“Uncharted 4” has been emphasised and marketed as Naughty Dog’s last dive into the series’ world with Nathan Drake in tow. While the studio’s plans to make this an explosive ending for the renowned thief, new statements from the developer reveal that it’s not necessarily the end of the franchise as a whole.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Naughty Dog brought up the fact that “Uncharted 4” and the rest of the “Uncharted” series is owned by Sony. As such, the company can still continue with the franchise if it wants to, even with a different developer.

“He’s [Nathan Drake] at the height of his popularity, so it’s not a good business decision, but I feel like the best way to honour him is to go out on top, to finish his story,” said Game Director Neil Druckmann to Eurogamer.

Even with this being the case, Naughty Dog has ensured the necessary steps that would bring the best ending to the table. According to the developer, the team had made it so that it will be hard to make a sequel with Nathan Drake as a character. What could be done, however, is to continue the “Uncharted” series, but this time with another character.

This inevitably seals the deal for the character’s fate—though even Naughty Dog has been coy about how exactly this will occur. Druckmann even hinted that players will not be able to alter Drake’s fate in any way.

Naughty Dog has also revealed that there will be branching dialogues in the series, an experimental feature that the developer introduced to the game. This was shown back at the PlayStation Experience 2015. However, the developer was also quick to note that these instances are not peppered all over the game, Polygon reported.

Druckmann had even stated that this was far from what can be experienced in “Mass Effect.” This is because “Uncharted 4” is more focused on a specific story and ending that sticks with how the entire franchise has been made so far.

“Uncharted 4” is now coming on April 26. This comes after the latest delay announcement was made for the PS4 exclusive title.