When Sony began to officially unveil details regarding the PlayStation 4 console, they made sure to tell fans that there would eventually be an Uncharted game for the new platform. At the time they didn’t have a title but later it became official – Nathan Drake would return again in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, a game that voice actor Nolan North believes may be the last in the series. Of course, Uncharted won’t end with this title, but it may look very different in the future if this turns out to be the end of Drake’s journey.
Uncharted 4 has a presence at E3 this summer with a teaser trailer but outside of a screenshot which highlighted an aged and weathered protagonist and some concept art, Sony and developer Naughty Dog have held back on revealing too much. At the PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas, an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation brand, we finally got a deep look at gameplay of Uncharted 4.
The world premiere gameplay video featured 15 minutes of footage clearly designed to highlight the power of the PlayStation 4. The sequence on display emphasizes improved lighting effects, draw distances of large environments, foliage that moves as Drake touches it, etc.
Outside of that, Uncharted 4 looks, plays and feels just like a classic Uncharted game, from the climbing and cover mechanics, to the examining of clues and witty dialogue. There are of course some new melee animations on display, and Drake is still an ice cold cat when it comes to gunning down large numbers of enemies. Whether or not Uncharted 4 finds the right balance of combat and climbing, and finds a way to make it more engaging than previous entries, remains to be seen. But so far, we are definitely intrigued and excited, especially since we know the game embraces learnings from Naughty Dog’s experience with The Last of Us.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End comes exclusive to PS4 in 2015.
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