Uncharted 4: Wishlist

CVG picks its most anticipated ideas for Nathan Drake's next adventure

Welcome to 'Wishlist', a new regular feature in which we channel our inner amateur game designer and fanboy nerd to come up with a list of improvements, features and pie-in-the-sky ideas for games.

Long time CVG readers may remember a little feature called 'What we want to see'; we had a lot of fun doing that, and it encouraged some great discussions, so we thought it was about time to bring it back. Except, with a less rubbish name this time.

Unlike our last Wishlist entry, this week's we've got a game that has been officially revealed and, barring any shock announcements, will be released in the near future: the new Uncharted.

As always, you've probably got some genius ideas of your own that you'd like to see realised in the next entry in Naughty Dog's next entry, so we encourage you to pitch in using the comments below.


What we know: Story details, release dates and developer drama

Naughty Dog co-founder Evan Wells and co-president Christophe Balestra revealed Uncharted 4 for PS4 in November 2014 during Spike TV's VGX event. Although we've taken to calling it Uncharted 4 (because we're anti-confusion), it must be noted that during the reveal the title was not actually referred to as that, or given a subtitle, it was simply called Uncharted.

During the event viewers were treated to a minute-long Uncharted 4 trailer (watch it below), which featured the voice of an unknown character swearing revenge for being left to rot in a "hell hole" for 15 years.

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"You can't outrun the past, and when it catches up, when all your lies collapse around you, I'll be there, sifting through the wreckage. You owe me!"

What does this tell us? Well, someone is really, really salty about being betrayed for one thing - always getting into some deception-related trouble, our Drake.

Our very obvious guess is that a former friend from Nathan Drake's past - almost certainly from from his pirating days, judging from all the clues in the trailer - is a little ticked off that our favourite globe-trotting treasure hunter, charmer of ladies and shooter of bad guys did him wrong and wants to see him paid back for it.

Other than that, the best we can do is make guesses at what the final name of the subtitle will be: Uncharted: Drake's Betrayal? Grave Robbers?Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? Uncharted: Pirates? Uncharted: Why you do me like that, bro?

We're sure you can come up with something better, put them in the comments and we'll pass them on to Naughty Dog for you.

Beyond the ticked-off villain and the hints at an Assassin's Creed Black Flag type adventure on the high seas, not much else was revealed. Wells and Balestra simply said the next entry in the blockbuster series will continue Naughty Dog's narrative driven tradition, and promised the game has made "a big jump" in visual quality.

"Amy [Hennig, writer of the Uncharted series], Justin [Richmond, game director of Uncharted 3], and the team are hard at work on an amazing new instalment of the Uncharted series to be released exclusively on the PlayStation 4 system," Naughty Dog later added.

"Our goal is to continue what we've done in previous console generations and once again deliver the best in storytelling, performance capture, technical innovation and graphics on the PS4."

Much has changed at Naughty Dog since the announcement of the game. In March 2014 it was reported that game director Justin Richmond has left Naughty Dog.

"I have in fact made the decision to leave Naughty Dog," Richmond said. "I love the company and the people and know that they will continue to create awesome games going forward."

Richmond joined Naughty Dog in 2008 and worked on Uncharted 2's multiplayer, going on to serve as game director on Uncharted 3. He then led the team responsible for breaking out Uncharted 3's multiplayer mode into its own free-to-play PSN game.

Equally notable was the departure of Amy Hennig, the respected writer and game director best known for her work on the Uncharted series.

Initial reports quoting "trusted sources" stated Hennig was "forced out" of the company by The Last of Us leads Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, who are believed to be taking over the project.

Sony later confirmed that Hennig had indeed left Naughty Dog, but denied the allegations.

"Amy has made significant contributions to the game industry and we appreciate all she has done for Naughty Dog," the company said in a statement.

Co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra also said Hennig was not forced out: "Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann were NOT involved in what transpired," read a statement.

"It was very upsetting to us that dozens of stories were run, linking back to the same hurtful accusations in the original report. As co-presidents of Naughty Dog, we are responsible for all studio affairs.

"Because the personal reputation of two of our employees is being damaged we needed to set the record straight. There is nothing left to be said on this subject. Now we're going back to what we should be focused on - making games."

Although Sony hasn't yet mentioned an Uncharted 4 release date, it said the development scheduled won't be negatively impacted by the recent departures from Naughty Dog.

There has been very little activity from Naughty Dog and Sony otherwise, so details are still sparse, but that suits us fine.

What we want:

Video: More of what we want from Uncharted 4

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