Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has been sailing some rough waters in recent months, but it looks like the sun is finally coming out for this epic story, which looks to be of the stars of the PS4's upcoming roster of games.
It was all the way back in November that we got the first teaser trailer for Uncharted 4, and it did a good job of whetting the appetite for this game. It showed an old (Pirate?) map of South Africa and Madagascar, scrawled with messages like 'I have lost everything' and stained with blood.
It also featured a haunting voiceover, of an unidentified character seemingly intent on revenge.
Take another look at that trailer here!
A Thief's End
Since that trailer was released, almost all the major developers at NaughtyDog, the creators of Uncharted 4 have been revealed to have left the company, and many predicted that the project was in some kind of crisis.
At E3 though, they released another trailer, which showed Drake washed up on an unidentified island, accompanied by another voiceover in which he was heard pleading for 'one last' job.
This, combined with the game's ominous subtitle "A Thief's End", seems a big hint that this may be the last outing for Drake.
In fact, Nolan North, the actor who plays Nathan Drake, has said as much:
"It’s bittersweet but at a certain point you want to go out on top. If this is the last one indeed, and I believe it’s the last one - nothing’s confirmed, but I believe it’s the last one Naughty Dog wants to do, in which case I hope somebody else doesn’t pick up the mantle because they’ve done it so well for so long - but yeah, it’s one of those things where you just have to cross that bridge when you get to it.
I like the idea of going out on top so we better do a hell of a job with this one… and it’s already looking pretty good."
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Mystery Pirate Villain Revealed?
So if we are to believe that this is the last Uncharted - or at least the last with Nathan Drake as the lead character - what can we expect from the game's plot?
Well, in order to answer that question, we have to go back to the first teaser trailer.
The Map revealed in the first trailer showed the southern tip of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, and, finally, Madagascar. The question is, why there? What's with the olden times map? And what does it all mean?
The key to understanding this may be revealed in this one still, where, amongst all the other writing on the map, the words can clearly be read:
"Every betrayed us all"
Captain Henry Every was a British pirate who operated in the late 17th century, and who won the fortune of a lifetime when he, with a number of other pirates, seized The Grand Mughal's Fleet, a treasure ship sailing from India.
It was the biggest prize ever taken by a pirate, and Every did not want to share it. It was rumored at the time that he betrayed all the other pirate captain he had fought alongside, and with his men made off with the treasure.
The incident caused an international scandal. The British, who had previously turned a blind eye to Every, put a price on his head and named him hostis humani generis - that is, an enemy of the human race.
He went for some time to the Bahamas, where he was able to live among corrupt Governors. When he was found out, though, he vanished. History does not record what happened to him. But one rumor became widespread.
Hodie Mecum Eris In Paradiso - A Pirate's Paradise
Back to the final image of the [Uncharted](movie:583414) 4: A Thief's End teaser trailer across a skull and crossbones the words are written "Hodie Mecum Eris In Paradiso", or in English "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise".
They are words spoken by Jesus in the Bible, but what do they mean?
Well as it happens, the main rumor about Captain Henry Every was that he returned to Madagascar, the setting for Uncharted 4, and set up a pirate utopia, or paradise.
No one knows if that is true, and judging by Every's reputation, it would not have stayed a paradise for long.
Could that be the island that Drake is wandering into? And those skeletons in cages, could that be what happened to Every's men?
It is unclear whether Uncharted 4 will have a section set in the past, or how Every's story will relate to that of the modern day Nathan Drake, relative of that other famous pirate Francis Drake - but it seems clear that Captain Henry Every will somehow be invoked in the plot of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Exactly how, we will have to wait and see.
But do you agree that Henry Every's story will feature in the PS4's upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief's End? Do you have any theories of your own about the game? If so, get involved in the comments section below!