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Writing Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Creative director Neil Druckmann and writer Josh Scherr talk about the writing process for Uncharted 4 and how they’re evolving the character of Nathan Drake.

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  1. Having just replayed Uncharted 123 I feel like he's commenting on how they were often written, on the notion that exposition should be handled properly.

    All of the games have these exposition dumps where Drake geeks out over whatever historic figure he's chasing or some myth he's trying to decipher. The good thing in all those scenes were how Drake was really into it, one characters would cut to the chase "here's what he's saying, alright?" and Sully or someone else would be the wisecrack going "Pretend I don't care for a sec, will ya?"

    It made sure that there was a version of the plot-exposition for everyone. Going on forums you always see fans that are really into the mythos of a series discussing the canon and lore like it was real history, and to those, these exposition dumps might be totally fine, but for others it's nice that there's a character to relate to that think like themselves and just cut straight to the point.

    That said, what I got from this is that I guess Neil has been trying to scatter exposition out differently in Uncharted 4 than in the other 3 games, perhaps like The Last of Us where the invested gamer can pick up extra lore-tidbits of written pages and maybe Drake and Co. will just sort of give us the basic rundown or let you know why it's important to know about Marco Polo's secret lover from 1299 or something.

  2. I love how the guy from God of War said complex characters. Hopefully they can do something with Kratos in the new one. Looks like game of the year material.

  3. Kojima and Druckmann are hands down my favorite game directors. I particularly love how they take pretty opposite approaches to writing, and yet both create stellar and deeply moving games like no others.

  4. I always loved how they made their story in medias res . It's amazing how over the years this technique works flawlessly on amazing storytelling.

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