Uncharted was Envisioned as a Fantasy Franchise


NowGamer spoke with former Naughty Dog employee Don Poole, and he spilled the beans about some previously unknown Uncharted history.

We were talking about a more ‘realistic’ game in terms of how it was modelled and rendered but the concepts were much more far out. One was a forest world where the antagonists lived underground. It had elements of Tolkien in for sure.

Sony kept pushing for a more realistic game in all respects. The market had changed a lot by then. The demographic was older and gritty shooters were really dominating. Sony wanted very much to get into that market share, it pushed all of its developers in this direction.

We had a lot of internal grumbling about the realist bent. More of the old dogs were from the Crash and Jak era and preferred that more whimsical style. But alas, that was a losing battle.

Jesus Christ, there’s no reason to be so sad about it. They only went on to make what is probably one of the two or three best franchises this generation. Hell, Uncharted is easily the best thing Naughty Dog has ever done, and everybody can’t effing wait for Uncharted 3. Stop whining.

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