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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – What to Expect

This is going to be epic!

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is coming out soon… Oh wait it’s delayed until Spring of 2016 – but is this necessarily a bad thing? Simple answer: No.

I am Naughty Dog fan-boy, I admit it, but I am not ashamed to say it either. Naughty Dog was a prolific cog in my development while growing up — they showed me how to have a great time. The first time I was blessed by a Naughty Dog game was when I was a young lad; I found myself playing this game with a strange spinning Bandicoot.

Ever since Crash Bandicoot, I have played every one of their titles, but as time passed, I saw less and less of them. That is until, one unexpected day, I saw Uncharted: Drakes Fortune  at my local Tesco. Looking at the game, I found it quite strange because it was so different fromn what I was used to seeing from Naughty Dog. So I nabbed it, played it, loved it, repeat.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was teased at Spike TV launch event in November 14th, 2013.

The trailer was later shown in Sony’s E3 conference and a rough release date was revealed, which aimed for a Summer 2015 release. Unforunately, it was recently revealed via a Playstation blog post by Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann that they are now shooting for a Spring 2016 release instead.

Their intentions were clear: They need more time to perfect the game – I believe them. I’ve always supported the idea of extending the release date of a game so that the developers can take their time to fix vital issues that often arise during development. This is preferred to handing in a game that is not ready, risking crucifixion by the public because of bugs.

Playing all of the Uncharted games, I have never questioned the quality of the games except for a few minor bugs in Uncharted 2. I’ve always enjoyed playing the story of these games, which is really what this game is all about. The story stems from an Indiana Jones-y type narrative, where the objective is to search for treasure and fight alongside those who may have not-so-noble intentions for the treasure on the way.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End‘s story is not yet revealed, but a tease from the official website was released:

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.

It’s a little cryptic and generalist, but we get a taste of what’s to come. It’s also been revealed that the story involves Drake’s older brother, Sam. This will be pretty intriguing as we have never heard of a living family member of Nathan’s before, and it will be interesting to see what kind of dynamic he would bring to the story.

Below is game-play demo that was shown off at the Playstation Experience event:


Looking at this game play demo, it seems that the mechanics will be similar to that of Uncharted 2, which was more smooth than Uncharted 3 and, quite frankly, preferred by most. Hopefully this means that the multi-player will be as good as Uncharted 2 as well.

You can pre-order the game here (US) and here (UK)

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