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:
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.
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.