he finds his long-lost brother, Sam, who happens to be a treasure hunter too. Check out the official trailer.
So, what will happen to the modern day Indiana Jones that fans have come to know and love?
Aside from Uncharted 4, Naughty Dog is the developer behind Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, two popular franchises that, similar to Uncharted, had a number of games released before finally ending their series. Fans have been raving on the internet about Crash Bandicoot’s and Jak & Daxter’s final titles which were both racing games (Crash Bandicoot with Crash Team Racing, and Jak& Daxter with Jak X Combat Racing).
Fans have spotted Naughty Dog’s “karting” pattern and now have their attention fixed on the Uncharted series. The idea of Uncharted having a racing game spin-off entitled “UnKarted” is clearly a hype among the franchise fans, despite no real hints from Naughty Dog. So will UnKarted cross the finish line as the final game of the Uncharted series?
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It wouldn’t be a surprise if Naughty Dog decides to release a racing game for the Uncharted franchise since they previously released Uncharted: Fight for Fortune, an uncharted themed card game, back in 2012. Fans have even referred this game as UnCarded.
In an interview with Huffington Post, Bruce Straley (co-director Naughty Dog) said that they could add more games to the series if they wanted to but have decided not to.
“It’s been brought up before that this is the first franchise that’s willingly offed itself. We could probably keep selling and churn out a five, six or seven down the road. But it’s not strange to us at Naughty Dog. We decided not to do anymore Crash Bandicoot after Crash Team Racing rather than rehashing something where you’re struggling to find a new voice or story.” –Bruce Straley, game director at Naughty Dog
Unfortunately, our research does seem to suggest that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is really the… end.