Uncharted 4 Announced For PS4

Are you putting off the purchase of a next generation console for now? That might be a wise choice, since the truly essential games won’t start coming out for several months. Even so, Playstation 4 finally launches tonight at midnight, and to make it clear it’s something you’ll probably want to get your hands on, the company celebrated the launch with an announcement that Uncharted 4 is a thing, and it’s going to be exclusive to the new console.

The game was announced during an online event earlier tonight, and though details were scant, a trailer accompanying the announcement was sufficiently intriguing. While Indiana Jones-style maps of Africa and Madagascar appear onscreen, the voice of… someone… complains about having been abandoned and left for dead for some 15 years, only to angrily declare “you owe” me at the very end. It’s enough to assume sight unseen that this was the voice of a former associate of Nathan Drake come to collect on an old debt, and enough to make me, at least, forget all about the frustrating second half of Uncharted 3. Let’s be honest though, none of us can really stay mad at Uncharted, can we?

Here’s the trailer.

And yes, that does sound suspiciously like Kevin Conroy, right? But it’s actually Todd Stashwick, best known for playing Dale Malloy on The Riches, as well as numerous other roles, including M’Fashnik on Buffy!

Tomorrow, we’ll dig into the history of Madagascar and try to figure out what, if anything, the Naughty Dog team might be building on for the latest Nathan Drake grave robbing adventure. Until then, care to speculate? I’ll start: Uncharted 4 will be about intelligent dinosaurs.

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25 Comments on Uncharted 4 Announced For PS4

Bob

On November 15, 2013 at 12:52 am

uncharted 3 was epic tosser

Bob

On November 15, 2013 at 12:52 am

uncharted 3 was epic You Tosser

Zing 45

On November 15, 2013 at 2:40 am

No, it really wasn’t.

Tonkinese

On November 15, 2013 at 3:54 am

Yeah it kind of was ing brilliant

Gum

On November 15, 2013 at 4:01 am

What was wrong with the second half of Uncharted 3? I quite liked the change of pace it provided. You need to go into more detail about stuff like this or you’re just going to come across as a flame-baiter.

Every Uncharted game so far has been really good, none of them perfect and not much replay value other than higher difficulty settings but all of them atmospheric and memorable. It’s also nice to see a triple-A series that doesn’t resort to forcing arbitrary superficial C&C in order to try and make it seem more epic than it really is. Let’s hope they don’t slip into that trend with the fourth instalment because the stories don’t need it, they work fine as linear narratives with good characters.

ted

On November 15, 2013 at 5:00 am

Time to buy… a month before Uncharted 4 is released.

Swcloud99

On November 15, 2013 at 6:54 am

I don’t see the point of an Uncharted 4.
They’ve taken that series has far as it could go.
Uncharted 3 was already just a rehash of Uncharted 3.
Seriously feeling a Crystal Skull situation here but without all the good nostalgia bits.

Swcloud99

On November 15, 2013 at 6:55 am

*Uncharted 2

Ross Lincoln

On November 15, 2013 at 8:23 am

First, I kind of love being called a Tosser. Thanks Bob! (Not sarcasm, honest.)

Second, Gum: Once Drake lands in Yemen and Elena is reintroduced, the story falls apart. The first half of the game introduces several themes and even a completely new character – many of those themes never once play into how the story is resolved, and that new character disappears for no reason at all. Further, the villains are never fully fleshed out, their motivations are completely obscure, and they kind of disappear from the plot for no reason right at the end. Further, starting with the giant pirate cruise ship, the game becomes boringly difficult – by which I mean, it’s not hard in the sense that you don’t know what to do or can’t get through it, but it seems designed to make you die again and again to the point the game starts getting tedious, and that’s the entire second half of the game. The Uncharted series depends on a momentum similar to adventure movies, and that momentum just collapses entirely once Drake is in Yemen.

After the very expertly executed Uncharted 2, it felt like a major step backward that relied on fan service and fan devotion, and the quality of the writing drops dramatically during the second half (Amy Hennig was apparently balancing several different projects by this point, and Uncharted 3 suffered for it.)

Tonkinese

On November 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm

@ ross I think many of us would completely disagree.
I do not think you know a decent game if it was dangled in front of you on a fishing rod !
for the simple fact is you are a very dull unimaginative reviewer who simply can not think outside what is presented.
And for people who are complaing about this this man once stated that Eternal Darkness was the last decent third party ip on a Nintendo console

R.J.

On November 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Part of me is mad that this isn’t a launch game, but I’ll gladly wait for more Uncharted.

Kakyo01

On November 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

@Tonkinese

Tonkinese

On November 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Id love it to be a launch title but thankfully it is not. it means at least we get a better planned title

Kakyo01

On November 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

@Tonkinese
you might want to consider that there are ppl out that that ‘would’ agree with Ross on the 2nd half of the game

the 2nd half felt odd to me… it felt like the characters in Uncharted 3 were tossed in and kicked out once a part of the story ended… never mentioning them again. it did fell like 2 games mashed together and if you look at the videos of NaughtyDog they give away why that happened.

NaughtyDog creates the locations first and after that write the story that will create the narrative for the game… and in Uncharted 3 it somewhat backfired in the 2nd half…

a discussion is pointless if you can’t understand that some ppl have a different taste than you and since you started to bash Ross right away i take a wild guess and place you among those ppl who are blinded by their own oppinion

Ross Lincoln

On November 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Contrary to what commenters seem to think, I actually love the series – which is why I’m so hard on 3, an inferior entry especially by comparison to 2, which was borderline genius in terms of pacing and gameplay + story blending and solidly awesome as well. I want more of them. And I want them to take their time making it, and make sure the team is focused solely on it. A year from now, two years from now doesn’t matter so long as the final result is good.

Ross Lincoln

On November 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm

And as was just noted, next time they need to consider building the story first and creating environments suited to it, instead of the other way around.

Tonkinese

On November 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

No i am still blinded by the fact that most people don’t know how story telling works. Like life there are many people that come and go or in fact do not even matter to the way the story or life develops they are just there for the journey the game explains this well and obviously you still havnt figured out the fact that stories even without character events.

As for attacking Ross i’m sure Ross understands that without critique how can he learn from his mistakes or learn to understand why people may not like him as a reviewer. i find him to be rather dull and completely missing the point or misunderstanding things in his reviews which makes for an interesting review but also it makes for a very opinionated review that can be based upon comparison or misinformation due to lack of information, there is nothing wrong with that.
I do find that several things he has stated as a professional writer to be rather well full of bull an example was the etenal darkness thing and that is well kind of dumb when you work for a website

Kakyo01

On November 16, 2013 at 2:15 am

given the amount of novels i read during a week or month i think i know how storytelling works. Uncharted 2 was a great example of storytelling. the characters staying with Nathan had a purpose to be there and those who were side characters left once their part was over…

most friends stay with to and see it through to the end and those who tagged along will disappear sonner or later

in Uncharted 3 it felt like you switched a large portion of the cast mid game… that’s what felt odd about it… some characters like Elaine were tossed in to see that they’re still alive and dropped out even though from a storytelling point she (of ALL characters) should have made a huge impact on Nathan instead of being mentioned on the sidelines (we see that they married inbetween games due to the rings and that they hardly talk to each other implies it doesn’t work well) but when we finally see them together Nathan jumps on the next best plane and flies to Yemen… their marriage has been mentioned / discussed by the other characters over and over and when the time came it was just glanced over and we’re tossed into the 2nd half of the game

a different point (different game):
in ME3 some ppl still claim that the “starchild” was good storytelling… a last minute character tossed in to give plot exposition and cut lose ends instead of actually fixing them

i don’t know what you think is good storytelling but as long as there ppl who think the ME3 starchild made sense i won’t trust anyones judgement on the internet about storytelling… it’s not worth my time :p

Gum

On November 16, 2013 at 2:56 am

I’ll admit that I didn’t like how Chloe and Cutter just disappeared halfway through and weren’t mentioned again, that was stupid. But I don’t think I agree about the antagonists. They didn’t need complex motivations because it wasn’t their story. They were just greedy. The focus was on Drake’s relationship with Sully, and in that respect I thought it did a good job. The difficulty wasn’t even that bad for me, I found the other two games got hellishly hard in the second half yet I probably agonised less over the third game than the first two.

Tonkinese

On November 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

The story isn’t about Nathan’s friends it is about him and his struggles. No most friends have their lives to attend to and are not required to push the story

The whole marriage, thing love hurts especially when its fresh of course Nathan wants to get away quickly you can tell it hurts him but he has to move on.

the villains don’t matter it’s not their story.

the whole thing with mass effect 3 was a little over blown the story was good and guess what in real life your decisions do not really matter when you have no control and that is what the game portrays loss of control. It was a let down but hell you can understand where the writiers were coming from.

As for Cutter he broke his leg from memory and Chloe had to look after him that why. it is what friends do

Bye, mate.

On November 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Sorry Tonkinese, I don’t think anyone’s really paying attention to what you say anymore. You’re now lashing out even at people who disagree with Ross just because they aren’t as positive as you are. It’s clear you’re either an Uncharted fanboy or a troll, so we’ll ignore your posts from here on out.

Tonkinese

On November 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

replying is not lashing out
lashing out would be calling you an idiot because you don’t have the capacity to understand a conversation

Ron Whitaker

On November 18, 2013 at 5:40 am

I loved the Uncharted games. Uncharted 2 was easily the best of the three, and I think that Ross is onto something here. The second half of Uncharted 3 does feel like it’s all over the place, and I think a lot of it was simply fan service, to make sure that people got to see their favorite characters. Never mind if it makes sense to the story, we’re getting everyone in there.

@Tonkinese: You said, “for the simple fact is you are a very dull unimaginative reviewer who simply can not think outside what is presented.”

The job of a reviewer is to review EXACTLY what is presented. As reviewers, we can’t be expected to take into account what someone wanted a game to be like. That doesn’t matter. The very essence of being a game reviewer (or a movie reviewer, or a tech reviewer) is to review the thing that you are presented with. Not what its creator intended, or hoped for, or dreamed of.

Should we have taken into account the deep love that everyone at Gearbox has fore the Aliens franchise when reviewing Colonial Marines? They’re all huge fans of the series, and it shows when you talk to them about it. Did that matter to the quality of the title they created? Not a bit.

If Ross is not thinking “outside of what is presented,” that is a GOOD thing.

Tonkinese

On November 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

by not thinking outside of what is presented is not in term towards the games aspiring is in the story, for the points he missed either due to lack of understanding or he just didn’t get it.

like with aliens yeah some parts were great never played the console version. the story was okay certainly was not filled with plot holes like many a person said they just didn’t have history of the series down pat .
Buit damn that game was not as good as it should have been !

But Ross is basing his feelings toward the game based upon how genius number 2 was. and that is a separate product like Ac 1 to Ac 2. The game is separate but apart of a series. and what i find clouding is when a reviewer automaticly downs a title because it was not as good as the original or previous entry that should not come into play ass a review as a whole but as a side or secondary part to a review.

Could be worse i read a review from a guy from another site about a sports title, the guy obviously never played a sports title before and the review was just bad. It was full of the feeling that he really was forced to play it!

but there is more to reviewing than just black and white it’s just in all the reviews i have read of Ross he just does not seem to completely get the product he is reviewing he seems to either overlook something crucial or ship jumping . They usually are very inconsistent towards their goal. and he blindly states thing with out information to source or just again does something like with his quote about Nintendo not having any decent third party titles since Eternal Darkness! see it may be his opinion. But as a reviewer seriously he has his in his hand if he is making a statement like that it just shows how much of a skilled reviewer he is

Ross Lincoln

On November 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Actually, my feelings about U3 are based on that game’s relative merits and demerits. It is objectively and demonstrably inferior to 2. I also happen to love this series and am looking forward to the next game. I am not, however, planning to change my mind about 3. It really falls apart in the second half.