Naughty Dog has already explained several times why Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is Nathan Drake's final adventure .
And the team has been pretty candid about wanting to move on to other projects. Well, what would happen if Sony gave another developer a chance to create an installment in the award-winning franchise?
According to what director Neil Druckmann told GamesRadar , Naughty Dog would actually be okay with that, provided the studio in question maintained the "essence" of the series. He also said he expects his team to be a significant part of the process, even if they wouldn't be the lead designers:
"If they made a great game I'd be excited. I'd want to play an Uncharted I didn't work on. It'd be a lot of fun.
Obviously, we would have a big part in it as the creators of the franchise. We'd just want to make sure they get the essence of it right."
Thus far, all entries in the core Uncharted franchise have been developed by Naughty Dog, though Sony Bend handled Uncharted: Golden Abyss for Vita and Bluepoint Games produced last year's Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection . Thing is, Naughty Dog is head-and-shoulders ahead of any other developer right now, and I'd be loath to bring Uncharted to a new studio…no idea how that might work out.
I say put Uncharted aside for a while and when Naughty Dog is finally ready to return to it, it can come back.