Battlefield Writer and Jak & Daxter Veteran Join Uncharted 4 Writing Team

The Last of Us’ sole writer Neil Druckmann won’t be working alone on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, it has been today confirmed.

In an interview with Game Informer, it was revealed that Tom Bissell and Josh Scherr will be joining forces with Druckmann to write the script for the upcoming PS4 exclusive. Both have a strong pedigree, with Bissell helping to write the scripts of Gears of War: Judgment and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, as well as the upcoming Battlefield: Hardline, while Scherr has been with Naughty Dog since development began on Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy back in 2001, mainly in an animation role.

In the interview, Druckmann and Scherr spoke of the challenges faced in storytelling and the complexities of developing Uncharted 4’s characters and building relationships between them.

One of the many trademarks of the Uncharted series is the quick-witted nature of protagonist Nathan Drake, so it may come as surprising news to fans that Druckmann actually finds it hard to write comedy, as he revealed in the video. When questioned on the subject, Druckmann quipped: “That’s why I have Josh! Josh is the funny one.”

The pair added that they balance each other out and bounce ideas off one another, with Scherr’s comedy being juxtaposed with the darkness of Druckmann’s writing.

When asked about how he is getting on with the Naughty Dog team, Scherr said: “I’m having a great time. It’s a real challenge, and every day I come in and I am inspired by what all my co-workers are doing… so it’s up to me, Neil and Tom to craft a story and characters that are worthy of all the hard work that everybody else is putting into it. It’s a big challenge, and a big responsibility.”

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