The Uncharted series is kind of a big deal. Partly that's because it came to define the incredibly possibilities of the previous generation of consoles with blockbuster production value and impressive gameplay. But also because it's a great story filled with memorable characters, and none more so than Nathan Drake.
My own journey with Drake goes back to 2009 when I first got around to picking up a PS3. I had a massive back catalogue of games to get through from the first couple of years of the console but none was more pressing than Uncharted - mostly because the release date for the sequel was fast approaching. And getting to play both of those games in quick succession was quite the revelation, especially the strong but vulnerable and frequently hilarious character of Drake.
Now, his latest adventure is getting close(ish) to release and after a trilogy plus one, it's been a long road for the character and the players. So this news, while sad, isn't all that surprising.
That's Uncharted 4 game director Neil Druckman confirming that this will be the last game in the series. Given the subtitle - A Thief's End - and the fact that Naughty Dog previously only talked about the story as a trilogy, this shouldn't come as much of a shock. But it does bring up further questions - like will Naughty Dog actually kill off Nathan Drake in this last entry?
Impossible to know just yet but it would be a fittingly poetic end for the series, and might even leave things open for some kind of spin off in the future.
Uncharted 4 A Thief's End is coming in early 2016.