Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the fourth featured title in the video game franchise from developer Naughty Dog, will be the final globe-trotting adventure from world renowned fortune hunter Nathan Drake. Since the game's inception, Drake and his companions have enjoyed plenty of high-octane, puzzle-solving adventures that have served to give the likes of Lara Croft a run for her money. One of the major appealing factors of the game has been its stellar voice acting, headed up by Nolan North, who brings the aforementioned Nathan Drake to life.
Fellow voice actor Alan Tudyk was cast in a major supporting role for the franchise's fourth outing, until he chose to walk away from the project. Though he has taken leave from the final game, Tudyk is just now citing his grievances with Naughty Dog, which led to his departure.
According to IGN, Tudyk explained that he wasn't entirely satisfied with some changes made to the forthcoming video game's script, though the actor was reticent to comment on whether he made the decision to leave the project himself or not. In conversation the actor said:
"I worked on Uncharted, the one that has yet to come out, I was doing a role on that. Really, I hadn't seen [Nolan] since he and I had recorded years before. I liked it...they...ummm...they fired...ummm...I left. I quit! So, I didn't like it. I mean, I left because they decided to go a different way with it, and so when they did that, when they changed leadership, it made my contract null and void and I was able to take that opportunity to walk away, which was great because I got the experience of doing it, I made some friends, not with Naughty Dog, but I made some friends with the people that left."
Some of the people who left with Tudyk have since decided to appear on the actor's new web series Con Man, which co-stars fellow Firefly alumnus Nathan Fillion, and takes place within the world of comic book super-fandom and geek culture that he has come to know so well over the years as a character actor. Most notably, voice-actor Todd Stashwick decided to leave Naughty Dog to pursue a spot on the new web series, as Tudyk corroborated:
"Todd Stashwick was in that as well who is in Con Man and he did the same thing I did which was 'yeah we're gonna leave now. Y'all are making some weird changes, we're gonna leave'. Sorry Nolan, we left you, we just walked away, we abandoned him."
Abandoning former co-worker North doesn't look great, and Tudyk's ambiguous statements regarding his former employer are troubling, but it's worth noting that North does appear in Con Man, so perhaps there are no hard feelings there. On that note, hopefully, Tudyk's new show will be a runaway hit with fans of the actor's work, as it appears unlikely that Naughty Dog will be calling him anytime soon for new work in the near future.
As for Uncharted 4, Tudyk's comments are certainly curious. Making changes during production is not unheard of, but changes that were considered "weird" enough to drive away voice talent is another thing entirely. It is unlikely the specific changes that led to Tudyk and Stashwick's departure will be revealed before the game hits store shelves, but fans can always hope for an Uncharted retrospective down the line, to shed some light on the issue.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be available to purchase from supporting retailers in the U.S. on PlayStation 4 on March 18th, 2016.