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A Stolen Shipment Of Uncharted 4 Copies Surface In The UK, Police Involved

You may have seen reports that copies of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End have been surfacing in the UK. The immediate thought is that one or more retailers broke the street date and gave some happy gamers a head start. That’s not exactly what happened.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida explains that the copies circulating were stolen in transit. The police are now involved in the matter.

Yoshida says that Sony will work to protect users from spoilers as best it can. “As with most Naughty Dog games, the unfolding story is such an integral part of the experience and for this reason we wanted to warn you to beware of the potential for spoilers to be posted by people with access to stolen copies of the game,” he writes. “An extremely talented team has worked long and hard to bring Nathan Drake’s greatest adventure to life and we would urge you to help us prevent this from being spoiled by purchasing copies of the game ahead of the launch date. Please rest assured we will be very vigilant to protect you from this as far as we can so you can enjoy Uncharted 4’s experience to its fullest on May 10.”

While Yoshida doesn’t go into specifics, we can expect that Sony will be aggressively monitoring Twitch and YouTube to shut down any footage. Unfortunately, text is harder to monitor, so social media and forums are likely to carry some amount of danger for the next couple of weeks.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]


Our Take
This isn’t the first time the video game industry has been targeted for physical theft (though it is certainly less common than digital pilfering). In 2011, a French shipment of 6,000 Modern Warfare 3 copies were stolen. Last year, a truck full of Splatoon Amiibos were lifted in the UK.

We get it. You want to play these anticipated games (and sell them second hand). But when you target a game subtitled “A Thief’s End,” you may just be setting yourself up to get caught. – The Feed

Naughty Dog Drops One Last Uncharted 4 Trailer Before Nathan Drake’s Final Adventure

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is the final installment of the series starring Nathan Drake. Will the series go on? Quite possibly given its premier standing in the PlayStation exclusive line-up, but it won't be easy saying goodbye to the franchise's lovable rapscallion.

In the lead-up to this last dance with Nathan Drake, Naughty Dog as released a final trailer that shows what's at stake for the veteran treasure hunter. You can watch it here:

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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is coming to PlayStation 4 on May 10. – The Feed

Multiplayer Mode Plunder Will Return In Uncharted 4

Naughty Dog detailed in a PlayStation Blog post that the multiplayer mode Plunder, which was featured in both Uncharted 2 and 3, will return in the series' upcoming instalment.

This time around, Uncharted 4's Plunder will differ slightly from its previous iterations. Players will now compete in teams of four and they will be able to move around the map freely while the idol is in their possession. Throwing the idol, of course, is still a key part of the gameplay. Plunder will have three maps, including Island, Madagascar City, and Rooftops, each of which have been featured in the Uncharted 4 Beta and the Multiplayer Stress Test. The multiplayer mode is playable at PAX East this weekend.

You can watch a short trailer for the capture the flag themed Plunder below.

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Naughty Dog promises more news on Uncharted 4's multiplayer after the conclusion of PAX East. "Let me assure you, what we will be revealing soon after PAX East will please a lot of people," wrote lead game designer Robert Cogburn in his PlayStation Blog post. 

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has been delayed a few times, and now aims for a May 10 release date for PlayStation 4. Watch our recent Test Chamber here and read Kyle's feature on five things that surprised him so far about the game. – The Feed

Test Chamber – Driving A Jeep And Shooting Dudes For 20 Minutes In Uncharted 4

We recently got a chance to play through 20 minutes of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and you can now experience what we experienced.

This section takes place around the halfway point of the game, and features Nathan Drake, his brother Sam, and Sully on a road trip in Madagascar. We get a good look at driving the jeep through Uncharted 4's large levels, see some of the new mechanics that help Nathan stay stealthier, and use the Jeep's winch to make our way through the environment.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End got a small delay recently, but it's planned for release on May 10 on PlayStation 4.

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For more on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, check out all of our features from when the game was on our cover. You can also find a two-page preview of the game in the next issue of Game Informer magazine.

For more Test Chamber, click the banner below, or check out our hub. – The Feed

Five Things That Surprised Me In Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

I recently got to spend an extended period of time with Uncharted 4. You can see my playthrough here, but there were a handful of things I felt were worth calling out separately. My time featured a number of surprising moments and mechanics, but it still felt like an Uncharted experience.

The Jeep
Nathan Drake is no stranger to riding in vehicles, or jumping off of them as they explode, but it’s rare that he and the player are behind the wheel. Nathan spent some time on a wave runner in the original Uncharted, but this is a much different experience.

In the level I played, which was at about the halfway point in the game, the Jeep isn’t so much about covering lots of ground quickly as it is about serving as an extension of Nathan’s ability to navigate the environment. In this way, it felt a bit like the Batmobile from Batman: Arkham Knight. It doesn’t seem that the Jeep will be as instrumental to Nathan’s adventure as the Batmobile was to Batman’s, but the two share some commonalities. I used the Jeep to navigate steep inclines and took advantage of its winch to drive up slippery, muddy paths. I also used it in combat to run over two enemies, but was quickly taken out by sniper fire, as the jeep has no cover.

When I first jumped in, I thought I would take the Jeep to my destination and simply get out, but thankfully it seems to have more utility than that.

The Stealth
Uncharted has always had stealth sequences, but they rarely, if ever, did anything to stand out from the larger Uncharted experience. In A Thief’s End, stealth is fun and much easier to manage. It is aided tremendously by a Far Cry-like meter that lets the player know when enemies can see, or are starting to see you. It makes staying out of trouble when you don’t want it much easier. Over the course of my few playthroughs of the shootout sequence, I found my stealth run to be the most interesting and enjoyable.

The Enemy Marking
Before the gunfight sequence I played, there was ample opportunity to look at the battlefield before engaging and marking enemies. It reminded me of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, as both games are third-person shooters, and both have areas in Africa that are visually similar. An added bonus for marking enemies is if you die, all your marked enemies remain marked.

The Conversation
Uncharted is known for its banter and excellent performances, and the sequence I played in Uncharted 4 did not disappoint. Sully, Sam, and Drake all have funny lines and natural chemistry, but the thing that surprised me is how fluid the conversation is when I walked away. During a conversation between Sully and Sam about how buying and selling artifacts had changed thanks to the advent of the Internet, I got out of the Jeep and explored, and they naturally paused. When I got back to the car, they said something along the lines of, ”Where were we?” and picked right back up. The pause felt correct, and it did not sound as though the audio clip had been artificially clipped. They stopped talking, then started back up when I returned.

The Visuals
This is probably something that should not have surprised me, but the game looks fantastic. It’s the little things that impressed me. The characters movement and faces look great, but when the camera zoomed in on the Jeep’s dashboard, I was amazed how clear and detailed it was. I have grown accustomed to the generic flat dashboard texture in video game cars, and was surprised to see so much depth in such a small aspect of the game. It may be odd to highlight a car dashboard when it comes to talking about Uncharted 4’s impressive visuals, but it just goes to show how much detail Naughty Dog puts in everything.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End releases May 10 on PlayStation 4. For more on the game, head here to see our Test Chamber. – The Feed

Latest Making Of Uncharted 4 Video Shows off Drake’s New Moves

In the latest episode of their behind-the-scenes series on
Uncharted 4, the Naughty Dog developers talk about the game’s improved
mobility, more diverse terrain and smarter enemy AI. These new additions, the developers say, are all made possible through the power of the PS4.

The video showcases some of Drake’s new moves, including his
grappling hook and new found love of sneaking. Naughty Dog says the gameplay in
Last of Us greatly affected the stealth in Uncharted 4, and some enemies will
now be entirely avoidable. 

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You can watch the first part of the video here, which was
posted yesterday. Follow the links below to watch the first two episodes in
the series:

For more on Uncharted 4, head over to our cover story hub. – The Feed

Naughty Dog shares a guided look at its Uncharted 4 production process

As part of a marketing effort for the game, Naughty Dog offers a brief glimpse into how the studio is changing its production pipeline for its first (original) Uncharted game on PlayStation 4. …

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Watch Naughty Dog Discuss The Technical Work Behind Uncharted 4

Naughty Dog released the latest episode of its behind-the-scenes look at the making of Uncharted 4 today. In it, the developers discuss how the power of the PS4 allowed them to improve the look and feel of the series for Drake’s final adventure.  

The developers at Naughty Dog say Uncharted 4 will have vast improvements in texture, attention to detail, and scope compared to the last game in the series. Additionally, as was previously announced, in-game areas will be more open and allow for branching player exploration as opposed to the more linear gameplay seen in previous Uncharted titles. 

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Uncharted 4 is coming to PlayStation 4 on May 10. For an extended look at some of the in-game footage used in the video, check out the gameplay trailer from last year’s E3

You can also check out the previous entries in the five-part making-of series and our coverage hub from the February 2015 issue: – The Feed

Uncharted 4 Development Comes To A Finish

It's been a long haul with many delays, but Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has officially gone gold, meaning the game has reached the end of development and is headed to manufacturing.

The news comes in the form of tweets, from both Naughty Dog and Neil Druckmann, writer and director of Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us.

Learn About Uncharted 4′s Art Design And Characters In New Video

Naughty Dog and PlayStation have released a new video about the making of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, which tackles the art design and character development.

The video includes interviews with several of the games designers, developers, and voice actors, from art director Roph Ruppel to voice actor Nolan North.

Ruppel gives insight onto Nathan Drake's character development over the course of the series, and how technological advancements now make it possible to present small details like wrinkles and other facial aging qualities on Nathan. "As we got better, and as the platforms got better, we can see [Nathan] not only get more complex and more sophisticated, but he also is aging," Ruppel said.

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Voice actors Nolan North and Emily Rose also speak about their attachment to characters Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher, and how it has grown through the years.

Nolan North explained that, "Wisdom comes from experience and time, and Nathan Drake certainly has had enough experiences that lends itself to a lot of wisdom if he's paying attention." 

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is due for release May 10, 2016. You can check out our hub for the game from our February 2015 coverage. – The Feed