The video game developer Naughty Dog officially announces the inclusion of a co-op Survival Mode for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End by way of a brand new trailer.
With countless critics having praised Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End upon its launch with extremely positive reviews for its base content, fans of the fourth entry in Naughty Dog’s action-adventure series ought to be even more excited by the prospect of additional materials making their way into the title. Thankfully, just today, the developer has put out a brand new trailer for the game to announce the mid-December release of a co-op Survival Mode as a part of its ongoing efforts to provide post-launch support for the title.
As seen in the trailer for Uncharted 4‘s Survival Mode below, fans will be able to take part in wave-based combat where one player and up to two others can fight against a flood of increasingly difficult enemies. Interestingly enough, should there be gamers out there looking for a challenge, Naughty Dog has made it so that the the title’s Survival Mode can also be played as a solo experience.
Obviously, while Uncharted 4‘s Survival Mode should whet the appetite for fans of the game who have mastered everything included thus far, the concept of wave-based combat is not a novel idea for the series. As a matter of fact, Uncharted 2 and 3 had their own respective modes similar to UC 4‘s Survival that was called Co-Op Arena.
As described by Naughty Dog game designer Vinit Agarwal in a post on the PlayStation Blog, Uncharted 4‘s Survival Mode is set to contain 10 maps and 50 total waves of enemies, which will be a mixture of Shoreline mercenaries, armored brutes, snipers, and hunters. Although the gameplay’s concept is fairly commonplace, Agarwal declares that the new mode will be something that should provide players with potent abilities a chance to test their mettle.
“We’ve built upon and evolved the core gameplay experience with an entirely new level of depth, challenge, and variety. From new enemy types and powerful new bosses to a dedicated progression system and expansive upgradable arsenal, Survival is all about strategy, camaraderie, and skill.”
As Uncharted 4 players make progress in the Survival Mode after every 10 waves, they will have to do battle with pirates from the game’s story campaign, one of which is Henry Avery himself. Not only will fans have to defeat enemies to make headway in the mode, but also complete objectives such as collecting treasure in a certain amount of time or take out specially-marked enemies. Plus, developers have included modifiers for certain waves such as one that only gives players pistols, while another one solely counts the damage from headshots and melee attacks.
Similar to Uncharted 4‘s multiplayer mode, players will earn cash in Survival for upgrades on better weapons and items. Plus, the wave-based mode has its own progression system that is completely separate from any other aspect of the game. Not to mention, some boosters are going to be exclusive to Survival alone, making the attempts to beat its Hard and Crushing difficulty settings that much more satisfying.
Taking all of this into consideration, Naughty Dog should be commended for their continued support of what many consider to be one of the best releases of the year. Of course, once the studio finally is able to expand the title with the franchise’s first-ever offering of single-player DLC, fans’ positive opinion of Uncharted 4 ought to increase exponentially.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is available now for PlayStation 4.