The release of video game developer Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has been beset and beleaguered by various setbacks behind the scenes over the course of the new title's development, though it would appear that the final installment in the Uncharted franchise is finally coalescing around a finished product. Anticipation for the final game featuring famed treasure hunter Nathan Drake is still high, making the fourth and final story in his legendary saga among the most highly anticipated games of 2016.
Of particular note, longtime series directors Amy Hennig and Justin Richmond saw their untimely exit from the project back in March 2014, at which point the original script was thrown out, leaving the new lead writers and directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Streley to pick up the pieces and start from scratch. Being tasked with bringing the Uncharted franchise to close is an undoubtedly monumental undertaking, though Druckmann and Streley appear self-assured that their new script is even better than the one Hennig and Richmond wrote.
According to a recent Associated Press interview published by The New York Times, Druckmann and Streley's final script for Uncharted 4 is entirely of their own make and a "100%" rewrite after tossing out the Hennig and Richmond penned first draft. When asked to comment on the narrative content and value of their new original story, which is set to explore the series' intrepid explorer's past, Streley stated:
"This is the biggest, most ambitious Uncharted, let alone game, that Naughty Dog has ever endeavored to take on. 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."
Coming off of their last collaborative success with Naughty Dog on The Last of Us, Druckmann and Streley might not just be tooting their own horns here, and with any luck Uncharted 4 will deliver with all of the hyperbole and hubris intimated by such a grandiose statement of seeming self-congratulation. Then again, the game was only just recently delayed for last minute motion capture work, which could result in the game being rushed to publication before all of the pieces are finally put into place.
Gamers still salivating for the final installment in the Uncharted series may still hold out hope that Druckmann and Streley will deliver on everything that they have promised thus far, and their stellar work on The Last of Us only serves to strengthen said conviction. Until the title finally sees release, future players will just have to wait patiently and hope that Naughty Dog doesn't let them down.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End will be available to purchase from all participating retailers for PlayStation 4 in the U.S. on April 26th, 2016.