Video games are a business, and the goal is to make money and sell copies and systems to as many people as possible. But sometimes, the desire to make those sales and that money can cause some problems within the studios themselves. The Uncharted series is one of gamings biggest triumphs of the last few generations, but with Uncharted 4, though it was a success in every way, it caused major shockwaves within developer Naughty Dog during its creation, and not all of them were good.
It was widely known that major members of the Uncharted 4 team left during development, but it was unknown as to why (due to agreements made by both parties). But, via the book “Blood, Sweat, and Pixels” we are finding out details that led to these major departures, as well as the original story of the game made by the former head of Uncharted Amy Hennick.
Apparently, after The Last Of Us became one of the most popular games ever, Naughty Dog wasn’t focused as much on Uncharted, and so Hennick headed up a small team to make Uncharted 4. In her mind, she wanted to make this game very different from the previous three. But unlike what came to be, she wanted to make large sections of the game where Nathan didn’t have a gun, and even more interesting than that, Sam (Nathan’s brother) was going to be a villain in the game, and then eventually turn to the side of good.
So what happened? Well, that’s where things get hazy, the book openly admits that few know the true story. But what is clear is that something happened between the heads of Naughty Dog and Hennick and because of that, she left the studio, and others left soon after.
As if that wasn’t enough, Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann were asked to do the project in her stead, and they agreed upon one condition, they wanted full creative control. Because of that, millions of dollars worth of work was scrapped, the story was completely redone, voice actors were replaced, and more, all of which led to the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End that you know now.
Check out the video above for even more breakdown on this, and let us know if you think the original might have been the better version.