Uncharted 4 drops a ton of new details

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We’ve detailed earlier this week how 2015 is going to have a massive slate of games. Games that are hopefully, better developed and more complete on launch than the majority of 2014’s projects. One such developer most folks have faith in? Naughty Dog, who have been buttered up and on a roll as of late.  Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End returns them to their most iconic property. And they’ve just revealed a ton of new details about the game.

NeoGAF culled some features from Game Informer on Naughty Dog’s return to the world of Nathan Drake and high-stakes archaeology. According to them, Uncharted 4 will be set three years after Uncharted 3, kicking off when Nathan Drake’s long lost brother Sam pops up out of nowhere to cause some havoc in his life and pull Nathan back into the treasure-hunting world. Other details include:

  • A possible return of Elena and Sully
  • The game is set three years after Uncharted 4
  • Uncharted 4 takes Drake and Sam to Libertalia, "a mythic Madagascar colony purportedly founded by pirates"
  • Artefacts are making a return and come with notes leading players to more treasure
  • Enemies will try to grab your leg and pull you down if you push them over a ledge
  • The AI system has been worked on and completely overhauled. In fact, it’s comparable to Ellie in The Last of Us, with Naughty Dog commenting that they’re trying to “explore what it’s like to be with somebody as capable of Nathan Drake.”
  • New exploration tools will appear and be instrumental in solving puzzles
  • Navigational freedom is a massive part of the game, with stages having multiple paths and avenues within which to ambush, attack and sneak past enemies
  • All cut-scenes are rendered in real-time
  • Multiplayer returns
  • Nathan and Sam will have a rival duo of treasure seekers to deal with by the name of Rafe and Nadine
  • Nadine happens to own a South African private military company
  • Despite the sombre title, this may not be the final Uncharted game
  • Naughty Dog’s concept of a setpiece is now "What’s something impactful that we can do to switch expectations and how can we have it emotionally charged?"

Naughty Dog have been working on the game ever since Uncharted 3 wrapped up several years ago, but it wasn’t until they finished up on The Last Of Us that they could dedicate themselves 100% to the project. It’s expected to be out on PlayStation 4 later this year, so that the Sony console will at least have its own exclusive game that happens to be all about raiding tombs.

Last Updated: January 7, 2015

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