If we’re ever going to see a new Uncharted game, it won’t be from Naughty Dog. Neil Druckmann, studio co-president and co-director of Uncharted 4, confirmed that the studio is done with the series.
“For us, Uncharted was insanely successful,” Druckmann told Buzzfeed. “Uncharted 4 was one of our best selling games — and we’re able to put our final brushstroke on that story and say that we’re done. We’re moving on.”
This is a departure from Naughty Dog’s past comments on a potential Uncharted 5.
“I think we can say for certain that we can never say never,” Sean Escayg, creative director for Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, told Games Radar last year. “Yeah. Uncharted is a franchise we love – that the studio loves. I love, and Kurt loves. It’s a world we want to see more of. So I can certainly say that.”
Debuting in 2007, the Uncharted series, created by Amy Hennig, was first released for the PlayStation 3. Two sequels, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, were released in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was released in 2016 for the PlayStation 4. It serves as a send-off for protagonist Nathan Drake. A spin-off, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, was released a year later.
Developer Naughty Dog has been focused on The Last of Us franchise after the original Uncharted trilogy. Currently, they are working on an untitled Last of Us multiplayer game while also porting The Last of Us Part I to PC and PlayStation 5.
Neil Druckmann is also involved in the HBO adaptation of The Last of Us.