Uncharted 4 Will Expand the Sandbox, Dev Says

"I think our goal with the layouts in some of these spaces is that there's not that golden path," designer says.


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Naughty Dog is designing PlayStation 4 action-adventure game Uncharted 4: A Thief's End in an open, sandbox style, where players have a range of options for how they want to tackle an objective. The overall goal, according to co-lead designer Ricky Cambier, is to never force players down one path or another, but instead to set them free to take on challenges as they see fit.

"I think our goal with the layouts in some of these spaces is that there's not that golden path," Cambier told Game Informer. "You turn this corner, you're going to find something surprising. Or maybe this way you're going to use your potions; the mixup of your different tools. There might be a shimmy ledge this way, there might be things that break this way; so every path has that action, that tempo that you want."

Cambier, who previously worked on The Last of Us, added that Naughty Dog's task with Uncharted 4 is "figuring out how to design on this new scale" that the power of the PS4 provides.

"Because you want to go bigger in this jungle layout that we have," he said. "You can see just all the avenues that Drake has; these new tools. You give the player a tool like the grappling hook. Then you realize how much space you need to fulfill that and how far you can go. How you design a space that has that size and that epicness, but is still understandable, digestible."

Cambier pointed out that past Uncharted games, as well as The Last of Us, started to move toward a more sandbox approach, but explained that Uncharted 4 is moving things even further forward with regards to player freedom. The demo shown during PlayStation Experience in December (above) highlights this new level of non-linearity, as Drake can swing from ledge to ledge, and take down foes in any number of ways.

Uncharted 4 launches later this year exclusively on PS4. Sony has not yet announced a release date for the game. For more on Uncharted 4, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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I think people are taking the meaning too far. I don't think they meant that uc4 was going to be a sandox game. Its still going to be a linear 3rd person shooter, but it will have a lot bigger set pieces then before. So it will feel a little more sandboxy.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yup, and the key word here is 'some'. Some of these spaces...

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Am I the only one who likes uncharted to be linear ? They just pull off all the scenes in such a good way that I couldn't care less I have no "real" exploration.

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Cambier, who previously worked on << LINK REMOVED >>, added that Naughty Dog's task with Uncharted 4 is "figuring out how to design games".

Fixed that for you.

The PS3 already provided you that power. It isn't new. Dumbasses. And sorry but no, there was literally nothing sandbox about TLOU or UC2 or 3, at all.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sandbox, no, but I did feel The Last of Us was a lot less linear than any Uncharted game. Though that isn't saying a whole lot.

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Time to upgrade my pc for this gem!!!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> lol

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Pretty much sounds like a sandbox game to me... At anyrate it is about time they made Uncharted more open I'm not a fan of linear shooters.

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is the whole game set in the jungle this time around?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> According to the GameInformer article, no.

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Well, this is a step forward. Perhaps I'll actually enjoy this game.

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pleased to hear (well, read) that :)

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Ok ND i believe in u. Take ur time and give us what we're all hoping for. The bar's been raised so high with the last 2 UC games and TLOU.

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At 5:45 in the Uncharted video the spike magically disappears from Drake's hand. Then when he jumps, it magically appears so he can stick into the side of the soft rock.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Same can be said about the pick axe in tomb raider as well as Lara's rifle disappearing while taking out a handgun.

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This will be a system-seller as again and again... Inferior console users will have to play this game's inferior version called Tom.. and i hope they will get enjoyment close to this game which is very unlikely.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I am also a PlayStation user( have been since day one) and fan of most of the exclusive titles(including this one) but seriously you have got to stop with the Superiority BS. Youre the reason why Xbox fan boys will start a meaningless argument while the PC gamers boast altogether. Every platform has its system sellers and lets just leave it at that.

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NAUGHTY DOG we believe in you

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Good news and I know Uncharted 4 will be a great game. Naughty Dog is one of the few devs I truly trust.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> and of course Rockstar.

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Amen to that

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That's great news, I really like this approach that many devs are taking, trying to give more freedom to the players to play the game the way they want to play it.

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uncharted 4 will expand the hype to no end like never before! prepare for useless hype and ps fans praising about something not even out and calling anyone a xbox fanboy at every chance!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I am sort of a ps fan ( probably cuz ive played it my entire life) but im pretty sure that the gaming community has matured now, I think...

Anyways, the main reason of this game being hyped to this extent lies in the fact that this is made by a popular developer which has delivered good games in the past and already has a well established fan base.

Im sorry but the hype will only increase from now till release day. Also, people have seen the 15 minute demo which is why they have a good idea of what the game is like so the "praise" is completely justified.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> i direct you to the angryjoe review for the last of us remastered his view on fanb0ts and in this case the hate he heared for it and his response to it is spot on

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Seriously?

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This would be awesome if it were applied to The Last of us.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Maybe tlou 2 it will happen.

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But it won't expand the framerate, because that would harm the player experience!

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Rise of the Tomb Raider has no chance of competing with this, lol.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> good thing you'll evetually get to play both considering tombraider is a timed exclusive

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<< LINK REMOVED >> because people can only play one or the other? If both are great games, why can't people play/buy both?

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This will be the year i get a PS4 if U4 is released even when i dont like the cobtroller much. I will also play Rise of thr TR, so it is a win win if people open their minds and enjoy the games regardless of which console they released on.

The funny thing is to see people praising or attacking games that have not been released yet.

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Because you can only praise games that are exclusive to your console and trash everything else if you aren't a real gamer who buys multiple relevant systems.

You new here?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> while i agree that real gamers play multiple or in my case all gaming formats tomb raider is not a true exclusive plus your a well known xb0t with an xbox one user pic so it's tough to take your views seriously

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<< LINK REMOVED >> what? Tomb Raider competing with this masterpiece? in ur dreams

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Good thing they don't have to. They will be released far apart from each other.

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Uncharted has no chance of a 2015 release date.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> it's unlikely but not impossible naughty dog are a well run studio i'm guessing holiday 2015 or the first half of 2016 if they want to add a little extra tlc

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If it's more open world then they better make more options to get from a-b. Not just break the track up into 3 ways where 2 of them are dead ends. Cant tell you how many times I'd get angry at these games because I wasn't allowed to, for example, just climb up a vine over a wall, I had to do it the games way which a lot of the time was obscure and stupid. In a game with climbing mechanics I should be looking for the most natural way to solve a climbing puzzle, not a gaming solution (jump on the gold thing because its Nate can only hold onto gold!)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The price of being "cinematic" and having nice animations and stuff :).