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Dissecting The Characters Of Uncharted 4

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End pushes players to unearth one of the greatest pirate treasures of all – Henry Avery’s stash, worth an estimated two to four hundred million dollars. For thrill-seeker Nathan Drake, Avery’s haul has been somewhat of a white whale. He’s chased it before, but has come up with nothing to show for his efforts. He abandoned his quest to find it, and recently put treasure hunting behind him altogether, settling into a life or normalcy with his other love, Elena.

He removed himself from the dangers of looking for dead men’s gold for approximately three years, until his brother Sam showed up. Sam is Nathan’s long-lost brother – a sibling he thought died many years ago. Sam’s surprising return comes with a hope: a new clue that could lead to the location of Avery’s haul. It also brings a price: coming out of retirement and turning his back on his family.

We don’t know how Nathan is lured away from his domesticated life – either by his own volition or by another means linked to his brother – but he plunges back into his old adrenaline-seeking self, and travels with his brother by boat to a small island off of Madagascar.

Through another series of events Naughty Dog is keeping shrouded in secrecy, Nathan and Sam find trouble on the high seas, leading to their boat crashing and the brothers being thrown overboard. They are separated by the harsh ocean currents. We learn that Nathan washes ashore with no knowledge of his brother’s location. A tropical storm blankets his vision and prevents him from searching until the rain ceases. Nathan's only option is to seek refuge in a cave. He has no equipment or means of contacting anyone. He doesn’t even know if Sam is still alive.

He knows one thing: He’s in the right place. He’s on the island he believes holds Avery’s treasure and the fabled pirate colony called Libertalia.

Whenever Naughty Dog’s scribes talk about Avery’s gold, the line ‘every treasure has its cost’ is delivered soon after. The cost, from what we know, will likely be personal to Nathan. Is part of that equation Sam? Elena? Could it be Sully? What about Nathan himself?

Naughty Dog hasn’t revealed much in terms of character development, or even who the key players of Uncharted 4 will be, but has dropped a few names and hints that give us an idea of who Nathan might be up against and adventuring with.

From the reunion with his brother, the strain of being away from his wife, and the race to find Avery’s riches before a band of rival treasure hunters do, Nathan’s life sounds like a whirlwind of chaos. He clearly isn’t going into this hunt with confidence, or people he can trust.

Over the next few pages, we’ve assembled all of the information we know about each of the characters in Uncharted 4, and also cast our own speculation as to how some of the series' familiar faces may be involved.

Up next… Nathan and his brother


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Comparing Uncharted 4′s Story And Gameplay To The Last Of Us

Following last year's staff shake-up, Naughty Dog announced that the duo behind The Last of Us would be leading development on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. While visiting Naughty Dog for our February cover story on the game, we spoke to game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckmann about the process of leaving The Last of Us behind and returning to the adventures of Nathan Drake. We discuss the overwhelming response to The Last of Us, dealing with the shift in tone between The Last of Us and Uncharted, and how the gameplay and development compares between the games. 

Watch the video below to learn about the difficulty of developing a game like Uncharted 4 and what the team thinks of creating a sequel to The Last of Us.

Warning: This video contains some spoilers for the Uncharted series, The Last of Us, and its Left Behind DLC.

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Sony Releases PlayStation Experience Uncharted 4 Panel

If you attended the PlayStation Experience this weekend in Las Vegas, you may have been able to attend to this panel in person. If not however, you can learn all about the evolution of Nathan Drake for Uncharted 4 in this video.

The video is an hour long, but if you ever wanted learn an exhaustive amount about Nathan Drake's arms, or building a human being that technically doesn't exist, check out the video below.

For more on Uncharted 4, you can check out some gameplay showcased during the PlayStation Experience.

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[Source: PlayStation on YouTube via: Kotaku]

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Uncharted 4 gameplay trailer includes mini family reunion

With all the time Nathan Drake has put into learning more about supposed ancestors, you would think he’d take more time to acknowledge family members that are actually still alive. The above extended gameplay clip of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End fixes …
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Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Introduces Nathan Drake’s Older Brother [Gameplay Video]

Sony's PlayStation Experience event is in full swing, with the keynote presentation leading with one of the company's biggest 2015 exclusives. Game director Bruce Straley handled the live demo on PlayStation 4 hardware.

The visuals are certainly impressive, with detail paid to even the smallest items like the gun shoulder straps. The demo kicks off with an exploration segment, as Nate moves through a cave system.

Uncharted's humor makes the transition to PlayStation 4, with Nolan North giving us all those "Nate noises" to which we're so accustomed. Shortly after exiting the cave, Nate runs into armed troops.

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A Thief's End introduces enhanced stealth mechanics using the ground foliage. Nate moves more seamlessly between melee and shooting, and now has a grappling rope that can be used while falling at specific points. Climbing has an upgrade thanks to a retrieved piton that can be used in certain walls.

At one point, Staley slips and Nate falls (dying, and falling through the world). Whether planned or accidental, it reinforces that the gameplay was live. 

The biggest surprise comes at the end when we find out who Nate is looking for. Meet Sam, Nate's older brother (above). We'll have more on Uncharted 4 from PlayStation Experience.

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Oscar-winning Hurt Locker writer joins Uncharted movie

Things are looking up for the eternally-in-production film adaptation of Uncharted, as the Hollywood Reporter claims Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal has been tapped to work on the film’s screenplay.

Though you may not recognize the name, Boal’s…
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Uncharted Movie Gets A 2016 Release Date

Sony has moved around some dates in its movie schedule, making room for Nathan Drake’s big screen debut. Sony announced today that it will be releasing the film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s action series on June 10, 2016.

That date originally belonged to The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which Sony has now bumped back by two years. Spider-Man fans won’t be left out in the cold though, as Sony is planning a Sinister Six film for November 11, 2016.

Uncharted director Seth Gordon plans to start shooting in early 2015, though there’s no lead attached to the film yet. The screenplay is currently being written by David Guggenheim.

Uncharted will next appear on PlayStation 4 in 2015, and there are hints that it might be the last entry in the series. For more check out the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End trailer from E3.

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Uncharted movie to reach theaters on June 10, 2016

Uncharted hero Nathan Drake will officially make his silver screen debut on June 10, 2016, according to Sony Pictures.

According to Deadline, that release date was originally earmarked for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but the studio has decided to…
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Uncharted Movie To Begin Filming In 2015

In a new interview, director Seth Gordon details the production timeline for his movie adaptation of Naughty Dog's Uncharted game series.

In an interview with Zap2It, Gordon said shooting should begin "…very early next year. That's the plan."

He also talked a little bit about the game's settings, and said that the shooting would take place "all over the world."

Gordon is also still looking for a lead actor to portray Nathan Drake after Mark Wahlberg dropped out of the project after the departure of director David O. Russell.

Gordon said, "I want it to be a great actor. That's number one, and then if it's someone who has an actual jaw, that's even better. The game is so well done that you need it to live up to that. There's no way we'd do the inverse of that where it's somebody famous who can't [act]."

"It's going to honor the mythology of the game," said Gordon. "But I would say honor some of the most interesting stuff from the first one and build from there," he says. "There's some stuff that isn't in the game."

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Our Take:
While I'm a bit concerned with the fact that this is the third director attached to the project, Uncharted is one of the game series that seems most suited to the big screen. 

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Naughty Dog puts a name to Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, coming in 2015

Naughty Dog’s adventure series will make its PS4 debut with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Sony announced at its E3 conference this evening. The game’s debut trailer included a little bit of the game’s previous characters, Sully and Nathan Drake….
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