Uncharted 4 Dev Talks Game Length, Difficulty Options, More

Action-adventure game has "pretty significant legnth," possibly longer than first three games.

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With Uncharted 4: A Thief's End set to come out early next month, you may be wondering how long the game will take you to complete. There is no definite answer, but Naughty Dog's Arne Meyer said during a recent livestream event that the action-adventure game has a "pretty significant length."

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This is according to DualShockers, which watched the event and has a roundup here of key points. Though Meyer did not provide an exact number for hour many hours the game will take you to complete, he said it's expected to be longer than the first three entries in the series.

It's a "pretty meaty game," Meyer explained.

Game length is almost always a tricking subject, as people have different playstyles. Meyer also pointed out that A Thief's End has things like branching dialogue options and more open levels than past entries had. If you're taking your time and rooting through the world to find all the secrets, your playthrough may be longer than someone who is only interested in completing the story. On a related note, Naughty Dog recently said A Thief's End has 10X the playable space of past games in the series for some sections.

Naughty Dog also discussed A Thief's End's difficulty settings. For example, in the Madagascar demo section, there are only snipers to square off against. Play on Hard or Crushing, however, and you'll also face enemies with RPGs--combined with the snipers, this may prove to be a tall task.

In the Hard and Crushing difficulty options, enemies are also more accurate and quicker to find you, making the game's stealth approach more difficult. Additionally, enemies on Crushing difficulty will be "much more aggressive" when trying to find you, while playing on Crushing mode also removes some of the on-screen information regarding which enemies can see you and threat indicators.

Head to DualShockers to see a full recap of the livestream's key points, including why there is no co-op, details on the game's Photo Mode, and more.

After multiple delays, A Thief's End is now due to launch on May 10 for PlayStation 4. It's the final game that Naughty Dog plans to make, but not necessarily the last game in the series. In fact, creative director Neil Druckmann said he would be happy to see another studio make Uncharted 5.

In other recent news, Naughty Dog has talked about how the power of the PS4 made A Thief's End a better game as it relates to real-time cutscenes and the game's larger levels.

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I feel this game gets way way way way to much praise for one simple fact, and that fact is PS. The fanboys talk almost every PS game up to god like levels, and everyone falls for it. It feels like the fake Amazon reviews "Oh yea this item that is 99% cheaper than the original is just as good". When friends or my self play these games they are at best a 5, or 7/ 10 instead of the 10/10 praise you see here from the fanboys of the system. Halo is the same way. Then you have websites like Ign who perpetuate this behavior. Then games that are just as good, and have a much longer SP+some MP get crap reviews. Why because Internet that's why!

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Wel No matter how long it is it shud b Long n Loud jus kno its gon b Fun so Dont wurry bout it we b playn dis ALL Summa so b Happy

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@lilj2626: Where are all the spelling and grammar Nazi's , I wonder. Lol

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I have strong feelings this will be a stinker but Sony spot will worship it for have 2hours of gameplay and 3hours of cinamatics

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@emptycow718: The feeling are not strong in this one.

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No Co-op = no purchase. I loved the co-op arena and adventure modes from earlier games. I'm still looking forward to the campaign, but for that I'll just redbox it for $3.

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Easily going to be game of the year contender.

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Can't wait to play this on crushing haha

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I mean, at least clear the text box after I've clicked post comment.

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"Slow down there turbo, you're acting like a bot." That's a fun new addition to the Gamespot comment section. I'd prefer visual feedback indicating my comment was posted but I'll settle for a chuckle.

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This article says "no co-op" where as the dual shockers one specifically says "no campaign co-op." I really hope it's just a typographical error on Gamespot's part. I love uncharted co-op. Although, if they butchered it like the rest of the multiplayer, maybe it's better left dead.

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@Mr_Meteos: ND said in the live stream no co-op of any kind. F'ing ridiculous after having great co-op modes in the earlier games.

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I will 100% buy this, I love uncharted...too bad I will never be able to platinum this however...I don't play multiplayer, I don't even have ps+, if only they finally separate the online/offline trophies in games like this, its so unfair

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Gamespot, please stop auto-playing the videos. It's just annoying.

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Uncharted 4: Longer and Harder

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I can't wait for this to release so Gamespot can stop posting 3-4 UC4 stories a day.

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@k9kal85: This is nothing compared to how they were with Destiny.

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How many levels are filled with cinematic walking?

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@Bread_or_Decide: How many people are going to get it through their heads that Uncharted is a cinematic experience with amazing gunplay! Go play CoD if you don't want to understand.

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@NbAlIvEr10000: So you're in favor of cinematic walking aka doing nothing while the game secretly loads the next level.

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@Bread_or_Decide: Dont know much about game design, huh? If the cutscene is seamless and is being 100% rendered by the game engine with real-time graphics, then nothing is being loaded that already hasnt been.

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Seriously Gamespot, it's time that you got rid of that worthless abortion you call your "video player". It barely works, it stutters constantly & it uses far too much bandwidth than it needs to. 300,000 different video players on the internet & yours is the only one that's consistently fucking useless. Just get rid of it & use YouTube for everything.

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@CrouchingWeasel: I just have Firefox set to "click to load flash" so there is no auto-run. If they have a video I want to watch I just go directly to their youtube page.

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@CrouchingWeasel: supposedly they have a feedback forum, you still don't see improvements.

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"....it's expected to be longer than the first three entries in the series."

Love the games or hate 'em, let's be real here, that wouldn't take much. The games have never really been known for their extensive length.

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@Jasurim: You're right, but that was never the point.

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@Arkhalipso: Of the game or of the comment itself? Either way, no of course not, but the article seems to focus on it and it just seems like such an empty statement. We''ll see once the game comes out if the added depth is anything meaningful, but it seems promising. I'm not sure about these branching dialogues though.

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@Jasurim: I mean like most linear games, it's not supposed to be long. I was hoping 4 to have at least the same lenght as the others, so this is good news.

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@Arkhalipso: Yeah, but I think it was a given. But hey, I can't say I'm disappointed either.

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Y'know what else has 'pretty signifigant length'? Hehe.. hahahahaaaaa...

Titanic. Seriously, that movie is freaking long.

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So pretty much the length and difficulty we would expect of an Uncharted game... great article.

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@SoNin360: long and hard........heh......eh???? ugh

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Longer than all three added together?

Either way I think I would be pleased with the duration of this game.

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