Uncharted 5 is a long time off—if it ever happens—but we can't see Naughty Dog abandoning this popular universe quite yet. With that in mind, we asked the PSLS staff what they wanted to see from a potential Uncharted 5, if and when the next Uncharted game happens.
I feel as though another Uncharted is inevitable, but I personally see Naughty Dog taking a step away from the franchise for a bit. The last few years they have been exclusively focused on Uncharted and The Last of Us, and I would like to see them flex their muscles on a brand-new IP. But since the question is about Uncharted, my belief is that Lost Legacy was a bit of a test-run for the future of the franchise. Uncharted as a franchise won't be going away any time soon. It may not be in Naughty Dog's hands since Uncharted 4 was such a definitive ending, but we will see it in some form or another.
Originally I would have said Uncharted is Nathan Drake's story. Now that Lost Legacy has come out, however, I think what Naughty Dog should do is make each game a stand-alone story featuring the new heists of a different character. Whether it be Cassie, or maybe even going to the early days of Sully, there's a world of characters to explore. Lost Legacy also had the perfect length for this type of story. For me, Uncharted 4 was a case of a game that was too long and had too much bloat. While everyone loves a good world-spanning adventure, sometimes a more focused story that's a little smaller in scope is the way to go.
As much as I love Uncharted, I'm ready for it to rest. Or, more accurately, I'm ready for Drake to take a rest. If Uncharted continues, which it most likely will, then I'd prefer it to shift to other characters.
All I want from Uncharted 5 is the time back that I wasted playing Uncharted 1-3.
I am going to completely ignore Janet's post. If the team at Naughty Dog feels they have a great idea to continue the series then I will support them fully. I like the idea of maybe Drake's kid in a new adventure with Daddy Drake showing her the way.
What I'd love to see from Uncharted 5 is a God of War-styled refresh that changes the game we think we know. Uncharted 4 did a great job already moving in that direction, eschewing the supernatural elements for a story that was far more personal for Nathan Drake. Uncharted 5 could present an out-of-the-game Drake forced to get back into it once more for the sake of his daughter. Gameplay could switch between the two. The world could be more open like God of War's. There's a lot of potential here if they aren't rehashing the same old game again and again.
Alternatively, it's hard to believe that Drake only went on four adventures in his life (five if we count Golden Abyss). Let's start exploring some of those old adventures that made the ol' half-tuck who he is today.
I feel like the Uncharted: The Lost Legacy standalone expansion was a test. Could an Uncharted game do well without Nathan Drake? Would the series' supporting characters be strong enough to carry their own game? Might people be willing to accept female leads? Considering it ended up being critically acclaimed and was said to have sold over 590,000 in its first week at retail, according to VGChartz's information for the week ending August 26 2017, I would like to hope it passed. (Editor's Note: VGChartz is notoriously unreliable, based on estimates and other hazy metrics).
So, what would this mean for the future? Well, in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, we are introduced to Cassie Drake, the daughter of Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher. My belief is that a new Uncharted will appear, and she will be the star. The final installment in Nate's storyline went out of its way to introduce Cassie and establish that she shares her parents' passion for treasure hunting. The standalone expansion starred Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, capable women who admirably handled themselves. I think Uncharted 6 will be Cassie's story, and we will see her carry on her parents' legacy on the PlayStation 5.
Uncharted is such a powerhouse for SIE that I can't imagine Naughty Dog's franchise will lay dormant for very long. So by the time The Last of Us Part II has come and gone, and Naughty Dog (potentially) puts out the feelers for a new IP, I'd like to see Uncharted 5 carry on the Drake legacy, even if it means shifting the focus over to young Cassie Drake as was teased during A Thief's End.
Uncharted needs a rest. Naughty Dog has a lot of talent and I'd like to see something new and fresh from them. Should they choose to continue the series (and I believe the devs were also gauging interest in this via The Lost Legacy), they should continue with a different character and retire Drake. There's always appetite for swashbuckling in exotic locations in video games but we're seeing a lot of similar games now so to maintain an edge, Naughty Dog will not only need to introduce new characters but also think about how they can switch things up.