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Watch Uncharted 4's dashing leading men reminisce about working on the series

Nolan North and Troy Baker get into character

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At the heart of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is a tale of two brothers, one whom fans have known for a decade and one who's new to the series. Uncharted 4 is the fifth game starring Nathan Drake, while his brother Sam surprises Nate by showing up after a 15-year absence. In a 12-minute video from PlayStation Europe, filmed at a castle in the Italian countryside, voice actors Nolan North (Nate) and Troy Baker (Sam) discuss their long-running relationships with the Uncharted series.

For North, who has spent the past decade or so playing the role of Nate, the release of Uncharted 4 is a "bittersweet" experience. Naughty Dog has said that this is the final Nathan Drake game, and North joked that he'd need Baker to give him a job in the future. North also has a very different experience with the series up to A Thief's End than Baker does — it's always been a job for him, while Baker was enjoying the games as a fan right from the start.

"You saw the work; he saw the character"

"It was cool; it was a cool game," North said of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, although he noted that it wasn't exactly a special experience because he had already done video game voice-over work and had heard his performances in games before. But he understood the character's impact when he saw his son playing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.

"He turned to me, and he goes, 'That — that's you!'" North recalled. "And I'm like, 'Yeah, I know, I did the voice.' And he goes, 'No, but that's you!' And he had seen something that I didn't see, because it's just a different perspective. And when I saw it through his eyes, it's a thing that kind of registered for me."

"You saw the work; he saw the character," Baker replied.

Baker, for his part, was tremendously excited to jump into a series that he'd loved since the first game. He told North that he particularly enjoyed playing the part of Sam because telling the character's story, and bringing out his relationship with Nate, fleshes out the entire Uncharted franchise.

"For me, to come in and not just be a redshirt, but to come in and be the brother, and see how this relationship fits into the whole story, is ... I don't want to say it's the coolest character in the franchise, but it's really cool because to me," said Baker. "It gives so much more dimension to Nate, to Sully, to Elena, to Cutter, to everybody who's been in this whole thing."

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End launches tomorrow, May 10, on PlayStation 4. For more, read our review.

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