Our next look at Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End comes from an upcoming Naughty Dog art book that collects various pieces of concept art from the studio’s past games, including Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter and The Last of Us. The art book itself, called The Art of Naughty Dog, releases later this month, but an early (albeit blurry and low quality) look at the concept art for Uncharted 4 comes from Tumblr today.
The new images show a person resembling Nathan Drake on an inflatable raft, exploring what appears to be a sunken city, abandoned ruins and a tropical beach that you may recognize from the game’s E3 2014 trailer. Judging by the art, these areas may be explorable if approached from underwater, so perhaps we can expect some underwater gameplay?
Interestingly enough, the abandoned buildings are covered by plants, invoking a The Last of Us feeling. Which is appropriate considering directors Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann are leading this project as well.
More artwork from The Art of Naughty Dog can be seen online at Gallery Nucleus, which is also holding a 30th Anniversary Tribute to Naughty Dog at Alhambra, California. The exhibition began on September 27, 2014 and concludes on October 12, so if you want to get a good look at the exhibit has to offer ahead of the book’s release, now’s the time.
Yesterday, Uncharted 4 lead designer Kurt Margenau tweeted out a new, PS4 enhanced teaser image of Nathan Drake. While it was an image taken from a TV (you can see a lot of stuff in the reflection), Drake has a lot more detail this time around. He looks older, rougher and less like the “man, that was crazy, huh?!” Drake we’re used to. Still, this is only a teaser image to go by, so maybe the old, adventurous Drake is in there somewhere.
Uncharted 4 takes place several years after 2011’s Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The game sees an older Nathan Drake that has since retired from treasure hunting, only to be dragged back into the world of thieving for what may be one last adventure. Sully, Elena and more are expected to return for what’s speculated to be a more serious story, with Druckmann and Straley explaining in a past interview how their previous works will influence this new Uncharted.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, while without an official release date, is scheduled to release in 2015 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.