NATHAN Drake will be an older and wiser ex-treasure hunter who is “forced back into the world of thieves” at the start of Uncharted 4.
In a new fact sheet, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEE), it has also been confirmed that levels will be far more expansive, allowing for the drivable vehicles witnessed in the trailer.
In terms of location, Sony give a brief mention of Madagascar, could that be the jungle covered location in the gameplay trailer?
In the fact sheet SCEE said:
“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 his greatest adventure in a globe-trotting journey in pursuit of a historical conspiracy behind a fabled pirate treasure. Every treasure has its cost and this adventure will test Drake’s physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves.”
So we know that something/someone Drake cares about will be in danger.
Perhaps his recurring love interest, Elena or his brother, Sam, making his first appearance.
More information is given about the story, such as where it sits in the timeline:
“Set three years after UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception, Nathan Drake has presumably left the world of fortune hunting behind. It doesn’t take long for adventure to come calling when Drake’s brother, Sam, resurfaces seeking his help and offering an adventure Drake can’t resist. On the hunt for Captain Henry Avery’s long-lost treasure, Sam and Drake set off to find Libertalia, the pirate utopia deep in Madagascar.”
This seems to be treading familiar ground as Uncharted 2: Among Thieves had a similar call to adventure beginning from an old acquaintance.
I could also place a hefty wager that this Libertalia place has some deadly mystical power in it that should be left alone.
If the narrative doesn’t change, I at least I hope that for once there’s a development in the character relationships.
The Nathan and Elena ‘thing’ seems to only happen off screen e.g. the proposal. In the games they are always at a stage in their relationship equivalent to 14 year olds pulling each other’s hair to show they ‘like’ one another.
Also, Sully hasn’t changed since Drake’s fortune, Do something with him Naughty Dog, please.
In a final break down of features and selling points, the fact sheet also lists:
Next-Gen Blockbuster Adventure: UNCHARTED 4 ushers in a more cinematic experience on the PS4 system with real-time cut scenes and new character animations to highlight Naughty Dog’s signature storytelling.
Dynamic Gameplay: Evolved mechanics give players many fresh approaches to gameplay, including new rope and grappling mechanics, added climbing moves and equipment, and seamless fluidity between melee, stealth, and combat.
Expansive Environments: Varied and richly detailed environments open up with multiple navigation paths to encourage exploration. Gameplay and enemy AI strategically leverage the wider design and added verticality. Drivable Vehicles: For the first time in UNCHARTED history, drive vehicles during gameplay to make big moments even more spectacular and interactive.
UNCHARTED Multiplayer: UNCHARTED 4 will continue to evolve the franchise’s multiplayer experience on PS4.