Uncharted 4 Aiming To Be "Ultimate Uncharted," Naughty Dog Says

A Thief's End is "the culmination of everything we've learned on Uncharted and The Last of Us," developer explains.

265 Comments
Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Naughty Dog's 2015 PlayStation 4 game Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is aiming to be the "ultimate Uncharted" experience, according to co-director Bruce Straley. In a new interview with Game Informer, Straley explained that making games is no walk in the park, and said pushing things forward and evolving the Uncharted formula is Naughty Dog's overall goal for the project.

"Making Uncharted 4 is hard. Making every game is really hard. It's never easy," Straley said. "Where's the blueprint? Who's got the f**king blueprint to make these things?"

No Caption Provided

"We're constantly questioning how to do this better. We're driven by … we want to create an experience that resonates with the player, and what we're trying to do is create amazingly rich characters and an adventure that these characters can go on," he added. "All these things have to make sense and they have to click together with the controller in your hand. And I want to feel engaged."

Straley went on to say that Naughty Dog's learnings on 2013's The Last of Us will help drive more innovation for A Thief's End.

"I don't want to just play the same game as I've always played before. So we're going to evolve it," he said. "And then we did The Last of Us and that gave us new concepts about how to evolve things. Each time, it's not like as developers we're like, 'I'm bored.' We as players, we want to play a game that is the ultimate Uncharted that we think this thing could be. It has such great potential."

"We as players, we want to play a game that is the ultimate Uncharted that we think this thing could be" -- Bruce Straley

A Thief's End's other director, Neil Druckmann, added: "This is the Uncharted we feel like we want to make and the culmination of everything we've learned on Uncharted and The Last of Us."

In terms of gameplay, as we saw in the game's demo from PlayStation Experience last month, A Thief's End will offer a "wider, more sandbox feel," according to Naughty Dog. There's even a new rope and grappling hook mechanic that Nathan Drake can use to swing from one location to the next, bringing about an on-command traversal option not seen in earlier games.

Also in the interview, Straley touched on the overall tone for A Thief's End, stressing that, while the game will have some intimate, personal moments, it will still be a lighthearted romp.

"We're not gonna make it too dark, everybody calm down. Just take a breath," Straley said. "We're retaining the lightheartedness; it's Nathan Drake."

A Thief's End launches later this year, exclusively for PS4. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

$15.49 on Amazon
Buy
$32.80 on Walmart
Buy

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 265 comments about this story
265 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for dpclark
dpclark

37

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

This'll be the game that'll finally get me to purchase a PS4.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Brando008
Brando008

32

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

So excited, Naughty Dog will definitely deliver as always

Upvote • 
Avatar image for nikon133
nikon133

1424

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

Considering new, much more powerful hardware they have to play with this time, it would be embarrassing if it is not the best Uncharted yet :)

Upvote • 
Avatar image for dani_i89
dani_i89

796

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 23

User Lists: 0

They are still MS exclusives you dweeb. Some games arrive on PC, true....much later down the track. Not everyone games on PC anyway. Good luck holding your breath for a few games which may or may not come to PC.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for ghost59
ghost59

27

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

if the game is as open as the demo i will buy it. only to stealth through the whole game.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for sonypony4eva
SonyPony4eva

711

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

LOL @ the insecure Xbox One homers. Uncharted 4 will most likely be game of the year.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

35

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

I don't want Uncharted 4, Waiting Unit Uncharted be Look a Movie games graphics with hole new Story line then i will buy it

Upvote • 
Avatar image for crusaderprophet
CrusaderProphet

477

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 27

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> Ahem...could you repeat that please, sorry the connection seems to be bad on my end.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

35

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >>LOL!

Just read my Previous Post, i never played Uncharted because it look boring

Upvote • 
Avatar image for hermitkiller
HermitKiller

380

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You sound very....r....d indeed xDD

Better leave gaming to others.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

35

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Hi BillGate so We Meet again! :D

I just so sad because SONY usually make Games only for there console non PC :(

Upvote • 
Avatar image for chippiez
Chippiez

535

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 28

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's seriously the only games I bought a PS3 for. I'm an Xbox guy through and through, but props on Uncharted, especially the second one. If you like games with atmosphere, Uncharted oozes it out of every orifice.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for xevilrobotx
xevilrobotx

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Same here, my PS3/PS4 are my pretty much just my Naughty Dog machines.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for tarp_master
Tarp_Master

593

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Don't knock it if you haven't tried it.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for lomar07
lomar07

261

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> because it looks boring? Hah There couldn't be an excuse worse than that!

2 • 
Avatar image for rajholmes
rajholmes

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >>Literally no one give a shit whether or not you'll buy Uncharted 4. If you wanna bitch about this game (that hasn't even been released yet!), go do it somewhere else. I think I speak for everyone here when I say, we're sick of seeing shitty comments like these. /rant

Upvote • 
Avatar image for translucent17
translucent17

197

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Dare I say 2015 goty?? But the witcher is gonna be a strong ass contender......

Upvote • 
Avatar image for NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

654

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 9

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> I think it will be a tough contender; I don't think the Witcher is going to cut it in my honest opinion when we also have the likes of Arkham Knight and MGSV coming as well.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for chippiez
Chippiez

535

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 28

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> 76 Metacritic for UC4. Bookmark me and come back. The teams is a bit discombobulated after several key departures. Sony is pushing them HARD to make release by Early November (they really want an Oct 6 launch go). They've got the core game together and some levels/assets are nearing completion, but over half are still whiteboxed, missing scripted events (story is still in rough draft for the most part) and they haven't even started iterating on play or level design. 9 months isn't enough time to get it all together and polished perfectly. It'll be good. But we're talking Uncharted 1 good, not UC2 or UC3 good.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Stogin
Stogin

436

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Oh god, quit with this fanboy garbage.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for lomar07
lomar07

261

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Two completely different games with completely different experience.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for cejay0813
cejay0813

1643

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 19

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yes but there can only be one GOTY

Upvote • 
Avatar image for piratepetey
PiratePetey

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> according to game publishers every game is the goty, read the box art lmao

Upvote • 
Avatar image for xevilrobotx
xevilrobotx

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> "Yes but there can only be one GOTY" per publication

Upvote • 
Avatar image for lomar07
lomar07

261

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The Witcher has more potential for that title then. :)

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

uncharted 4 aiming to kill off xbox one more like. seriously who the hell is gonna pick tomb raider (a game which comes later to ps4 with better graphics anyway) over uncharted 4? every man and his dog will have a ps4 by the end of this gen, nintendo may go the way of the dreamcast and xbox one will never sell a many consoles as the 360 during its life span. basically ms have failed to make a more impressive console than the 360, most of the ex-ms gamers keep their 360 and get a ps4 lol. therefore they've failed, 1 step forward 2 steps back.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for vallee05
vallee05

202

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> uncharted is much better and consistent then Tomb Raider, plus Bloodborn is coming out in a few months. I finally get to play my PS4... Until then Xbox One is winning with the exclusives.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for bicepsul
bicepsul

115

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> dude what exclusives? can't you see MS is sharing all xbox games with PC? for ****'s sake you are delusional.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for cejay0813
cejay0813

1643

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 19

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> PS4 has Uncharted 4 and Xbox One has Halo 5.


Insert your point here

Upvote • 
Avatar image for willamwallace
WillamWallace

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

It's always a Sony fanboy to try starting a flame war, get out dude, you look pathetic coming into a article that's been neutral just to say something like that. for what? Low self esteem? Justify your purchase?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Stogin
Stogin

436

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Oh really? Always? So Sevenizz, kane or humdingermarkie for example don't ever start crap for no reason? You're a known fanboy so I know I'm wasting my time with this...

Upvote • 
Avatar image for dani_i89
dani_i89

796

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 23

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Kinda sad that it's a late 2015 game that will define this gen for you. Enjoy your 1 game buddy. We have had great exclusives consistently this part year and a bit. Will be 2 years after release before you have something that *might* be great.

2 • 
Avatar image for bicepsul
bicepsul

115

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> what exclusives? on xbox one? The only exclusive you got is hmm... i can't think of any except for Forza 5 and Sunset Overdrive. Dead Rising 3, Titanfall, Ryse are on PC as well.... Horizon 2 is on xbox 360 as well, Halo MCC well, basically they are all on the 360... so where are the great exclusives? :)) and i'd bet money that Sunset Overdrive will arrive on pc soon. I hate microsoft for bringing all the xbox exclusives to PC, whats the point in buying a dedicated console if you can find the same games on other platforms where they run and look better.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for diggyphelps
diggyphelps

360

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Same goes for Xbox... You guys, I'll tell ya.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for sampson3121
sampson3121

736

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> yet here you are replying

7 • 
Avatar image for IJONOI
IJONOI

246

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

"We don't want our game to be better than the last."

Said nobody. Ever.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> neither did they :S. nowhere on that article did i find what you have quoted.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for dani_i89
dani_i89

796

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 23

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Ever heard of satire?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for nyadc
NyaDC

8006

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You are very thick headed, he means what company makes a sequel with the expectation of it being worse than the last...

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> why would he put the quotes then? you can't quote yourself unless its something you already said...


now who's thick headed?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for dani_i89
dani_i89

796

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 23

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Reading you're comments is like watching some goon shoot themselves in the foot...with a rocket launcher. Welcome back, Sonyonly.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for IJONOI
IJONOI

246

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

@Aaronp2k Still you. Since nobody said it, it wasn't a direct quote.

Merely pointing out the how unnecessary the article is.

Nothing against naughty dog. I love them. So, you know, chill.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Sevenizz
Sevenizz

4149

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Relax - Aaron is an ldiot. Just read what he posted above this ridiculousness.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for IJONOI
IJONOI

246

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

Nope, I gathered. I'm a ps4 guy, but that's just silly.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for sampson3121
sampson3121

736

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> said the idi0t

4 • 
Avatar image for nyadc
NyaDC

8006

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's an inverted quote to highlight how ridiculous it is for a company to say that their next game will be better than the last or in this case the ultimate iteration. That is naturally expected as a franchise evolves, it's supposed to get better not worse...

Saying a sequel is going to be better is like announcing that water is liquid, it's naturally implied redundancy, it doesn't need to be announced.

3 • 
Avatar image for sampson3121
sampson3121

736

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> or commented on

Upvote •