This prototype of Uncharted’s Nathan Drake is, uh, interesting

By Brenna Hillier, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 01:30 GMT

Uncharted lives and breathes because its protagonist, Nathan Drake, is so likeable. Thank goodness Naughty Dog didn’t go with its first idea.

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When Uncharted was first pitched, Naughty Dog had quite a different look in mind for its leading man.

The Verge has a fascinating feature detailing the earliest development of what was then known as Project Big, including a pitch video showing off an early version of Drake “based partially on Johnny Knoxville, with a comically emotive face like something in a Dreamworks film”.

This makes a lot of sense when you remember Naughty Dog had, up till Uncharted, worked exclusively with cartoon styles. But wow: doesn’t it look skeezy now? Go check out the GIF of proto-Drake’s facial animations and you’ll see what I mean.

Naughty Dog ultimate elected to go for “the more traditionally handsome look” we ended up with, and after auditioning 20 to 30 actors, found Nolan North – the talented voice and motion performance actor whose work is so intrinsic to the series’s identity.

The full feature and video are well worth a visit if you have even a passing interest in Uncharted or development; it’s pretty cool to see the things Naughty Dog dropped and to learn that such a polished-seeming project was actually kind of scrappy.

Thanks, Gamespot.

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