“Victor Sullivan at the age of 25 in a very stylised world where… it would be around 1976, I think is where we figured out his age might be,” he explained.
And it’s certainly an interesting concept.
“He busted out of the Navy for reasons, and I thought seeing him young and trying to figure out his way in this world going from trying to be a soldier or you know a military man to now I’m just out on the streets and I’m gonna become a hustler,” he added.
After Sony failed to greenlight Days Gone 2, the director wanted to work on something new and began putting together ideas for this unmade Uncharted game.
And given the upcoming Uncharted movie features a far younger Sully than we’ve seen in the games, it would have been a nice touch to see the iconic adventurer get his own globe-trotting game.
The idea, Ross said, was that Sully would evoke a classic James Bond. “A young, sexy Victor Sullivan, to me, would have been like Sean Connery,” he said.
Unfortunately, the concept soon ground to a halt, and it sounds though that’s largely due to problems making it feel like an Uncharted game.
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Ross admitted there were far fewer “opportunities for shootouts”. This was a big problem. After all, he didn’t want to make “the first Uncharted game where the player didn’t shoot anybody.”
The upcoming Uncharted movie starring Tom Holland sees Sully played by Mark Wahlberg. Although not exactly a ‘70s era Sean Connery, it’s exactly the kind of youthful take on Sully that could have made a great Uncharted prequel. As it stands, we’ll have to wait for the upcoming movie to next see Sully’s iconic moustache in action.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.