Uncharted has never just been about the gameplay. The story is always a big part of the experience.
And we might get the best narrative yet in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End . As co-director Neil Druckmann told MCV in a recent interview, the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive will be "more personal."
In the past, the studio made it plain that despite the obvious darkness of The Last Of Us and that Uncharted 4 teaser trailer, A Thief's End will retain the franchise's bright, airy adventure style. It will also focus heavily on the protagonist. Said Druckmann:
"We've learned a lot about how we tell stories through interactivity with The Last of Us and there are lessons that we're applying to Uncharted 4. It's about finding that right balance for Uncharted–it's definitely not going to be The Last of Us. But we are trying to make it more personal this time and see how much we can delve into who Nathan Drake really is, and what kind of effect this journey has on him and the people around him."
However, just because it'll be a little more personal doesn't mean it'll be all chick-flick-y. Druckmann says the game will undoubtedly hold that "summer movie blockbuster" atmosphere and as he said, " Uncharted is about fun, charming characters and set pieces." I would agree with that and I'm very interested to see how Naughty Dog displays more of their storytelling ability. We saw it in TLoU; to have that more emotional, personal feel in Uncharted wouldn't be unwelcome at all.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will arrive sometime next year.