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Uncharted 4 Story Changed "100 Percent" After Hennig Left

Last year, Uncharted actor Nolan North said the departure of lead writer Amy Hennig from Naughty Dog set the project back 8 months.

Apparently, there was a very good reason.

In a new AP interview with creative director Neil Druckmann, we find the story changed "100 percent" after Druckmann and producer Bruce Straley came on board after Hennig and Justin Richmond left. Druckmann and Straley worked on the first two Uncharted titles and the breakout new IP The Last Of Us, and were named co-directors of Uncharted 4 in June 2014.

Changing the story "100 percent" sounds daunting and perhaps a little concerning on the part of the fan but hey, we've got faith. Elsewhere in the interview, Straley said the new Uncharted is the "biggest, most ambitious" game Naughty Dog has ever made:

"We want to do this justice. We want it to be a mind-blowing, eye-popping, sweaty-palms adventure. Everybody is bleeding out of their eye sockets to make it come together. We want to make sure Drake is sent off properly."

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is scheduled to launch on April 26 exclusively for PlayStation 4. This past week, the team released what they called the "best trailer they'd ever done;" if you missed it, check it out here. It's just plain incredible:

Related Game(s): Uncharted 4

Tags: uncharted 4 a thiefs end, uncharted ps4, uncharted sequel

2/28/2016 9:07:59 PM Ben Dutka

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FM23
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 9:42:36 PM
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I've said this before and I will say it again, I love this change. After the lacking UC3 and that special game called Last of Us, Hennig could use a break and these guys can go ahead and work their magic on Uncharted. The game looks awesome.

Hopefully this goes as planned though. GOW wasn't the same after Jaffe left, and that new director for GOWIII really changed the overall feel in a direction I didn't like. I can see this same thing happening here, but hopefully not.

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big6
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 10:18:27 AM

I actually really liked what Cory Barlog did with GoW2. That would stand as my favourite GoW in the series.

GoW3 would've been great, except for the 'purgatory' part at the end. That was super annoying.
There was a similar scene in Uncharted 3 where Drake is drugged... again, super annoying, and should've been left out completely.

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bigrailer19
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 12:31:54 PM

Big - I have no issues with any of the GoW games, I also thought 2 was amazing. I really liked 3 also from a game play standpoint. Story wasn't a bright spot but it's easy to let go because it was obvious what Kratos mission was - Revenge. They tackled that by not creating a great story but a great way to play out that story. It worked, I don't fault it. It was genius in its own right.

I enjoyed Uncharted 3 but that scene you mentioned is also one that bugged me among a few others. Again I don't fault it or blame it on bad writing, just not good implementation.

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Crabba
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 4:39:23 PM

big6 Completetely agree! That ending part in GoW3 & the drugged scenes in uc3 were really annoying and for me pretty much the only negative that brought those games down a notch.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 9:53:29 PM
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I became worried that very day as I read of Henning's leaving.

And UC4 may still be great now, but......

I'll always be wondering for the rest of time if Amy's & the others departures didn't wind up downgrading & diluting the storyline's final outcome somewhat.

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big6
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 10:19:45 AM

Is this a reference to... Destiny? lol

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Jawknee
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 10:07:00 PM
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Nope. The Last of Us team is better at narrative than Hennig.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 10:18:27 PM

Eh... maybe. What Hennig does with her scripts and narratives though is super good. I will say it may just be an Uncharted thing, but the cohesion between the writing and characters, unmatched by anything.

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Jawknee
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 7:58:15 PM

Yea I don't agree. I didn't particularly care for any of the relationships in Uncharted on a meaningful level like in The Last of Us. Joel and his daughter, Joel and his brother, Joel and Tes, Joel and Ellie etc. all of those were deep. Uncharted's were pretty superficial in comparison.

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bigrailer19
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 8:42:00 PM

Yeah I completely understand what you mean. But its the writing and the way that the characters interact in Uncharted that grabs me. Their relationships are those I can associate with and that's pretty meaningful to me.

Nothing against TLOU by any means. I couldn't justifiably discredit any of the writing in that game.

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Jawknee
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 10:58:31 PM

Yea don't get me wrong. The writing and interactions are top notch. We agree on that.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, February 28, 2016 @ 10:31:08 PM
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Not surprised. Honestly they would have too. I just hope they don't change the feel, and interaction between characters.

I wasn't too fond of the story in Uncharted 3 as many others but it wasn't because the writing was bad. I just didn't like the direction. Furthermore I was a little peturbed regarding Drakes child hood and back story. But that's all preference stuff.

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Crabba
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 4:06:53 AM
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I'm worried & I'm not. It's kinda weird why they felt they had to change the entire story after Hennig "left", my main concern is that they've changed too much, and changed the way the characters are and with that change the tone & feel of the game, which would be very bad.

On the other hand, it IS Naughty Dog and they've never failed me before, and I'm confident they've made changes that make sense to make the game better.

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Snaaaake
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 6:42:07 AM
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Hennig and Richmond's departure never bothered me.
Straley directed UC2 and TLOU, both games were sick so I'm actually relieved Straley is back cause UC3 which was directed by Richmond, was kinda underwhelming.

Then there's Druckmann, co-wrote for UC2 and written for TLOU?
I don't know about you guys but I think he's good enough to fill the gap left by Hennig.

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maxpontiac
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 1:45:42 PM

Indeed!!

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Jawknee
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 7:49:46 PM

Druckman and Straley co directed the last of us together.

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JackieBoy
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 7:20:34 AM
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I'm glad. The U3 story was weak for me and the childhod Drake parts were boring. Henning needed to go.
Now, I can see the touch of TloU "matureness" in U4 and I love it.

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Jawknee
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 7:52:30 PM

Lol so stand by me wasn't a mature movie because it's cast consisted of kids?

U3 was plenty mature. It just wasn't as good as U2.

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Underdog15
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 9:47:34 AM
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They were doomed from the start of their existence if their entire success relied on any one person.

TLOU was a significantly better narrative. I'm not even a little worried. And why should anyone be worried? No one should be worried about Naughty Dog until they actually prove themselves even capable of making a shitty game.

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Oxvial
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 11:53:46 AM
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I'm going to be honest, I'm not a fan of Uncharted history at all, I think if anything it gonna improve the game a lot.

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maxpontiac
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 1:44:51 PM
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Honest question...

How can anyone be worried about Uncharted 4? That story trailer should have relieved any worries one may be having over this game.

Uncharted 2 is the best of game of the series for many people, and critically and emotionally speaking, The Last of Us is one of those games no one will forget.

Where is the problem?

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bigrailer19
Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 5:45:36 PM

For me there is no problem. I'm on board 100%. But if I were to pick something that worries me is it would be the difference in writing. Hennig was good at what she does and what she did for Uncharted is what brought it to life. It's colorful, fastpaced and intense with action. While TLOU was dark, survival type slow and suspenseful.

So the worry would be making Drake and his relationships more dark and not as outgoing as they are in Uncharted. Although I didnt mind it in TLoU im hoping the language doesnt migrate over. Furthermore the story taking a darker approach would worry me.

On one hand the first trailer with the Jeep chase is vintage Uncharted. On the other they've said this will be darker. But alas I'm not going to worry because I love the games and I love ND. They make it hard to be worried.

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