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Actor Todd Stashwick No Longer Involved With Uncharted 4

If you saw the Uncharted teaser that premiered at the PlayStation 4 launch event, you heard the voice of actor Todd Stashwick. We recently reported that he was joining former Naughty Dog writer and Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig at Visceral Games to work on that studio’s Star Wars project.

In the wake of that move, Naughty Dog has decided to recast Stashwick’s role in the upcoming fourth installment of the Uncharted series. The actor has confirmed the news with IGN. Because so little has been shared about Uncharted, we don’t know how much of an impact this has.

In addition to Amy Hennig’s departure, The Last of Us lead artist Nate Wells and Uncharted director Justin Richmond have also left. 

[Source: IGN]

 

Our Take
Naughty Dog seems to be in a state of upheaval, and while the studio has asserted that the Uncharted 4 timeline is unaffected (at least as recently as Richmond’s departure), it’s hard to believe that the game will be ready in 2014. We’ll likely know more at E3.

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Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig To Lead Star Wars Project At Visceral Games

EA has announced the hiring of former Naughty Dog writer and creative director Amy Hennig. Hennig joins Dead Space studio Visceral Games as creative director on that studios Star Wars project.

“As both a colleague and friend, I’ve always admired her approach to creative development – focusing on nailing down the soul of a game first, and then making sure the writing, the gameplay, the design and the art comes together to form a unified, interactive experience for the player,” writes Visceral general manager Steve Papoutsis. He goes on to say that Star Wars was one of things that got Hennig to say “yes” to EA and Visceral.

Hennig departed Naughty Dog suddenly last month. For more on her career, check out a piece written by senior features editor Matt Helgeson.

[Source: EA]

 

Our Take
Hennig’s hiring at Visceral makes me excited for that studio’s new Star Wars game. I’ve long been a fan of hers, and having her work on the franchise considered to be the geek Holy Grail is an exciting prospect indeed.

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Minecraft PS3 update adds blocky skins from Uncharted, Heavy Rain, more

When the PlayStation Network is next updated, those playing Minecraft on the PlayStation 3 will find two new skin packs available for purchase. One features koalas and cavemen, while the other focuses on the most famous faces of the PlayStation…
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Uncharted director Richmond leaves Naughty Dog for Riot Games

Naughty Dog’s Justin Richmond, who served as game director on both Uncharted 3 and the studio’s upcoming PlayStation 4 game Uncharted 4, has announced that he has left the company to join up with Riot Games. …


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Uncharted writer Amy Hennig no longer at Naughty Dog

Uncharted writer and creative director Amy Hennig parted ways with Naughty Dog this week, and the circumstances surrounding her departure aren’t clear. Following an IGN report claiming Hennig left her post on March 3, Sony confirmed with the site…
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Uncharted Writer And Director Amy Hennig Departs Naughty Dog

Amy Hennig, writer and director for Naughty Dog's Uncharted, Uncharted 2, and Uncharted 3 for has left the studio.

A representative from Sony offered a statement via e-mail regarding Hennig's departure saying, "We can confirm that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog. Amy has made significant contributions to the game industry and we appreciate all she has done for Naughty Dog. The development timeline of Uncharted will not be impacted." Hennig was working on Uncharted 4 before leaving the studio.

Unconfirmed reports from IGN say according to "numerous trusted sources," Hennig was "forced out" of Naughty Dog by The Last of Us directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, and that the two will take over development on Uncharted 4.

[Source: IGN]

 

Our Take
This is disappointing news. Whether Hennig's departure from Naughty Dog was voluntary or not, she was a crucial part of the studio and the Uncharted franchise.

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Uncharted movie passes to King of Kong director Seth Gordon

Seth Gordon, the man behind The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, is the latest director in talks to helm the Uncharted movie. Deadline reported on Tuesday that production company Arad/Atlas Entertainment brought Gordon on to direct a new script…
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Rumor: King Of Kong Director May Helm Uncharted Film

Seth Gordon, the director behind the comedy Horrible Bosses and the documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, is apparently in negotiations to direct the film adaptation of Uncharted.

Deadline is reporting the rumor saying that Gordon is currently in negotiations to direct the film based on the Naughty Dog franchise with a script written by David Guggenheim. Guggenheim wrote the film Safe House, which was directed by Daniel Espinosa. Espinosa is similarly in negotiations to direct the Assassin's Creed movie.

Gordon is the third director who has been attached to the project. David O. Russel, director of the the recent American Hustle, was attached at one time with a story about a family of treasure hunters. Another time, Neil Burger, director of Limitless, was also attached to direct the film, but backed out.

[Source: Deadline]

 

Our Take
Gordon doesn't have much action directing experience, but he does have experience with video games and directing comedy, which seems like it could be a good fit for a movie based on a video game about a smart-mouthed treasure hunter. I still would love to see the David O. Russel Uncharted film just because I am a fan of his work, but it seems like that ship has long since sailed.

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New Uncharted gives PS4 owners something to look forward to

Sony moved to up the incentive to own a PlayStation 4 at the console’s launch last night by teasing a new title in Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series. …


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Uncharted Returns For PlayStation 4

In a brief teaser, Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Belestra announced that Uncharted will be coming back. There are hints in the trailer, but the voice over isn’t Nolan North as Nathan Drake.

The pair of developers declined to share any additional details. Here’s hoping that more news comes soon.

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