Naughty Dog has revealed that it has no intention of ditching series star Nathan Drake any time soon - indicating that the gruff hero may yet head up Uncharted 4 in the future.
As announced last month, Drake will definitely be making a return this year in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, which is due for release in November.
But if you thought that might be the end of the road for the explorative fan favourite, think again. Speaking to Edge Magazine, ND game director Justin Richmond discussed the studio's reluctance to 'reboot' its flagship series - or retire their main man.
"You see it in the movies," he said. "They constantly reboot things you just saw ten years ago. You're like: "Wait a minute. I just saw that!" Spider-Man is just ridiculous. It's something you have to be careful of with any kind of creative endeavour, and the lure to reinvent yourself is always there.
"But one good thing is that we feel we're not done with Drake yet; we haven't done all we wanted to do, and there are still technical hurdles and goals we want to get over, and do even more stuff in gameplay... We're very cogniscent of the legacy of what Drake is, and that every game should advance the story and the genre."
Sony has confirmed that Uncharted 3 will be playable in stereoscopic 3D - and that the campaign and multiplayer elements of the title have both "evolved". U3 will focus on Nathan Drake's quest to discover a Lost City in the Arabian desert.