Naughty Dog offers fans a detailed look at the multiplayer experience for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End ahead of the planned closed beta test on December 4th.

In just a few short days, Naughty Dog is set to unleash the Uncharted 4 closed beta on the world, giving Sony fans their first taste of the series’ current-gen PvP action. Ahead of the official beta release, Naughty Dog has also teased the Uncharted 4 multiplayer in a lengthy Twitch stream, which readers can view below.

By and large Uncharted 4’s multiplayer bares a lot of similarities to past iterations, albeit with some key changes. The most obvious from our perspective is the introduction of Mysticals, special power-ups that are scattered throughout the map. These Mysticals allow players to call upon the powers of past Uncharted artifacts for a little extra boost.

Uncharted 4’s multiplayer also adds NPC “sidekicks,” which will help the player in battle. These helpful characters will assist players in a variety of ways, from reviving downed teammates to tracking enemy opponents. Some NPCs will even lay down heavy fire, if the mood calls for it.

In addition to showing off the gunplay in the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta, the developers at Naughty Dog also gave fans a closer look at the customization options. Like many multiplayer games these days, Uncharted 4 will use an RNG-based “chest” system for player unlocks. Hit a certain threshold and unlock a chest filled with random rewards.

These chests will be earned through regular progression and will offer special items like character skins. However, if players want to skip straight to a specific item or character skin, they can spend Uncharted points, the in-game currency for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Visually, the Uncharted 4 beta looks very solid, on par with the best visuals the PlayStation 4 has shown thus far. Obviously, the multiplayer will pale in comparison to the single player campaign, which will have unfettered access to the power of the PS4, but the amount of detail on display in the multiplayer is no less impressive.

It also appears as if the basic mechanics of the Uncharted PvP experience have been improved to meet the needs of the modern gamer. As Naught Dog explains, everything from the roll to the melee has been tweaked, in an effort to deliver a more competent third person shooter. Clearly, ND listened to fans’ complains about past Uncharted games, as well as The Last of Us, and took those items into consideration.

While the Uncharted 4 multiplayer tease is sure to get fans excited, the better news is that the beta goes live on December 4th and is available to any gamers who purchased Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End releases March 18, 2016 for PS4.

Source: Twitch – Naughty Dog