Uncharted 4

  • Sony To Announce PS4 Exclusives for Holiday 2015?

    Seeing how Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was delayed to 2016, we wondered whether PlayStation 4’s holiday lineup would remain lack luster. Seems this may not be the case.

    Speaking to MCV, UK Managing Director Fergal Gara said,

    "I won't go into any detail now. There is plenty for gamers to get excited about already, such as Tearaway for PS4 and No Man's Sky. That's just the start of what is on the table right now. So I don't have any concerns that we will have a lack of strong software for PS4 this peak."

    This somehow feels awfully suggestive that Sony has something up their sleeves. With E3 coming up it might be the perfect time to reveal what they have been working on. He continued on to say,

    "My sense is that the new platforms have opened up the ambitions of developers and the capabilities of what they can achieve. What has then happened since has been a bit of rushing to market and a couple of not perfect launches. That's perhaps driven some conservatism to not overly force this and make sure we get it right--there's been an adjustment of pace."

    He added regarding the flood of delayed games, "I have been hearing stories from around the industry that give me assurance that developers have got a better grasp on things, so we will be in increasingly good shape.”

  • Uncharted 4: Insane Facial Animation System

    Every Uncharted game seems to push the boundaries and it’s not doubt that Uncharted 4 is going to be the one that shows off the PS4’s capabilities.

    Uncharted 4 writer Josh Scherr talked about the technical efforts being put behind Drake’s facial system,

    “We’ve completely revamped our facial animation systems. The previous Uncharted games, and in The Last Of Us, the characters all had about 90 to 100 ‘bones’ in their faces which we used to move the meshes around.

    Think about that, about how detailed Joel and Ellie’s pained facial expressions were, how well the game captured the respective actors’ – Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson – seminal roles. All that was achieved on the old tech. Now, the faces have anywhere between 300 and 500 bones.”

    [This] lets us emote more, with all the 'bones' we can put onto [faces] - you pan round the camera to look at Nate's face when he's climbing and you see him grimacing and all this kind of stuff ... we're pushing detail on a macro and micro level that I think people are really going to respond to."

    Uncharted 4 however has been delayed till 2016 unfortunately. However, there is news that an Uncharted Trilogy is in the works. Players who got the PlayStation 4 but missed out on the PlayStation 3 have a great opportunity to experience all these masterpieces in that case and prepare for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

  • Uncharted 4 Maybe at 60FPS, But Performance Prioritized

    So the trend right now shows that gamers care about two things when it comes to a new game. Whether it will be in 1080p and whether it will run at 60FPS.

    Although admittedly developers and critics have come out to say these don’t really determine whether a game will look or play great, right now it is definitely held as the standard expectation from current gen consoles.

    But Naughty Dog doesn’t want to just follow the numbers trend. They are planning on achieving 60FPS for Uncharted 4 but they will are not willing to compromise on the gaming experience for it.

    In an interview with Edge, game director Bruce Straley said that they had actually locked the gameplay demo (shown at PlayStation Experience) at 30 FPS. Here is what he said:

    "We're actually above 30, but we locked it [for the demo]. We're going to do whatever it takes to make the game we want to make. If it means we could go for 60 but lose something that would really impact the player's experience, then it's our choice as developers to say, 'Well, we're going to go for the experience [instead of] the 60 frames.'"

    As reference just remember that all the Uncharted games till now have been set to run at 30 FPS. However last year Eric Monacelli of Naughty Dog said they were planning on making the next Uncharted run at 60 FPS on the PlayStation 4. The fact that The Last of Us Remastered ran at 60FPS shows that the team is definitely capable of it. It is whether to choose to stick to that decision or not just remains to be seen. 

  • Naughty Dog: Reaching 60FPS for Uncharted 4 Is "Really Hard"

    Naughty Dog previously stated that the frames rates per were second number for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

    Not to worry, they're still targeting for 60 frames per second but that isn’t easy. Neil Druckmann Game Director spoke about the challenge in a Game Informer interview.

    To keep it short and bitter sweet, hitting 60FPS for the game is pretty damn tough:

    "Really f**king hard. That's true for any game. It was really hard on The Last of Us Remastered, and that's a game we had finished and we knew exactly what the end result needs to look like. And here [with Uncharted 4] we're trying to push the boundaries of what this game can look like; and do realistic, real-time cutscenes; and trying to do 60fps is really hard."

    Druckmann also added that the game still remains a work in progress and for the time being, nothing is concrete. The current objective is to "make the best experience". "We're constantly making choices to our production about what's going to make the game feel best and look its best." Well, we have no doubt they're doing exactly that.

  • Sony Says "The Best Is Yet To Come" For PlayStation 4

    The PlayStation 4 has been doing amazing. They have outsold Microsoft two to one. But Microsoft is making a comeback since it made those dramatic price cuts. In all honesty both consoles have yet to release significant amount of games on them. Don’t get me wrong they both have decent games but those games are also available on the last gen. What would really make these consoles shine would be exclusives.

    Considering their current success it is a fair question to ask whether Sony already reached their peak with PlayStation 4. Sony UK boss Fergal Gara had to say something about the future of PS4 to IGN. He said,

    "I really believe it's year two when you tend to see those titles come through that start to define the whole generation. The best is yet to come on PS4. We've seen a brilliant start with the mega-franchises, like the FIFAs, Call of Duties, and the Assassin's Creeds, but we've also seen some strong new IPs launch--the likes of Destiny and Watch Dogs. But I think that the ones that are truly to define the generation are probably still to come, to be honest."

    Gara went on to mention that even for the first PlayStation, the most notable games didn’t get released till the 2nd year after launch. I wonder if that is a hint towards the release of Uncharted. Either way this is a great time to be a gamer and console gaming has never been this strong.

  • Naughty Dog Talks Uncharted 4

    We are getting more and more news about Uncharted 4 which is great. This means the project is going on strong and might be delivering the same amazing things that we love the franchise for.

    In a recent interview with GameCrate, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End co-director Bruce Straley said they have "really, really cool ideas" for the UC4 and that there are some things that they are “still trying to figure out”. Considering the last statement, I wonder how far in development is UC4. Bruce said, "We're still trying to figure it out and yet I have faith in the team, I have faith in where we're going with it. I can say we have some really, really, cool ideas that I'm really excited to... sometime show you. That's all I can say but it's going to be awesome. I'm excited so you should be excited. Naughty Dog has a track record and just trust us, it's going to be cool."

    Sadly he did not mention anything specific. But I can't help but get excited, it is Naughty Dog after all. I won't be surprised if we get to see something by December along with the two new PS4 exclusives that are rumored to be revealed.

  • Uncharted 4 Details: Story and Gameplay

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    After months of speculation we got to see a trailer for Uncharted 4 at E3, officially unveiled as Uncharted4 : A Thief’s End. Now gamers everywhere are hungry for details.

    If you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out below. There had be talk about the tech behind the game being amazing. Although it was just a 30 second movie, the graphics looked insane.

    In a video released by Sony, Naughty Dog bosses Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley talked about how their involvement with the The Last of Us influenced the way they are tackling Uncharted 4. They also added how the capabilities of the PS4 really allowed them to really create something extraordinary.

    "[With] The Last of Us, we went to great lengths to try to create this reality, but we were still limited by the amount of overdraw the PS3 could handle, etc. Now, the PS4 is allowing us to push so much more density, so it's fun to go back and go like, 'Oh, look at the things we wish we could have done in Uncharted 1, it's just like, this is easy, let's just make this.' It's nice to be able to explore something and look back and go, 'Wow, remember when we couldn't do any of this?' It's kind of neat."

    The official synopsis for the storyline has also been revealed. Although not completely clear, it does give an idea of what to expect. Drake has supposedly been "forced back into the world of thieves" to discover a "fabled pirate treasure." The name of the game, however, has everyone wondering -- will this be the last Uncharted game, or will it be the last time we see Drake?

    Straley also gave a bit of info regarding the gameplay as well.

    "Gameplay-wise, we're just going deeper and richer with all the mechanics. It's still going to be a roller-coaster ride and it's still going to have that pacing. We still want you on the edge of your seat, but at the same time, we want to make sure that you as players - I, as a player - want to play this thing and feel invested. And we want to make sure we have that with the epic, with the pacing, with the characters that we're known for."

    All in all it sounds amazing. Can’t wait to find out more!

  • Uncharted 4 Is On The Way

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    This is indeed a welcome change of pace for fans of the franchise. Recent news had made it seem that there was nothing but trouble brewing for the upcoming Uncharted 4.  We had seen a lot of important figures leaving Naughty Dog, most of whom played major roles in the Uncharted series.

    At a point there was doubt as to if the game is being developed at all. Based on the people who left the team it was becoming obvious that Naughty Dog had decided to change the direction of their game. Fortunately it seems whatever they did worked since industry insiders Ahsan Rasheed and Tidux seem very impressed with the current state of the game.

    This is what they had to say to DualShockers. Rasheed's commented, "Uncharted PS4 visuals will make you say, 'Quantum/Order/Division who?' Stupidly impressive tricks and tech." While Tidux commented, "Just seen a new build of Uncharted, I have no words #GreatnessAwaits #PS4"

    According to them it seems that the setting is in a tropical area vaguely reminiscent of the original Uncharted game, Drake’s Deception.

  • Insider Says Nathan Drake Will be Uncharted 4 Protagonist

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    Well-known gaming industry insider Tidux has given some information on Uncharted 4, and by the sounds of it, things are certainly going to be quite interesting. Last week, Tidux mentioned that Uncharted 4 was going to be a more story-driven game. Tidux has now stated that he’s seen gameplay footage of the latest build of Uncharted 4, and apparently he has ‘no words’ for just how good the title is.

    Luckily, that’s not quite true - Tidux did have some words to share on Uncharted 4, but they are all pretty positive. Firstly, Tidux has said that the game is looking great in regards to the graphics, which really isn’t unexpected at this point; Naughty Dog have always been pioneers when it comes to graphical capability on consoles, and the PlayStation 4 will give them a lot more hardware power to dig their teeth into.

    Tidux also went on to confirm that the protagonist for Uncharted 4 will be Nathan Drake, going back to the roots of the franchise. I expect the game will delve more deeply into Nathan Drake’s personal story, so I think Uncharted 4 will be an incredibly important game for the series as a whole.

    Remember that this information is not official, so don’t take it at face value just yet. Hopefully you’ll hear more about it very soon - E3 is very close, and if we don’t hear anything about it then, there’s bound to be a lot to hear about it at some point this year.

  • Naughty Dog presidents Denies Uncharted 4 Director Amy Hennig was "Forced Out"

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    It was shocking news indeed when Amy Hennig, Director for all the Uncharted games even the upcoming one on the PS4, was let go soon after she celebrated her 10 year anniversary at Naughty Dog. This news was even more disturbing when rumors began that she was “forced out” of the company.

    According to the rumors Hennig’s forceful dismissal was influenced by the creative directors of the Last of Us, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, who will now be taking over the upcoming Uncharted game for the PS4.

    Naughty Dog co-presidents have recently issued a statement denying Druckmann’s and Straley’s alleged involvement in Hennig’s separation from Naughty Dog.

    "Earlier this week we had to confirm the regrettable news that Amy Hennig has left Naughty Dog. She will be missed and, as we stated before, we appreciate the significant contributions that she has made to Naughty Dog and the industry in general. We wish her the best."

    "However, we feel it necessary to clear up a very important point that was unprofessionally misreported when the story broke. Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann were NOT involved in what transpired. It was very upsetting to us that dozens of stories were run, linking back to the same hurtful accusations in the original report. As co-presidents of Naughty Dog, we are responsible for all studio affairs."

    "Normally, we wouldn't respond to rumours and speculation on matters that are internal to Naughty Dog, but because the personal reputation of two of our employees is being damaged we needed to set the record straight. There is nothing left to be said on this subject. Now we're going back to what we should be focused on--making games."

    Straley added to this on Twitter saying, "It's super reassuring to know our bosses, [Wells and Balestra] have our backs," "Thanks guys!". Coming back to “Uncharted 4”, Sony has confirmed that Hennig’s dismissal will not affect the development of the game.

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