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  • Naughty Dog Might Not Make The Last Of Us 2

    The Last of Us is a gem of a game. Even though there are some out there who didn’t enjoy it as much, majority of the gamers loved it and the game has gotten 10/10 across numerous game critics.

    So it is only expected that a sequel to this game will be expected; especially considering the DLC for the game also was critically acclaimed.  However we may have to be patient for a sequel, if it is ever to happen.

    Seems till Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is completed and shipped, Naughty Dog is not even considering the possibility of The Last of Us 2. This is what Naughty Dog bosses Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley said about TLoU 2 in a recent interview with Game Informer:

    "That's all a big if. We're 110 percent in Uncharted 4 territory now. Blinders on, make this awesome."

    Of course many of might not even want a sequel to TLoU. Just like how fans of Quantic Dream love that company because of how they just move on to new IPs. In response to this Druckmann said:

    "We totally get it, because we have those same feelings as well. We have brainstormed sequel ideas for The Last of Us, and we've brainstormed ideas for new games, but all of that is put on ice right now while we work on Uncharted 4."

    For now Druckmann wanted to drive home the idea that right now they are not even in the brainstorming phase of TLoU2. As such that game might never be made. But in a way I am glad they are so focused on Uncharted 4. Everyone is expecting great things from this franchise’s initial steps on the current generation consoles.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Naughty Dog Can’t Decide Between 60FPS vs. 30FPS

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    It's only a matter of days till the remastered Last of Us hits the shelves. It has gone through all sorts of upgrades and now will also boast a 60FPS gameplay.

    Well, all of us straight forward assume that this definitely is a good thing. But it seems that there is a still a bit of confusion between the members of Naughty Dog. Uncharted 4 lead game designer Kurt Mugenau is 100% behind the upgrade. He posted on Twitter,

    "Played some #TLOU at 60 fps tonight for the first time (60fps cutscenes and all). Transformitive. I’m a believer. Don’t think I can go back."

    Dynamics artist Neilan Naicker also agreed with Kurt saying that he also "can't play it any other way,"  but he was just referring to the game’s multiplayer. But as for the single player which is aimed to be more cinematic, it seems that Anthony Vaccaro, 3D environment artist, preferred the 30 FPS:

    "MP [multiplayer] I totally agree with 60 but single player I still prefer 30, feels more cinematic to me. Might be in the minority."

    So it seems that everyone prefers the multiplayer at 60FPS but as for the campaign they are split between 30FPS and 60FPS. How this influences Uncharted 4 will be interesting to see. With the general belief system of more is better, would we see 60FPS or would Naughty Dog stick to 30FPS to keep the cinematic flair?

  • 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.

  • The Last of Us: Remastered coming to the PS4 - Discount for Owners of a PS3 copy

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    It has been confirmed, The Last of Us is coming to the PS4. Although an official date has not been announced it has been revealed that it has a summer 2014 release schedule. However, according to several retailers (GameFly, GameSpot, Target) The Last of Us: Remastered will be released on June 20, 2014.

    Last of Us: Remastered has now been priced at $60 and is said to include revamped visuals, all previously released DLC, commentary from the game’s actors and director, and other bonuses. The following details were posted on the official PlayStation blog.

    The Last of Us Remastered includes:

    • Left Behind single player expansion
    • Abandoned Territories multiplayer map pack
    • Reclaimed Territories pack – details will be coming soon on exactly what is included

    Pre-order bonuses:

    • 100 Supply Points (XP) for use in Factions mode
    • Two special bonus skins for Joel and Ellie which will be unlocked after your complete the single player campaign
    • Increased Crafting Speed for use in the Single Player Campaign
    • Increased Healing Speed for use in the Single Player Campaign
    • 9mm Reload Speed Increase Upgrade for use in the Single Player Campaign
    • Rifle Clip Capacity Increase Upgrade for use in the Single Player Campaign

    Additional Pre-order bonuses if ordered from PlayStation Store:

    • Early Access to the Brawler Survival Skill in Factions Mode
    • Early Access to additional Loadout Points for use in Factions mode
    • Early Access to the Jeep Cap and Surgical Mask for use in Factions mode

    Neil Druckmann also tweeted about the game recently:

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    For those asking, @Naughty_Dog is developing The Last of Us Remastered and we're targeting 60fps. More info to come. #PS4

    However, the $60 price tag has not been received all too well by many gamers. But there may be hope for us yet. According to Sony, they are considering an option to make the game available for cheaper to those who already own the PS3 version. "We’re looking into the business model for all this and will post about this once we have input from all regions," said Naughty Dog's Eric Monacelli on the PlayStation Blog.

    This sort of an upgrade was offered pretty widely by Sony last Christmas. That deal basically allowed PS3 gamers who owned AAA titles such as COD: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV: Blag Flag to upgrade to the PS4 version of these games for cheaper.

  • 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.

  • The Last Of Us: Left Behind DLC

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    All of us who have played the Last of Us are very familiar with its dark and gritty nature. It’s not our usual happy go lucky run and gun adventure. Here every one of our actions has a gritty undertone and unlike other FPSs each kill in the Last of Us feels up-close and personal to take lightly. Naughty Dog’s new adventure doesn't share the same laugh and shoot mentality of its predecessor Uncharted.

    However with the new DLC single player expansion, even though we will be returning to the same post-apocalyptic fungus ridden world, the game will contain more of a “playful” tone. This bit of info comes from the voice actress Ashley Johnson (Ellie) in an interview with PlayStation Blog.

    She said, "You'll definitely see a more playful side to Ellie and get to know her a bit better. You're going to see a lot of different sides to the character that you definitely didn't see in The Last of Us."

    The DLC focuses primarily on Ellie’s life before she met with Joel. It’s a story about her past and her adventures with her friend Riley, a similar aged girl who was sort of a mentor to Ellie. This marks the first ever single player DLC created by Naughty Dog and as always expect great things from it. We also get to see the time that Ellie actually gets bitten by one of the infected.

    "It's a little bit more 'fun,' because you have two teenage girls going through a mall. It's kind of like a post-pandemic version of two teenage girls hanging out. Definitely not a normal hangout! It's very different--a little more playful."

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