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Naughty Dog Won't Abandon Drake As The Uncharted Hero

Nathan Drake has become an icon in the PlayStation world. You can't possibly replace him.

As there's little to no chance the vaunted Uncharted franchise will end with the 2011 installment, people are hoping Drake will be a long-running hero, like Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series. Well, you needn't worry; developer Naughty Dog isn't planning a "reboot" any time soon. Why the heck would this series need a reboot? Tomb Raider, sure. Medal of Honor, yeah. But Uncharted is in the prime of its career! Speaking to Edge magazine, game director Justin Richmond spoke about the team's desire to stick to Drake and Co.:

"You see it in the movies. They constantly reboot things you just saw ten years ago. You're like: 'Wait a minute. I just saw that!' Spider-Man is just ridiculous. It's something you have to be careful of with any kind of creative endeavor, and the lure to reinvent yourself is always there.

But one good thing is that we feel we're not done with Drake yet; we haven't done all we wanted to do, and there are still technical hurdles and goals we want to get over, and do even more stuff in gameplay... We're very cogniscent of the legacy of what Drake is, and that every game should advance the story and the genre."

No need to "reinvent" anything just yet, guys. And we're glad you understand that. In the bigger scheme of things, we're just getting used to Drake, aren't we? Video game heroes can last for years, even decades, and as far as we're concerned, this guy can keep going for a looooong time.

Tags: uncharted, nathan drake, naughty dog, uncharted 3

1/9/2011 9:12:07 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (64 posts)

PasteNuggs
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 9:33:39 PM
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I like this. Although, I do wish they would make another Crash game and do what Insomniac does with R&C and Resistance.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 9:48:47 PM

If only...

I so wish Sony would buy out that franchise from Universal and let a small Naughty Dog team handle it.

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JakMan1997
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 9:53:15 PM

I would like Naughty Dog to try a Jak and Daxter game on the PS3.
At least one.
Crash Bandicoot would be interesting to see if it was made by Naughty Dog, seeing as how there hasn't been a Crash game made by Naughty Dog in a long time.I wonder what approach they would take towards Crash Bandicoot, if it were possible for them to make a sequel.

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StangMan80
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:47:27 AM

Crash Bandicoot!!! This most happen.

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 3:37:05 AM

I loved all those crazy Crash commercials, and they were only second in humor, to Kevin Butler's commercials today.

I still laugh remembering Crash complaining about "shrinkage" in his speedo's at that Olympic pool, another other one where he's berating grandma, and still another where he's playing a bit of bumper cars, while cruising down a congested freeway.

Ahhh, those were the days!!!!

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DrRockso87
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 11:26:58 AM

Even though I'd welcome and love a new 'Crash Bandicoot' made by Naughty Dog (or even Ready At Dawn since the company was started by former Naughty Dog employees), I don't think it'll happen anytime soon.

What we need to see is a 'Jak and Daxter' collection for the PS3 with a teaser trailer for collecting all the trophies (similar to the 'Sly' collection teasing us with 'Sly 4'). That would be awesome!!

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Danny007
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 3:45:50 PM

I agree that Naughty Dog needs to reboot Crash Bandicoot.

As for the Jak and Daxter Collection, I've been wanting that for a while. The first four games in one HD collection would be madness. I would pay the full 60 dollars for that.

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matt99
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 9:41:13 PM
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Drake's one of my favourite all time characters, he better not go. Also, does anyone know if Chloe and/or Elena is back in UC3 ?

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playSTATION
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:01:35 PM

Elena will definitely be back for Uncharted 3. Chloe should be back too.

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matt99
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:39:46 PM

Good, cause it's not quite uncharted without them either.

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Clamedeus
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 2:17:13 AM

<3 Chloe. :P

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cLoudou
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 11:39:52 AM

Yeah but unfortunately Elena leaves Drake and gets together with Chloe. Wait that's not unfortunate at all, even for Drake.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 9:50:07 PM
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Reminds me of how much Naughty Dog likes and supports their lead characters. They never replaced Jak.

I always hate it when devs think they gotta "freshen up" the story.

It's like when Nero replaced Dante, when Raiden replace Snake...

It just doesn't work.

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 9:58:42 PM
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Years from now, when I have kids, I am going to be telling them about a video character named "Drake" XD

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playSTATION
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 9:59:43 PM
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as long as Naughty Dog keeps on making Uncharted games with Nathan Drake as the lead, i will keep on buying them.
We got Kratos, Jak, Sly, Ratchet, Sackboy, Kevin Butler and the list goes on and on.
now if Naughty Dog could only bring back Crash Bandicoot.

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godsman
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:27:46 PM

I will continue to purchase Uncharted games too as long as they keep up the quality. I'm not gonna blindly buy games like Final Fantasy unless there's some level of quality in it.

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Clamedeus
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 2:19:07 AM

Kevin Butler should have his own game, that's how awesome he is.

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 3:51:17 AM

And while we're all reminiscing around the keyboard about great titles, I wouldn't even mind getting some new game-play in with my ole bud, Spyro either.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 2:03:09 PM

Mortal Kombat 2, anyone? :D

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Snaaaake
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:15:25 PM
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Who the heck even brought up the subject of replacing Drake in the first place?
Drake is here to stay people!!

Oh speaking of the new Spiderman movie, yea, it hasn't even been 10 years since the first movie and voila, a reboot.

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godsman
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:33:37 PM
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I for one would like to see a new project from Naughty Dog after Uncharted 3. I don't want them to be remembered as the Call of Duty franchise, where they eventually flood the market with these games.

I want Uncharted 4 to feel as excited as MGS4 or GT5 launches, after not seeing it for a while. What I don't want is the feeling "Oh... I missed Black Ops this year... don't worry, I'll pick up MW3 when it releases."

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StangMan80
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:05:33 AM

^Thumbs up, dude :)

Yeah, that next project will be Crash Bandicoot.

Oh god, I hope not. The COD franchise is ridicules. Why the hell are people still buying it? Its the same thing year after year.
What is wrong with you people!?!?!

I loved, I mean really, really enjoyed COD4 MW. But then MW2 came, Everybody at school was talking about it, I remember the day it released. I didn't see no improvements and in my opinion it was a lot worse then its predecessor.



How about them Seahawks!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:25:39 PM

Uncharted won't saturate the market because it won't be released every year, or 3 times a year as COD will be soon.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:56:08 PM

Thing is... We're talking about Uncharted here. COD is basically all the same and that's why it's become such a mundane franchise. Although Uncharted has the same character for each installment, they change it up much more than COD. This is all IMO.

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tes37
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:34:35 PM
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Uncharted won't ever need a reboot at the rate Naughty Dog is going. Games like Tomb Raider need a reboot to breathe new life into them after the developers lose control of what made them appealing.

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cLoudou
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 10:39:49 PM
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Rats, I was looking forward to a Sully spinoff. Naked cartwheels and all.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:26:25 PM

Uncharted: Sully's Misfortune.

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Highlander
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:22:54 PM
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Coolness. I have to admit though, I'd love to see an Uncharted featuring an older, more grizzled Drake just for the heck of it. Worked for Snake, why not Drake?

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PasteNuggs
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:31:13 PM

Like Drake on his last adventure but he has a protege that doesn't suck to continue the series.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:32:30 PM

Yeah i agree. But later on, drake is still in his prime as is the series. Dont jump ahead to far to soon. Id hate forthat too happen then them try n back peddle with a prequal.

But what of he assumed the role of sully later on? In a new game far far far down the road that is.

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Highlander
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 2:34:28 AM

Oh definitely not now, unless it's some kind of flash-forward scene. But it'd be the way to end the series, whenever (if ever) they decide to.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:28:11 PM

They could do a whole game that begins with old drake remembering a case/heist/adventure that he never completed successfully with most of the game as his flashbacks. And then at the end old drake finally puts it together and solves the mystery.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:52:51 PM

I think we've found ND's next focus group! :D

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Alienange
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 11:29:17 PM
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If they can drag out a green tights wearing pansy every few years they can certainly bring out a new Drake adventure now and then.

Let's face it, when you've got a winning number, you don't go changing it up to see what might happen.

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shadowscorpio
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:27:48 AM

Too bad certain Devs do n't live by this philosophy.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:28:59 PM

Green Lantern?

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:51:24 PM

They're doing a reboot of that green tights wearing pansy... Oh, Hollywood. :Sigh:

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Lawless SXE
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:39:33 AM
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Well, that's good to know, because Nate is awesome. A reboot is rarely a good idea, and only worse for games.

Although I wouldn't mind seeing ND take a short, maybe five year break before UC4. Just so that they can come back with something that will blow UC3 away.
Peace.

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StangMan80
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:54:16 AM
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Drake is one of the best Video game characters ever. He will be back and not as a reboot. Uncharted 4 will be on the PS4...

Oh man I would love for ND to make a Crash Bandicoot game. That would just be the greatest thing ever. ND making Crash Bandicoot has to happen, it will happen.

So, any body hear anything about Solid Snake's next mission?



How about them Seahawks!!!


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Veitsknight
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:07:35 AM

A new Crash Bandicoot game MUST happen.

So far, the only new Metal Gear game is the one with Raiden being a cyborg ninja with white blood.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:30:10 PM

I was so happy the seahawks crushed the Saints. HATE the saints.

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Gordo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:11:55 AM
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I want Uncharted 4 to dump Nathan Drake and bring us Francis Drake instead!

Loads of pirate buxom wenches and Spanish zombies... Ends with Francis Drake swimming away from an empty casket in the sea!

;P

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Lawless SXE
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:24:20 AM

Sounds a bit like a new Pirates of the Carribean movie...

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Veitsknight
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:26:23 AM

I'd rather have Sully than Francis.

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___________
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 2:27:56 AM
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dam straight!
remove my favorite character, and suffer the wrath of hell!
hes such a charmer, and has a fantastic sense of humor.
mmmmm, its a shame you have to sit on something that nice.

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Highlander
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 2:36:03 AM

Are you authorized to unleash that wrath? I'm not sure, but anonymous cowherds don't rank highly in the nether realms - if memory serves, so I'm not entirely convinced that you have the authority to release that. A bad smell perhaps, but the wrath of hell? Way above your pay grade.

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___________
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 7:05:21 AM

i can release whatever i want thank you very much!
why does everyone on here have to be as mature as a 5 year old?
i dont call yous names.
fine, you want to act like 5 year olds than maybe i should follow suit.

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Simcoe
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 9:13:00 AM

I think what Highlander is ultimately hinting at is most of the community here has tired of your daily diatribes. Perhaps you wouldn't attract such negative or sarcastic comments if the vast majority of your posts weren't so negative and critical. Everyone can appreciate criticism but when that's all you bring to the discussion, people grow tired of it. I have noticed some positive comments recently, keep those up!
Also, people might take you more seriously if your writing style improved. An upper case is used on the first letter of a sentence and not all sentences need to be new paragraphs. I will say that your spelling and punctuation seems to have improved, I used to think that English wasn't your first language.

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tes37
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 9:25:20 AM

That's hilarious Highlander.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:31:47 PM

I am authorized to release the Kraken.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:49:00 PM

Oh man... He never fails to grab our attention!

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natho86
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 2:59:54 AM
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Anyone else replaying among thieves?? Its so good to go back through it again after not playing it for a while.

Im going for the platium trophy.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:32:10 PM

I'm replaying.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:47:11 PM

I WAS almost at Platinum on UC2, but the 1.09 update screwed my game over; thought I had to delete game data only, but had to delete just the update. Now I have to go and get all the treasures again because I deleted that game data...
Either way, I've played through UC2 SO many times, I lost track a while ago!

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Ludicrous_Liam
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 12:39:04 PM

Yh..for my 20th time :D

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qwerty__91
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 5:52:22 AM
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I'm also going for the platinum on Among Thieves. Just got a few more treasures and to complete it on crushing. Also a few "defeat an enemy with one punch after softening them up with gunfire" type trophies.

Uncharted is in the group of games that get bought no matter what people say about them. Along with Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid.

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Shams
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 6:21:19 AM
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I'm sure we're all cognizant and in fact, counting on ND to continue deliver industrial bar raising stuff with Drake. He's Sony's new mascot, especially now that Kratos is on sabbatical leave. And let's face it, unlike Kratos, Drake isn't restrained to any particular mythos. One can continue to have him in fresh, new, adventures without him being out of place.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 12:34:40 PM

And Drake has a personality.

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qwerty__91
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 8:01:02 AM
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New ps3 game -
GTA - The Kratos Chronicles

Lol

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swapnilgyani
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 8:01:34 AM
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I'm glad the Naughty Dog isn't thinking of expelling Drake anytime soon.

If the content begins to get formulaic, then one can think of it. As of today, Uncharted and Nathan Drake are far, faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar away from that mark.

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Godslim
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 8:50:00 AM
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good to know :) tho after u3 i would like to see and new jack and daxter game

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Kokushi
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 11:56:36 AM
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Great news, love UC2 (got my 2nd platinum).

But i want to see the scene with the hookers in church! LOL

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 1:44:21 PM
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Nathan Drake is the most amazing man ever. Period :)
I never had a favorite game character until Drake's Fortune came around. I thought it was going to be "just another Indian Jones" type guy, but I was really wrong. There's so much more to Drake than meets the eye. I'm really happy that ND is going to stick with Drake.
Love. That. Man :D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 2:08:53 PM
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Still, who wouldn't love a spin off with Sully or Chloe? Drake could just cameo.

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