Which PlayStation Franchise Will Fill The Gap That Uncharted Leaves Behind After Uncharted 4?

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While it may be a subjective statement, there’s no denying that Nathan Drake has had a fairly long run as the ‘face’ of the PlayStation brand, especially since Uncharted 2: Among Thieves in 2009. Out of PlayStation’s long history of console defining games, Uncharted has been particuarly special and with rumours that Uncharted 4 will be the conclusion to the Nathan Drake story, it might be time to speculate who will fill the gap that this conclusion brings. Although there’s a good chance this isn’t the end of the Uncharted franchise, it’s unmistakably being set up as the end of Nathan Drake’s story so we can assume we may not see a new entry in the Uncharted franchise for a while.

Nathan Drake voice actor Nolan North believes that Uncharted 4 could be the last game in the series. Speaking to IGN, North said that while nothing is confirmed, Naughty Dog isn’t planning on making another sequel. “It’s bittersweet but at a certain point you want to go out on top,” said North. “If this is the last one indeed, and I believe it’s the last one – nothing’s confirmed, but I believe it’s the last one Naughty Dog wants to do.”

The release date of April 26th for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is fast approaching and hype and excitement for the game is currently palpable with many gamers eagerly waiting for the next entry in the Uncharted series. Naughty Dog revealed that the series’s PlayStation 4 debut will find protagonist Nathan Drake searching for a lost pirate treasure.

“Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter Nathan Drake is forced back into the world of thieves,” reads a synopsis for the game. “With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. “His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.”

It begs the question whether the gap that Uncharted 4 leaves in the PlayStation family will be filled by a pre-existing IP of Sony’s or an entirely new game altogether. Without further ado, here are the candidates I think could fill the gap:


God of War

God of War is an action-adventure video game series loosely based on Greek mythology. Debuting in 2005, the series has become a flagship title for the PlayStation brand. God of War has a longer history with the PlayStation brand compared to the Uncharted series. God of War has seen 6 games across multiple PlayStation devices and, while falling slightly short of Uncharted’s average sales, is still quite a big-seller for the PlayStation brand. The main trilogy is the three bestselling games in the franchise with an estimated combined sales of 11.95 million. This is in comparison the the three main games in the Uncharted series which have managed to sell 21 million + copies since their release. The epic conclusion of God of War 3 left Kratos in poor physical shape, but, with his demons both real and metaphoric well and truly slain, it was a fitting end to his journey. It’s practically confirmed that God of War 4 is in the works at Sony’s Santa Monica studio, but apart from that details are scarce. There’s room for a spinoff or they can always flip the reboot switch and give us a whole new story and protagonist. With Uncharted’s future being uncertain after the conclusion of Nathan Drake’s story, this could be the perfect time for God of War to return to the fray and really take it’s place as the ‘face’ of the PlayStation brand.


Horizon: Zero Dawn

Well, this one was a no-brainer really for this article. Horizon: Zero Dawn completely stole the show at E3 2015 with the announcement of the new IP from Guerrilla Games’ PS4 exclusive. The official PlayStation blog describes Horizon: Zero Dawn as such:

Syphon Filter

Sony’s PlayStation brand has a full vault of memorable PlayStation franchises – Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Legend of Dragoon, Syphon Filter, PaRappa the Rapper etc. While we do know some of these may not get anything new anyitme soon PS4, it’d be a good move for Sony to tap into PlayStaion’s nostalgia and revive Syphon Filter.

Although info surrounding any possible new entry in the franchise has been dormant for years now, PlayStation fans worldwide share fond memories of Sony Bend’s Syphon Filter games and are hungry for a new one. Syphon Filter is a third-person shooter stealth video game series. that has appeared on the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable game systems. In the series, Syphon Filter is the name given to the mysterious biological weapon.

It’s the right time for this this 3rd-person shooter with an espionage hook gets a return to prominence and we hope Sony is working on it. They’ve shown their willingness to bring back old franchises with deals with games like Shenmue 3 and FF7 so we hope Sony taps into their own wide array of franchises and gives fans a new Syphon Filter game. Given how its themes could be even more popular in today’s terms, this would be a smart move to make for the PlayStation brand.


Crash Bandicoot

One of the oldest PlayStation franchises is Crash Bandicoot. Crash remains in the hearts of many gamers who enjoyed the original games and a revival would be HUGE, like literally, it could break the internet. During the PlayStation Experience 2015 keynote conference, Sony Computer Entertainment’s Shawn Layden took the stage in some rather strange attire. Instead of donning his usual sharp suit, Layden decided to wear a PlayStation-branded t-shirt with the iconic Crash Bandicoot on the front. This had my heart skipping a beat for the Crash revival announcement but alas the time passed and it’s feared Layden may have been trolling us.

It’s a move originally done by head of Xbox Phil Spencer who is known for wearing a Battletoads t-shirt at a few events which also has many fans hungry for a revival of that game. When Layden copied the move, we’re hoping it’s for the same reason: a hint at a new Crash game coming at some point in the near future. After thinking it over, I’ve come to the conclusion that if Sony and other IP holders want to give Crash a revival, then they simply can’t wait too much longer.

Speaking to Game Informer, an Activision PR rep said that: “Activision owns Crash Bandicoot and we continue to explore ways in which we could bring the beloved series back to life.” The episode has helped to raise the character’s profile, and alert Activision to the level of goodwill the franchise retains. It’s unclear whether Acitivision will revive the game themselves and release it on multiple platforms or if they’ll partner with Sony to revive it exclusively on the PS4. Since Activision and Sony seem to have a generous working relationship this gen with games like Destiny and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, maybe an exclusivity deal isn’t out of the question. We’d love to see Crash return and the monumental move could help Sony find a franchise to fill the gap that Uncharted will leave behind after Uncharted 4.


There you have it, some of the franchises we feel might be able to fill the gap that Uncharted leaves behind after the release of the conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story in Uncharted 4. Do you agree with my picks or do you have your own? Let us know your thoughts and opinions by leaving a comment below.

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  • Dynasty2021

    Tetris could fill the gap this Tomb Raider rip-off will “leave”.

    • bigevilworldwide1 .

      Weird for being such a Tomb Raider “rip-off”, the reboot sure had to copy quite a bit from Uncharted to keep itself relevant….I mean not that you have ever played an Uncharted game, I’d bet my left nut and first born child your a fucking Xbot…..

      • Kemo Spear

        BigEvil, I cant give your post enough thumbs up!

      • Dynasty2021

        If you’re basing my comparison off the new Tomb Raiders, you’re proof of why this is the worst generation of gamers ever.

        I’m talking about the ORIGINAL Tomb Raider games on PC.

        And I’ve played every Uncharted except the handheld one you ignorant peasant.

        It’s a generic cover shooter with a funny protagonist dragged along by set pieces and fanboyism.

        • Kemo Spear

          Considering that you never mentioned what installation of TR, it was a fair guess by anyone that you were referring to the most recent installation of the series.

          You said “this Tomb Raider rip-off”, and then come back and say “I’m talking about the ORIGINAL Tomb Raider games”. I have news there for you sparkie, the original TR game is NOTHING like UC. Like you said “Uncharted is a generic cover shooter”, but wait, isn’t the new TR a generic cover shooter as well? Make up your mind. Do you even know what the hell you are even talking about?

          It is you, sir, who are proof of why this is the worst generation of gamers ever. To drive home my point, you post this “I’d give you my PSN ID as proof so you can see my platinum of 1 and 2, but I’m afraid you may take a liking to me and pleasure yourself at the thought of me or something.” Really??? Either put up or just shut up. Ill make the first move: PSN ID kemospear
          I highly doubt that you will do the same, but the ball is in your court.

          • bigevilworldwide1 .

            Ooooh look out bad ass might call you an ignorant peasant also LMAO….I almost spit out my beer laughing at his ignorant peasant line….

        • bigevilworldwide1 .

          No thank you, I don’t want your mom or your buddies PSN ID…..Shouldn’t you be off somewhere then measuring your dick in comparison to what you have inside your PC….I mean that is what you PC tards love to do….

          BTW as other people have already pointed out, in no way does Uncharted resemble ANY of the PS1 Tomb Raider titles…Lets not mince FACTS they started on PS1 and were ported to other things later……

        • J.j. Barrington

          You’re trying so hard, and yet failing so miserably.

          There are only basic themes in common between the old TR games and Uncharted. That makes your “ripoff” statement false through and through.

          On the other hand, the NEW TR games are HEAVILY influenced by Uncharted; you’d have to be blind not to see that.

          It’ s weird, though: how can you type or read anything on the internet if you’re that blind?

    • J.j. Barrington

      Odd how little it actually plays like Tomb Raider… on the other hand, it’s interesting how much Tomb Raider now plays like Uncharted…

      • bigevilworldwide1 .

        When was the last time you played and of the original Tomb Raider games? Not trying to be a dick, but they don’t actually play anything like them. The combat was practically non existent, with the exception of maybe Legends, the climbing, jumping, swinging could be atrocious at times especially depending on what system you played and none of them really story driven beyond im looking for treasure or my dad with the only 2 exceptions to that being Legend and Underworld

        • J.j. Barrington

          I think you’re misunderstanding some things.

  • Kemo Spear

    Hey Charlie, why do you keep doing this? You are an Xbox fanboy through and through. All one has to do is go and look at your twitter page to see this, yet, you spew forth crap articles on the PS4. Hell son, you do not even own a PS4! So why do you feel compelled to continue to write articles about something that you have no clue about?

    • Kemo Spear

      Oh lookie, Charlie removied the link to his little twitter page. Geeee, I wonder why? Maybe because I was telling the truth about him? Welp, here let me link you all to his lil bias twitter page https://twitter.com/ExOakley

  • J.j. Barrington

    Why does this guy keep writing about Sony anything?

    Hey, what gap did Uncharted fill when it came onto the scene?

    None?

    What about every other franchise: what gaps were they filling?

    I SUPPOSE you could say inFamous filled the Sly Cooper gap, but only on the most basic of levels.

    Meanwhile, is Sony just gonna keep doing what it’s been doing with or without Uncharted: pumping out exciting new franchises?

    There really was no point to this article, was there?

    • Kemo Spear

      Agreed. Why doesn’t this idiot do an article about what will fill the gap now that the XB1 no longer has “true” exclusives seeing how MS is moving them all over to PC. Or, what will fill the gap now that Halo 5 ended up being the worst selling Halo in franchise history. Or What will fill the gap…awww who am I kidding? NOTHING is going to fill the gap for the XB1 & this tool knows it. That is why he is constantly coming up with these lame “articles”.