It seems safe to say that “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” from Sony and Naughty Dog was one of the most anticipated titles to come out of this month's Electronic Entertainment Expo, June 16-18 in Los Angeles. However, Nolan North, a voice actor for the game, has revealed that a lot has changed since the “The Last of Us” team joined the studio.
Polygon states that the original story from former Naughty Dog writer Amy Hennig was changed completely. North also stated at Metrocon (June 11-14 in Tampa, Florida) that his eight months of voice work was thrown away in favor of a completely new story involving his character, Nathan Drake, and his brother, who will be played by veteran voice actor Troy Baker. [Baker played Joel in “The Last of Us” and the Joker in “Batman: Arkham Origins.”]
While North seemed disappointed with some of the changes, he was never critical of the company, as he acknowledged that different people want to make changes. The voice actor seemed pleased with the game’s current direction and even praised Baker, whom he stated was a pleasure to work with. Both North and Baker are considered heavy hitters in the voice-acting world, so this should be a nice treat for “Uncharted” fans.
As for Hennig, the former Naughty Dog member seems to be doing fine, especially since IGN reports that she will be a member of the “Star Wars” team for EA Games. The current directors for “Uncharted 4” are Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, who directed the critically acclaimed “The Last of Us.” The game was so loved by fans it was ported to Sony's PlayStation 4 almost immediately, with some improved graphical changes to look more like a next-gen title.
“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” is a PlayStation 4 exclusive and will be coming out in early 2016, though an exact release date has yet to be given. Naughty Dog has teased an extended gameplay video and has announced an “Uncharted” collection for PlayStation 4, so there seems to be plenty to keep fans of the series busy.