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Story Details For Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Emerge At PSX Panel

Shortly following the unveiling of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy at Sony's PlayStation Experience Showcase, Naughty Dog writer Josh Sherr, animator Shaun Escayg, and lead gameplay designer Kurt Margenau took to the stage to reveal new details about the upcoming side story, which follows Chloe Frazier and Nadine Ross.

The game started development as a DLC add-on for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, but the team quickly realized it was a much bigger game than that, and changed their focus. The Lost Legacy is now being created as a standalone story experience that will be longer than The Last of Us: Left Behind, but shorter than Uncharted 4.

Actress Claudia Black (Chloe), also took the stage to discuss the game along with fellow actress Laura Bailey (Nadine). Black said the two hunters uniting is an interesting dynamic for Chloe, who is a lone gun that doesn't like to play with others. The game is set largely in India, a place Naughty Dog views as a rich geographical playground with hidden temples and iconic architecture. Escayg also points out that Chloe is half Indian, and her connection to this region is a big part of this story, which takes place after the events of Uncharted 4.

In terms of gameplay, Sherr says that the team is expanding on what they made in Uncharted 4 and are pushing it as far as they can. This means we'll see a mix of linear and open environments. Chloe and Nadine are searching for an ancient tusk that is believed to be in India. That search reaches to fantastical underground areas and tombs.

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Make Your Way Through The Slums In Upcoming Stand-Alone Title Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Today during the PlayStation Experience livestream, Naughty Dog showed off gameplay for an upcoming stand-alone title related to the Uncharted series, called Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The gameplay segmented showed that you play as a young woman in a foreign city, who later removes her hijab to be revealed as Chloe Frazier, a prominent character from the series and Nathan Drake's brief love interest, who was introduced in Uncharted 2. 

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We also saw the return of mercenary Nadine Ross, one of the main antagonist in Uncharted 4. Playing as Chloe, the segment showed her making her way through the slums, avoiding the attention of guards, until she ends up on a rooftop, as explosions appear in the distance. After a brief conflict with a slew of enemies, who she beats to a pulp and kicks off the roof, we see her meet with Nadine. 

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See Naughty Dog deconstruct Uncharted 4′s physics animation at GDC 2017

At GDC 2017 next year, Naughty Dog technical animator Michal Mach will reveal how its remarkable physics-driven animation systems came together. Don’t miss it! …


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Survival Co-op Mode Coming To Uncharted 4

Keeping in line with their drip-feed of free content, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is getting a survival cooperative mode in mid-December.

Uncharted 4: Survival puts up to three players against up to 50 waves of increasingly harder enemies over 10 maps on any difficulty. Pirate Warlord bosses invade every 10 waves, as evidenced by the Djinn-wielding Henry Avery in the trailer.

Survival mode also gives players some non-combat-oriented objectives like collecting items, defending a specific area, or taking out marked enemies. Modifiers also change the game up even further by enforcing specific limits like only dealing damage through pistols, melee attacks, or headshots .

Co-op survival has its own progression system, complete with Relic Challenges, exclusive vanity items (that can also be used in competitive multiplayer), unlockable upgrades, and customizable loadouts. Ranking up gives access to Survival-exclusive, one-use boosters, new items, and equipment upgrades. Players can also upgrade during matches by buying better weapons and Mysticals from the cash earned by defeating enemies and completing objectives.

Survival mode will be playable at the PlayStation Experience in Anaheim on December 3 and 4.

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[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
Co-op is a fantastic addition to the steady stream of free updates that Naughty Dog has patched in since the game's release in May. A whole new mode and game type is another great way to supplement the free competitive maps and cosmetic items. Also, I would not be surprised if we see a glimpse of the single-player DLC for Uncharted 4 at PSX in addition to this co-op mode.

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Uncharted 4 Leads The Pack For 2016 “The Game Awards” Nominations

With 2016 coming to a close soon, we've officially entered awards season. Today Geoff Keighley's organization announced the nominees for The Game Awards, the online offshoot of the now defunct Spike VGAs. 

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End currently sits in pole position for the awards, with a crowd-leading eight nominations. Blockbuster shooter Overwatch and two indie darlings, Inside and Firewatch, tied for second with five nominations apiece. You can see the entire list below:

GAME OF THE YEAR
For a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

DOOM (id Software/Bethesda)
Inside (Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/Electronic Arts)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST GAME DIRECTION 
Recognizing a game studio for outstanding creative vision, game direction and design.

Blizzard (for Overwatch)
DICE (for Battlefield 1)
id Software (for DOOM)
Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)
Respawn (for Titanfall 2)

BEST NARRATIVE
For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Inside (Playdead)
Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)
Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)

BEST ART DIRECTION
For outstanding creative and technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Inside (Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)

BEST MUSIC/SOUND DESIGN
For outstanding audio, inclusive of score, original song, licensed soundtrack and sound design.

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
DOOM (id/Bethesda)
Inside (Playdead)
Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
Thumper (Drool)

BEST PERFORMANCE
Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay, Mafia III
Cissy Jones as Delilah, Firewatch
Emily Rose as Elena, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Nolan North as Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Rich Summer as Henry, Firewatch
Troy Baker as Sam Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

GAMES FOR IMPACT
Honoring exemplary games that take on real-world issues and advocate for social change.

1979 Revolution (iNK Stories)
Block’hood (Plethora Project/Devolver Digital)
Orwell (Osmotic Studios/Surprise Attack)
Sea Hero Quest (Glitchers)
That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)

BEST INDEPENDENT GAME
For outstanding achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

Firewatch (Campo Santo)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Inside (Playdead)
Stardew Valley (ConcernedApe/Chucklefish Games)
The Witness (Thelka, Inc.)

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD
For the best game playable on mobile phones and dedicated gaming handhelds.

Clash Royale (Supercell)
Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
Monster Hunter Generations (Capcom)
Pokemon Go (Niantic)
Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

BEST VR GAME
For the best game experience playable in virtual reality.

Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WBIE)
EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games)
Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)
Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
Thumper (Drool)

BEST ACTION GAME
For the best game experience focused around first or third person combat.

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
DOOM (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME
For the best game experience that combines combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Hitman (IO Interactive/Square-Enix)
Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

BEST RPG
The best game designed for rich player character customization and progression, both offline and online, including massively multiplayer.

Dark Souls 3 (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square-Enix)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — Blood and Wine (CD Projekt RED)
World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard)
Xenoblade Chronicles X (Monolith Soft/Nintendo)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
For a game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

Killer Instinct Season 3 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus USA)
Pokken Tournament (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Co.)
Street Fighter V (Capcom)

BEST STRATEGY GAME
Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy.

Civilization VI (Firaxis Games/2K)
Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
Total War: Warhammer (Creative Assembly/Sega)
XCOM 2 (Firaxis Games/2K)

BEST FAMILY GAME
Best game for family play, including toys-to-life, rhythm/music/dance, and other genres. 

Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Fusion/WBIE)
Pokemon Go (Niantic)
Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Skylanders: Imaginators (Toy for Bob/Activision)

BEST SPORTS/RACING
For traditional and non-traditional sports and racing games.

FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
MLB The Show 16 (SCE San Diego Studio/SIE)
NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES Productions/Konami)

BEST MULTIPLAYER
For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences. 

Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team 17)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

MOST ANTICIPATED GAME
An upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise in moving the gaming medium forward.

God of War (Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Mass Effect: Andromeda (Bioware/EA)
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

TRENDING GAMER
For a notable influencer, online streamer or media personality in 2016.

AngryJoeShow
Boogie2988
Danny O’Dwyer
JackSepticEye
Lirik

BEST FAN CREATION
For fan-created content, such as MODs, fan films, and other player content.

Project A2MR
Pokemon Uranium
Brutal Doom 64
Enderal: The Shards of Order

BEST ESPORTS PLAYER
The eSports player judged to be the most outstanding performer in 2016, irrespective of game.

Faker – Lee Sang-hyeok (SK Telecom T1, League of Legends)
Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
ByuN –Hyun Woo (Starcraft 2)
Infiltrator – Lee Seeon-woo (Team Razer, Street Fighter V)
Hungrybox – Juan Debiedma (Team Liquid, Super Smash Bros.)

BEST ESPORTS TEAM
The eSports team or organization judged to be the most outstanding for performance in 2016, irrespective of game.

SK Telecom T1 (League of Legends)
Wings Gaming (DOTA2)
SK Gaming
ROX Tigers (League of Legends)
Cloud 9

BEST ESPORTS GAME
The eSports game that has shown creative and technical excellence in 2016 with the best gameplay, community support and content updates.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
DOTA2 (Valve)
League of Legends (Riot)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Street Fighter V (Capcom)

You can watch the show Thursday, December 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET on TheGameAwards.com, Facebook Live, PlayStation Network, Steam, Twitch, Twitter, Xbox Live, or YouTube. You can vote for the fan awards here.

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The Last Of Us Remastered, Uncharted 4 Get PS4 Pro Support

Two of Naughty Dog's most acclaimed games are a whole lot prettier on the PlayStation 4 Pro. Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us Remastered have a day-one patch that adds graphical improvements. The PlayStation Blog detailed exactly what this patch adds to the experience. Both games will support HDR, which should give more brightness to the vibrant colors.

The most impressive upgrade is The Last of Us, which allows you to play at 30 frames per second at 2160p or at 60 for 1800p. Either of these will be downgraded to 1080p according to your TV, but should still look fairly amazing.
 

Uncharted 4 doesn't get quite the same upgrade, but it's nothing to sneeze at. The story mode can be played at 1440p and the multiplayer can finally be played at 1080p.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
Naughty Dog has a reputation of combining amazing stories with impressive graphics, so it's great to see them updating their older games to take advantage of new hardware. This should add value to anyone who owns all the necessary equipment to enjoy it, but it might be a few years before many people can see these enhancements

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Report: Uncharted Movie Back On Track, Lands A Director

You can never count Nathan Drake out. After last
month's reports
of the forever-in-development
Uncharted film being delayed indefinitely,
Deadline
is
reporting
that the project is back on track with Shawn Levy signing on as
director.

Levy has directed a number of comedies in the past, including
the Night at the Museum trilogy and the
Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson buddy flick, The
Internship
. His recent credits include directing two episodes of Stranger Things (with more slated for
season 2), and producing the upcoming sci-fi drama, Arrival.

September's indefinite delay was rumored
to be
so that the film's script writer, Joe Carnahan, could direct the
movie as well, but Deadline is
reporting that Carnahan is instead focusing on Bad Boys For Life, which he was previously committed to. Deadline says the movie is now on the
fast track, though we still don't have an ETA on when the film will be
released, or who will be playing the series' all-important roles.

[Source: Deadline]

 

Our Take
As I said after the
recent news of a
Gears of War movie
, fans should temper their expectations. A lot can happen
during the pre-production process that can lead to delays or cancellation. That
said, the announcement of a director coming on board is certainly promising
news, especially after the project being delayed indefinitely. Here's hoping
everyone involved with the project is smart enough to cast NATHAN FILLION as
Drake!

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Ubisoft Turned Naughty Dog Animator Shows How Uncharted 4′s Most Memorable Sequences Came Together

Jonathan Cooper is an animator who has some impressive games and studios on his resume. He was the animation director for Assassin's Creed III with Ubisoft, lead animator on Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 with BioWare, and moved over Naughty Dog in 2014 to work on Uncharted 4.

He recently released a reel on his personal Vimeo account of highlights from Uncharted 4. It shows the pre-visualised animation for a handful of the big interactive sequences from the game, including the early sequence where Mr. and Mrs. Drake play Crash Bandicoot. It offers a small amout of insight into the amount of work that went into creating Uncharted 4.

Jonathan Cooper Demo Reel 2016 from Jonathan Cooper on Vimeo.

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New PlayStation 4 Slim Gets Limited Edition Uncharted 4 Bundle

Get ready for adventure with this new PS4 slim console bundled with a copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Uncharted PlayStation 4 bundles are nothing new, but on September 15, players will be able to get their hands on one of Sony’s new PlayStation 4 slims bundled together with Naughty Dog’s excellent Uncharted 4 for the base price of $ 299.99. Canadian gamers can look forward to a similar bundle that packs the system with NHL 17.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
This isn't Sony's new PlayStation 4 Pro, but Uncharted 4 is one of the best game's on Sony's current console, so this is still a pretty good deal for those who don't have a PS4 yet and aren't sold on the PS4 Pro.

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New PlayStation 4 Slim Gets Limited Edition Uncharted 4 Bundle

Get ready for adventure with this new PS4 slim console bundled with a copy of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Uncharted PlayStation 4 bundles are nothing new, but on September 15, players will be able to get their hands on one of Sony’s new PlayStation 4 slims bundled together with Naughty Dog’s excellent Uncharted 4 for the base price of $ 299.99. Canadian gamers can look forward to a similar bundle that packs the system with NHL 17.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
This isn't Sony's new PlayStation 4 Pro, but Uncharted 4 is one of the best game's on Sony's current console, so this is still a pretty good deal for those who don't have a PS4 yet and aren't sold on the PS4 Pro.

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