Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer spoke to IGN about the possibility of the Uncharted series getting a PS4 remastering, as well as the return of classic franchises Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.
With the PS4 version of the Last of Us due this August and the unveiling of Uncharted 4 at E3, many have began to speculate whether the Uncharted Trilogy will be getting a PS4 makeover. Although not in development Meyer hinted that it could one day be a possibility;
“It’d be nice. It’s always nice to find ways to try and expand your audience…….I don’t know how we’d ever pull that off but I don’t want to say we wouldn’t do it. I think if everything aligns, we should make an attempt to look into it and do it as well.“
With Playstation Now (a gaming streaming service) set for worldwide release sometime next year, Naughty may never feel that a Uncharted PS4 re-release is essential. However, if fandom is influential enough I’m ever hopeful the studio will see the light.
However, when Meyer was pressed about the likelihood of a return of the Crash Bandicoot (rumoured to be making a return last year) or Jak & Daxter series, he admitted both games weren’t necessarily off the cards but the studio has no current plans.
“I don’t know if it’s playing to our strengths right now…..Right now, what’s exciting everyone at the studio is continuing to work on narrative-driven games with strong characters. I think, at least for the time being, we haven’t exhausted the possibilities there, but that could change with something as simple as hardware. That’s what drove it before. I think we’re on to something really good though creating character-driven stories so that’s where our focus is going to be.“
With a potential Last of Us sequel and Uncharted 4 potentially being the last Uncharted game in the series I imagine Naughty Dog will be looking to new and original story driven adventures in the future.