The Uncharted franchise is undeniably one of, if not the best franchise to be born on the PlayStation 3 since the launch of the console back in 2006. With Naughty Dog recently opening the floodgates to the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception online multiplayer beta, fans of the franchise find themselves happier than ever and thoroughly enjoying Naughty Dog’s latest offering. With that said, one must not forget where the franchise began in 2007 with the release of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune that shocked the world. Read more to see what Co-President of Naughty Dog, Evan Wells, had to say about the early development of the Uncharted franchise and how its early stages have been compared to 2K’s very own, Bioshock.
During an interview earlier this week with GameInformer, Evan Wells spoke on how Uncharted has “went through a lot of iterations with different ideas”. As all Uncharted players know, the Uncharted franchise displays arguably the most realistic water effects of any other video game on the market today and was the focus of Naughty Dog’s very first tech demo for Uncharted. Evan went on to describe one of their earlier concepts for Uncharted and had this to say in regards to its relation to Bioshock.
“In one of the early concepts we had, the game was going to take place in some underwater facility. Actually, it had a resemblance to BioShock. It was funny because we read an interview with Ken Levine and he was saying that one of their initial concepts was this tropical island and I was like, ?Wow, we?re both crossing paths there with those ideas.? We started off building this underwater facility. It was in our first green light video we put together when we were pitching the idea to Sony to show off our water tech and how we evolved into getting all the different types of water in Uncharted: Drake?s Fortune.”
So it seems both Ken Levine, creative director and co-founder of Irrational Games, and Evan Wells, co-president of Naughty Dog, both take a large role in two of the most critically claimed studios that seem to think alike.
Is it just me, or would you all like to see Naughty Dog tackle this early concept? Let me know in the comment section and if I receive enough feedback, I will be sure to forward it onto the right people at the Naughty Dog team! Just imagine Naughty Dog developing an underwater title implementing the same engine used to render the water effects in the Uncharted franchise! I personally feel this would make for an amazing gameplay experience, especially when put into the hands of a studio such as Naughty Dog!