What happens when you've run out of ideas for the next game and its co-creator has long left the studio? One idea is to go back to the first game, if only to give yourself more time to find ideas for a sequel. It worked, somewhat, for The Last of Us Part 1 earlier this year. Sony and Naughty Dog might as well do the same with an iconic Naughty Dog franchise.
According to Theleak.co, Sony is working on a reboot of the first Uncharted game. However, for the first time in franchise history, Naughty Dog will not be the developers. Instead, Naughty Dog will serve as a supporting studio for the "unknown developer" with the reboot.
Naughty's Dog IPs have often been a target for reboots and/or remakes by Sony. The first reboot was Ratchet & Clank, which came out in 2016 to tie into the release of the animated film adaptation of the same name. Then, Naughty Dog released The Last of Us Part 1 earlier this year for the PS5, with a PC port coming at a later date. If we were to speculate, Sony might officially announce the reboot at a later date, presumably when it confirms the all-but-confirmed live-action Uncharted sequel.
With that said, we're curious to find out which studio Sony will trust to work on the reboot of Uncharted. It's a massive multi-media property with over 44 million copies sold in a little over a decade. If the rumors are true, Sony will need to make sure the "unknown developer" is up to the task. Otherwise, it risks sullying (get it?) the good name of Nathan Drake and the Uncharted franchise.
Naughty Dog is currently working on a multiplayer spin-off to The Last of Us. Older reports claimed Sony wanted Bend Studio to work on a spin-off to Uncharted but it declined so it can start development on an open-world IP.
It will be interesting who will get a chance to develop the Uncharted reboot.
For now, fans can look forward to checking out Amy Hennig's upcoming games. After leaving Naughty Dog in 2014, the long-time Uncharted director and writer lent her hand to Battlefield: Hardline and Forspoken. She's now the head of a new division over at Skydance Media, which is currently working on a still-unrevealed Star Wars game as well as a Marvel project featuring Black Panther and Captain America.