Uncharted: Naughty Dog On The Evolution Of The Series

Paul Walker


Naughty Dog's Evan Wells talks about the evolution of Uncharted as we anticipate the release of Uncharted 4 on PS4.

Published on May 20, 2014

Naughty Dog's Evan Wells has talked about the evolution of the Uncharted series and how the series could have ended up being far less realistic, saying that technology has been a key factor.  

"As technology has advanced through the years, it has allowed us to expand the kinds of stories we can tell - primarily be letting us make games with realistic characters in them," Wells told Play.

"At that point it was a natural progression for our stories to delve into more complex, more human topics and I believe those topics lend themselves to having a more mature or adult feel to them."

That doesn't mean that the games have to be strictly serious," Wells continued, "as evidenced by Drake's sense of humour.Maybe we're also maturing ourselves...just a little."

Wells revealed that Uncharted was originally a bit more out there and could have ended up with a Tolkien influence.  

"Originally I think the team was still very much under the influence of the Jak series," Wells explained.

"That world was a crossover between pure platformer and an action-adventure world. This influenced our thinking.

"We were talking about a more 'realistic' game in terms of how it's modeled and rendered but the concepts were much more far out," said Wells.

"One was a forest world where the antagonists lived underground. It had elements of Tolkien in it for sure!"  



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