Everyone saw it coming, but at the end of Sony's 2014 E3 press conference Naughty Dog may have stolen the show with their first footage of Uncharted 4.
A title card bearing the words “The following trailer was captured directly from a [console]” is a sign for the viewer to pay attention. Before Naughty Dog was known for creating one of this decade’s best video games in The Last of Us they were mostly infamous for blurring the line between cutscenes and gameplay in the Uncharted series. It’s been quite a while since Nathan Drake went on a globe trotting adventure, and both Sony and Naughty Dog have been tight lipped about the next chapter in the series, but fans know that a next-gen Uncharted game would have to be visually impressive.
Naughty Dog didn’t disappoint with the closing announcement of E3′s first night, a first look at Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
“Several years after his last adventure, retired fortune hunter, Nathan Drake, is forced back into the world of thieves. With the stakes much more personal, Drake embarks on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. His greatest adventure will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.”
Based on the voiceover dialogue between Nate and Sully in the teaser, this looks like the most personal journey for Drake in the series and if the title, tone and the camera lingering on that skeleton indicate anything, this will also be his last. In the time since Uncharted 3 Naughty Dog seem to have doubled down on telling personal, gritty stories but it will be interesting to see how they separate Uncharted 4 from The Last of Us, and if the franchise will still maintain a level of irreverence toward the dangerous circumstances their characters seem to always find themselves in.
The studio has notably been faced with a rash of employee departures in the last few months, and while early rumors pointed toward creative differences within the team, it’s much more likely that as development winds down on Uncharted 4, members of Naughty Dog are simply ready to try new endeavors. Hopefully Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be a send off worthy of the team’s last big project together.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will launch in 2015 for PS4.
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