Uncharted 4 is a critically acclaimed PS4 exclusive that brought a lot of new things to the table, however, the final version is very different from the original vision when Amy Hennig was attached to the project and now the scrapped Uncharted 4 features have been revealed.
These scrapped Uncharted 4 features were revealed in the Kotaku journalist Jason Schrier’s book titled “Blood, Sweat and Pixels”. According to the book, during the first half of the game, Nathan Drake would have only fought with his fists.
The reason behind Nathan using his fists was to remove the dissonance between the gameplay and storytelling as the series has been criticized for Drake’s portrayal as a “fun-loving hero” in cutscenes but, a mass murderer during the gameplay sections.
Another of the scrapped Uncharted 4 features was character switching in a particular scene to steal an artifact without raising suspicion. Also, another scrapped feature was a rhythm-based minigame where players would have to press buttons along with the music beat and Drake and Elena would dance towards the artifact.
Also, the story was quite different from the retail version as Drake’s brother Sam was supposed to be the main antagonist. Furthermore, millions of dollars spent on the original version were wasted after the departure of Amy Hennig and Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley took the full creative control over the project.
With the release of the Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Naughty Dog has clarified that they don’t have plans after The Lost Legacy and are happy to move away from the franchise. Also, the studio has also noted that another Uncharted from them is very unlikely as the studio has a lot of stuff going on for it.
I would say that Naughty Dog doing an Uncharted after this is unlikely. I would never say never, but we’ve got The Last of Us Part 2 on our plates and there’s so much other stuff that [we want to explore].
Uncharted 4 is a third-person action adventure game developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for PlayStation 4.