Something is brewing behind closed doors at Naughty Dog. Could a recent hint suggest an Uncharted 5 being in development?
The clues seem to suggest they are. Sony’s San Diego studio is seemingly working on a new game that is allegedly one of their “existing franchises.”
More evidence has appeared on LinkedIn following Michael Mumbauer’s departure from Sony last year. On his profile, there’s a part that reads Mumbauer’s latest achievement is:
“Having built a brand new, all-star, AAA action/adventure development team for PlayStation," which "was assembled to expand upon existing franchises and craft all-new stories for the next generation of gamers."
But here’s where it gets interesting, the San Diego studio doesn’t have anything to do with Uncharted games. This has led many to speculate that Sony has set up a second studio in the city, whose goal it is to work on Sony’s “existing franchises.”
This lines up with Mumbauer’s LinkedIn post, which lends more evidence to the idea that Sony has created a second secret studio. And that they are currently working on a triple-A title, which is from an existing franchise - like an Uncharted 5.
Uncharted 5 - Naughty Dog Allegedly Moving Developers to San Diego
The question is, what is the game Mumbauer is referencing above? Also, is there any connection between that game and the rumors that Naughty Dog is moving staff members to San Diego to work on another mystery title?
Could they be one and the same? We think they could be. It makes sense, especially since the PS5 came out. It’s natural that Sony would want one of their biggest franchises to on their new console.
An Uncharted 5 would give the PS5 a real edge over the Xbox Series X. Uncharted is still wildly popular, not to mention a Sony exclusive. This is once there is more PS5 stock of course.
If Sony has set up a new studio in San Diego, is working on a triple-A title, and is moving Naughty Dog employees to said studio; then an Uncharted game seems probable.
Of course, it could also be a new The Last of Us game. But it seems far too soon for that. The sequel to The Last of Us 2 will likely need a lot more development time.
Yet, the game Mumbauer is mentioning could have been partially developed in the time he was there. Obviously, that doesn’t mean the game is finished or close to ready yet.
What Would an Uncharted 5 Look Like?
Uncharted 4 felt pretty conclusive. Nate and Elena settled down in a beach house and had a daughter, heavily implying their life of adventuring is behind them.
Based on this, we think Nathen Drake’s story is over. But as we discovered in Uncharted: Lost Legacy, there’s plenty of stories still to tell.
In that game we played as Chloe Frazer, could the series carry on with her? Let’s not forget Nate’s brother Sam is also in the wind.
Then there’s Nate and Elena’s daughter, Cassie. Could she get the same treasure hunting bug her father, uncle, and ancestor, Sir Francis Drake all had?
Sony and Naughty Dog haven’t said anything about an Uncharted sequel officially, but something is going on in San Diego.
Uncharted isn’t the only PS5 game apparently on the horizon; we’ve also spotted some major Battlefield 6 leaks.
It’s a good time for Battlefield; after all, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War was 2020's biggest selling game, even though fans complaining that its split-screen is broken.