Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an upcoming action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game published by Sony Computer Entertainment and developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation 4 video game console. It has also been announced that this will be the last entry in the Uncharted series featuring the character of Nathan Drake. The game is set to release in either the first or second quarter of 2016.
Set three years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Nathan Drake, now retired as a fortune hunter, has settled into a normal life with his wife Elena Fisher. His world is then turned upside down when his older brother Sam, long believed dead, suddenly appears seeking Drake’s help. Together they embark on a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a conspiracy behind a long lost pirate colony and its fabled pirate treasure. Naughty Dog outlined the game’s plot as “his greatest adventure yet and will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves”.
On November 14, 2013, Naughty Dog released a teaser trailer for a new Uncharted game, saying that it will be released for the PlayStation 4. The trailer featured voice over by Todd Stashwick, who was to play Sam, Nathan Drake’s older brother, in the game. The trailer shows an ancient map of the African continent while the voice over can be heard. The map stops at Madagascar and Île Sainte-Marie is marked, which was part of Francis Drake’s travel route. A Latin sentence is written next to the drawing of a skull: Hodie mecum eris in paradiso (which translates to “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise”), a quote from Luke 23:43.
In March 2014, it was announced that Amy Hennig, the series writer and creative director, and Justin Richmond, the game director of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End at the time, had both left the studio, joining Visceral Games and Riot Games, respectively. In April 2014, Todd Stashwick, who voiced the narrator in the teaser trailer and was set to play Sam in the game, was announced to no longer be involved in the game, with the role being recast.
In June 2014, Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells revealed that game directors for The Last of Us, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, were now leading the project in Hennig’s absence. As a result, many of the story elements and eight months of shooting were scrapped and abandoned. At the Sony E3 2014 press conference in June 2014, the title of the game was revealed to be Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End along with a 2015 release window. On December 6, 2014, a gameplay demo of Uncharted 4 was shown as the initial presentation of the PlayStation Experience. Troy Baker later confirmed via Twitter that he had voiced Drake’s older brother Sam, who appeared in the demo opposite Nathan Drake. On March 11, 2015, Naughty Dog confirmed that Uncharted 4 was delayed to early 2016 to allow for additional development time. On June 4, 2015, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection which is a remastered version of the first three in the series, was announced for the PlayStation 4. Players who purchase the collection will gain access to Uncharted 4 ’s multiplayer beta. It is set to release on October 9, 2015 in North America.
On June 16, 2015, a new demo was showcased at the end of Sony’s E3 Press Conference. The demo featured a much bigger environment, large amounts of destruction, new combat moves, and the return of Nathan Drake’s fan favorite mentor, Victor Sullivan. An extended trailer at an E3 press briefing also revealed the return of Nathan’s wife Elena Fisher. On July 8, 2015, it was announced that Robin Atkin Downes would be involved in the game. While Naughty Dog originally targeted a rate of 60 frames per second for the whole game, it was announced that a 30 frames per second rate is now being targeted for the campaign, while 60 frames per second is still being targeted for the multiplayer modes. Naughty Dog previously expressed difficulties in getting the game to reach 60 frames per second.