Sony’s not-so secret San Diego studio – which is expected to be continuing the Uncharted series – has been bulking up for a good few months now, and Senior Game Designer Quentin Cobb tweeted about a new addition this week. James Martinchek is joining the team as Lead Animator, having previously worked on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Last of Us. His most recent credits include Red Dead Redemption 2.
This is just one of several staffers with previous experience at Naughty Dog, lending credence to the rumours that it will collaborate with the Californian studio on continuing the Uncharted franchise. Despite being pushed in the Twitter thread, Cobb wouldn’t comment on the studio’s name or its current project, but we think the stars are beginning to align now, right? All should be revealed within the next couple of years.
I'm really hoping it's a new iP even if it's similar style to the uncharted series. I think there needs to be a break for uncharted. They can always come back in a few years for a revival project
@zimbogamer It won't be. This team is being built specifically to continue Uncharted, in my opinion. What that does mean is that once The Last of Us: Part II is finished, Naughty Dog will probably do something new.
i'm happy for uncharted to continue - just dont make it a nathan drake story
@Scoobijohn I think if anything it will follow in his daughter's footsteps. Changing up a male lead to a female lead is a smart move imo.
@Kidfunkadelic83 That or continue with Chloe and Nadine with Sam helping out
@get2sammyb it's been confirmed that naughty dog.afterthe last of us will indeed make a new ip.word up son
I hope they make ancient uncharted (year 15xx) with sir fransis drake as a protagonist
@playstation1995 I sure hope so, I’m burned out by Uncharted.
@wiiware That doesnt sound half bad. If they deside to make it with Drakes daughter Lara Croft should start fearing her title. 😃
It'd be awesome if they were working on a new IP.
I mean, it could be Uncharted, but we also thought Sucker Punch was making Spider-Man. Things get crazy.
I'd take another Uncharted any day of the week, if its a new IP id be happy as well.
Has there been any hint that they are working on an Uncharted game? I don't think so unless you consider working on past ND games is a 'hint'?
I'm not saying it's not possible but it could just be any third person game even if they worked on Uncharted and TLOU before.
Maybe you know more about it than you arent telling us?
The team that made TLL is still at ND isn't it? If so wouldn't they be more likely to continue the series?
@wiiware thats actually a cool idea.
I agree about the new studio.. However I'd like TLL team to work on Sam and Sully story. There's so much to tell about Sam. I just hope they don't kiss at the end....
I’m pretty optimistic that Sony will let Nathan Drake stay retired but if Lost Legacy is indicative of what they can do without him, I’m all for it. Just need to hope that the new studio is talented as Naughty Dog.
My Gut tells me a small proportion of Naughty Dog is already in the early stages (design/research) of the new IP for the PS5. Sony will want at least a teaser of what is coming for when they announce the console.
I hope its not uncharted
Please please please Microsoft DON’t buy blue point! Sony and the designers of demon souls need them first....lol kidding.
I realise I'm probably in the minority, but 4 was the weakest Uncharted for me by a long way. Graphically, it was stunning, but it just felt a bit rushed and unfinished, despite the delays it faced. I hope this team can bring back the sheer awe of Uncharted 2, if this is indeed what they are working on.
the uncharted games not made be the uncharted "A" team, (i.e. golden abyss and lost legacy) are the weakest of the bunch imo, so i'm not entirely convinced it's a great idea to transition the franchise to another studio. it didn't really work for microsoft when 343 took over the halo franchise.
Not a fan of any of the Uncharted games so I personally hope it's something fresh. Probably won't find out for a while though.
They could tell a truly dark story with Sam. Unlike Nate, he s a complex character and the naughty boy of the family so to speak.
I like all uncharted games equally.
Maybe it is a side-story of the Uncharted series? So they can gather new and old people to it.
@nookie_egg I definitely didn't love it as much as others. The whole Sam story didn't really work for me and I never really warmed to him throughout the game (although he was pretty good in Lost Legacy). It was only around the time Elena joined up with Nate and their ending that I really enjoyed.
I hope uncharted is used more as a namesake and allow these studios to create beginning middle and end for 1 title. If there is crazy postivie response to a set of character then revisit the universe. Not saying i didnt thoroughly enjoy the uncharted series but rarely can a studio keep it fresh that long
Always love hearing news about new studios and new games. Looks like Xbox and Playstation are both doubling down with exclusives. Xbox's new studio The Initiative just grabbed the lead level designer from God of War and now a sony studio also grabbed a talented dev from Rockstar. Things are heating up
@Kidfunkadelic83 That's exactly what I'd like to happen, maybe have the odd cameo from an older Nate for nostalgia's sake but let the new Drake take centre stage.
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