Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End New Details and Featurette
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is featured on the latest issue of Game Informer’s magazine cover, the digital issue went live and we have some details from the cover.
The development of the game began with a small team after Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception ended. When the development of The Last of Us completed, half of them moved over to Uncharted 4 and rest of them joined after The Last of Us: Left Behind.
Uncharted 4 is set three years after Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, it begis with Nathan Drake & Elena living happily together. Until Drake’s long lost brother, Sam appears, who he thought was dead.
Sam’s life depends on finding an artifact from Henry Avery. Drake feels indebted to his brother and can’t resist getting back to treasure hunting with his brother. Drake & Sam travel to Libertalia “a mythic Madagascar colony purportedly founded by pirates.”
The entire game won’t be in Libertalia, the game will feature snowy & urban environments. Drake & Sam meet two rival hunters, Rafe and Nadine along the way.
Rafe is a very different treasure hunter than Drake, with different morale and approach. Nadine owns a private military company in South Africa. The villains will play a bigger role in the game. It will feature a multiplayer mode.
Here are the additional details from the digital issue:
- “The lack of Sam being in Nathan life for so long is what’s driven him in the last games”
- Sam is five years older than Drake
- Teases Elena and Sully
- Sam is even more reckless than Drake
- Sam is jealous of Drake, sees him as the ‘better at everything little brother’
- Lots of rivalry between them
- ND didn’t want to talk about Drake and Sam past
- Artifacts (collectibles) may contain notes pointing to more treasures/artifacts
- Enemies can grab your leg if you try to push them over ledges
- More tools besides Rope and Piton (metal spike)
- They’re not ready to talk about them yet
- Wants to incorporate the tools into puzzles
- GI saw an extended demo with a new scene. Drake is beaten down while Sam is rested, they start arguing the existence of Avery’s secret, then something catches Drake’s eye, he moves forward, pulls some foliage, revealing a gray monument with a carving.
- Focusing on navigational freedom for this entry
- Showed multiple paths, one finding an extra cave, other bypassing a group of enemies
- Plenty of side stories if you’re looking for them
- In the demo, they showed Drake taking a riskier climbing route, that almost makes him fall in the sea
- All paths have consequences, there’s no “Golden path”
- Rehauled A.I system
- Compared Sam A.I to Ellie, but says Sam is a grown-up treasure hunter, so he’s much stronger than Ellie
- Trying to “explore what it’s like to be with somebody as capable of Nathan Drake”
- Not giving a straight answer if this is Drake last adventure
- Still plenty of humor in the game
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be available in 2015 for PlayStation 4.