Developer Naughty Dog left the Uncharted franchise in a very, very good place upon the culmination of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. The 2016 PlayStation 4 exclusive wraps things up nicely with a feel-good epilogue which gives Nathan Drake a lovely send-off, but director Neil Druckmann might have left behind some unfinished business.
While discussing how to manage expectations with sequels and the approach the studio took, Druckmann said: "You just realise we're not going to top that so we're going to do something different. We're just gonna do this other thing. And then kinda similarly with the sequel is first of all: do we want to make it and we're lucky that we have the freedom that Sony gives us where we can choose? We made Uncharted 4 and we haven't made another Uncharted since, maybe one day we will, we'll see." Nathan Drake voice actor then comically adds: "We'll talk about it."
It has been widely rumoured that a new Sony team based in San Diego would be taking up reigns on the series and developing future Uncharted titles, but does this new quote throw a bit of a spanner in the works? Of course, all of this is completely unconfirmed so we can only speculate for now, but it does look like Neil Druckmann is leaving the door open to the possibility of returning to the franchise at a later date. We wouldn't read too much into what was said in the latest episode of Retro Replay for now, although the idea of returning to Uncharted at a later date doesn't appear to be dead in the water at Naughty Dog.