Naughty Dog’s action-adventure third-person shooter, Uncharted (series) was almost named something else, according to co-president Evan Wells.
In an interview with IGN, Wells recalls, “The funny story behind [this] is, we put together this trailer for E3 to announce our game. But we didn’t have a name yet.
We had no idea what we were going to call it. We brainstormed a bunch of ideas. ‘Uncharted,’ actually, was on the table for a while. We went away from it.”
He adds, “Finally, for E3, we needed a name. We put the name in the trailer. It was going to be Uncharted. We made our peace with it and said, ‘okay, this is going to be awesome.’
We were all ready to go out with [Uncharted], And then former PlayStation Executive Vice-President [current Microsoft Corporate Vice-President] Phil Harrison caught wind of it, and he’s like, ‘no, we can’t name it Uncharted.’
In the UK, if you have a game that’s ‘uncharted,’ that means it didn’t do well, it didn’t crack the Top 10. So he said, ‘no, we can’t do that.’”
Wells futher adds, “But we had this trailer we were showing in the press conference. He says, ‘that’s okay, just don’t put a name on it.’ We’re like, ‘uh, okay.’ We had this whole end slate ready to go.
I guess we’ll put the Naughty Dog logo up there? The [trailer] ends and it just says ‘Naughty Dog,’ and we still didn’t know what to call it.
That’s when the ‘Dude Raider’ thing started coming up, lamenting the title some folks on the Internet gave it in the absence of a real name. It appeared to be similar in nature to Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider franchise, after all.
And then three months later, [Harrison] came around and said, ‘okay, you can do it,” he concluded.
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