Naughty Dog has become one of the best game developers in the industry. Offering such hits as the Uncharted series and The Last of Us. Through these two franchises, fans have flocked to any sort of news or medium that is centered around the games. Take the Uncharted film, for instance, it has enjoyed quite some great success even with the timeline being that of a younger Nathan Drake. Now the game developer has some rather disappointing news. One of the games is being permanently shut down. The spin-off mobile game, Uncharted: Fortune Hunter, is being discontinued. The game studio announced this on Twitter. You can see the official release below:
Naughty Dog referred to the announcement as a “retirement notice.” The Twitter post also states that all in-game purchases will be disabled as well as downloading the game off iOS and Good Play stores. Fans who have already had the game downloaded can still play for the time being, though the developer is going to be shutting the game down and removing it from everyone’s phones very soon. There is no timetable about when Uncharted: Fortune Hunter will be shut down, but enjoy it while you still can, that is if you have it downloaded already. Naughty Dog is likely too busy with their upcoming titles to allocate time for this mobile game, and they are shutting it down because of that. This is just conjecture, but hopefully, that is the case considering the studio hasn’t released anything new since The Last of Us 2 in 2020.
On top of everyone waiting for a new game announcement, the studio is also involved with the live-action The Last of US show that is being developed for HBO and HBO Max. There are rumors going around that a Jak & Daxter reboot could be on its way at some point. Whatever they have coming down the pipeline, it could require the full studio’s attention. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves edition was also just released on PS5, so that could have taken up plenty of the studio’s time to develop. That collection included a next-gen version of Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Though there have been no announcements thus far about where the studio may go next, the creative director of the Uncharted series has made it known that the franchise is “a world we want to see more of.”
The usual case for studios that abandon certain titles means they don’t have the workforce to dedicate themselves to multiple projects, or that project just isn’t lucrative enough to be attended to. Epic Games did that same thing with their third-person perspective MOBA, Paragon. The game was released on PlayStation, only to be abandoned when Fortnite took off. That is understandable considering the cultural phenomenon that Fortnite became. Though Uncharted: Fortune Hunter is, unfortunately, being shut down, it could mean that Naughty Dog is developing something great right now. That is the hope at least. Fans of the series can enjoy their mobile spin-off for as long as possible, or switch to replaying Uncharted 4 on the PS5, until a new game is announced or on its way. Assuming everyone is lucky enough to have one.