There’s no question that the Uncharted series is one of Sony’s crown jewels in it’s PlayStation lineup. With a brand new entry in the series currently in development for the PlayStation 4, fans have been eagerly anticipating new details about the title.
After announcing a significant delay last week which pushed the game out of the highly competitive holiday release season and into the Spring 2016 window, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is back in the news once again. However, while the news is Uncharted-focused, it is sure to please fans of Naughty Dog’s previous effort, The Last of Us, as well. That’s because the same multiplayer team that worked on that game is back for Uncharted 4.
News spread after Naughty Dog lead game designer, Robert Cogburn, posted a Tweet revealing that much of the development team that worked on the multiplayer side of The Last of Us is back working on the multiplayer modes for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Cogburn also went on to confirm that Last of Us team members Robert Ryan and Quentin Cobb are just a few of the developers now assigned to the project.
At this time, not much is known about Uncharted 4’s multiplayer outside of the fact that it does exist. Based on Naughty Dog’s track record, though, assumptions can be made that it’ll be an action oriented third person shooter.
Considering Uncharted 4’s lengthy delay, this news isn’t terribly surprising. Naughty Dog did confirm about two months ago that development on a Last of Us sequel was on hold until the studio releases Uncharted 4, so adding that team to assist in finishing the product makes sense.
With this all hands on deck approach at Naughty Dog, it’s entirely reasonable that some ideas from previous games may start to blend into this new project. Last year, Creative Director Neil Druckmann confirmed that the two teams might start to blend and even went so far as to say working on a game like The Last of Us helped inspire certain aspects to this new Uncharted. For example, the team is working to better immerse the player into the world they’re creating and also to create a better synergy between the visuals, story, and character arcs.
For fans of The Last of Us, how does this news make you feel? Do you think this will make Uncharted 4’s multiplayer closer to The Last of Us? Let us know below in the comments.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is scheduled for a spring 2016 release on the PlayStation 4.