The Last of Us may well have exceeded all expectations, and cemented itself as one of the most important PlayStation exclusive properties since Gran Turismo and God of War – but that doesn’t mean that the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is going to be especially dark. The title's first teaser trailer, debuted at E3 2014 earlier in the year, certainly hinted at a grittier sequel – but Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells insists that the PlayStation 4 follow up will be as light-hearted as ever.

“Uncharted is a completely different franchise, and appeals to its audience for completely different reasons,” he told Eurogamer.net. “I don’t think that The Last of Us marks a new direction in tone that all of our future games are going to take on; we’d alienate a lot of our Uncharted fans. We want to keep it a light-hearted romp. I think that from a technical standpoint we’ve learned some things from the Last of Us that will feed into Uncharted – in fact, it strengthens our desire to keep them distinct.”

All signs point to this being Nathan Drake’s very last treasure hunting adventure, with even voice actor Nolan North pontificating that the popular protagonist may have reached the end of the road. We definitely get the feeling that a few characters are going to fall in this instalment – but whether it will actually be the hero himself remains to be seen. Still, it’s nice to know that if the likeable mass murderer does bite the dust, he’ll do it with a customary wisecrack.

[via eurogamer.net, psu.com]