Master of The Free World Productions | Jumpcut Entertainment Network

Script For Upcoming Uncharted Movie Is Complete

The Uncharted film has been in development for years. While it was in limbo for a long period of time, it seems the project is moving forward as writer Joe Carnahan confirms on Instagram that the script for the movie has reached completion.

From director David O. Russell quitting the project back in 2011, to reports of an indefinite delay, the film has been on shaky ground. Now, with director Shawn Levy behind the reins and a finished script, it's looking like this project is still alive and ongoing. 

Carnahan shared the news about the script on Instagram, with the following caption: "Done and Dusted. Now the REAL work begins. If there's a more monstrously cool action script in Hollywood right now, I wanna read it, 'cuz [sic] this thing is a BEAST."

While it was previously reported that actor Mark Wahlberg was chosen for the lead role, he has since left the project. The movie remains in pre-production, but this news certainly is promising that it's edging closer to reaching a film set.

You can read our review of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by heading here.

[Source: Instagram]


Our Take
While there's still a lot of work to be done, a finished script is positive sign that the project is ongoing, but I wouldn't hold your breath just yet. Projects like these can come and go, and uncertainties still exist as the project heads towards casting and production. Who would you want to see cast as Nathan Drake? I think Nathan Fillion would be a perfect fit.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

PlayStation 4 Sales Pass 50 Million Units Over The Holiday, Uncharted 4 Passes 8 Million

Sony had a good holiday in terms of console and software sales, and it recently shared its accomplishments in an e-mail.

According to Sony, it sold 6.2 millions PlayStation 4s between November 20, 2016 and January 1, 2017 pushing its total number of PlayStation 4s sold to 53.4 million. It also sold 50.4 million games (combined digital and retail) with Uncharted 4 being a standout with lifetime sales reaching 8.7 million copies.

Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, mentioned PlayStation VR in a congratulatory quote thanking Sony fans in the e-mail saying Sony has plans to further enrich the PSVR experience, but didn't not call out any specific sales numbers for the new hardware or its companion software.

 

Our Take
I'm personally very curious about the sales of PlayStation VR. It appears to have performed well, but I wonder if it sold well enough for Sony to make it one of its main priorities in 2017. PSVR software is part of that 50.4 million games sold number, but it's unclear how much of that number is VR.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

PlayStation 4 Sales Pass 50 Million Units Over The Holiday, Uncharted 4 Passes 8 Million

Sony had a good holiday in terms of console and software sales, and it recently shared its accomplishments in an e-mail.

According to Sony, it sold 6.2 millions PlayStation 4s between November 20, 2016 and January 1, 2017 pushing its total number of PlayStation 4s sold to 53.4 million. It also sold 50.4 million games (combined digital and retail) with Uncharted 4 being a standout with lifetime sales reaching 8.7 million copies.

Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, mentioned PlayStation VR in a congratulatory quote thanking Sony fans in the e-mail saying Sony has plans to further enrich the PSVR experience, but didn't not call out any specific sales numbers for the new hardware or its companion software.

 

Our Take
I'm personally very curious about the sales of PlayStation VR. It appears to have performed well, but I wonder if it sold well enough for Sony to make it one of its main priorities in 2017. PSVR software is part of that 50.4 million games sold number, but it's unclear how much of that number is VR.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Motion Capture Director Of Uncharted Gordon Hunt Passes Away

Gordon Hunt, who directed motion capture for the Uncharted series and was also a sound director for Soul Reaver 2, Lair, and more, has died at age of 87. Hunt had a career stretching back to 1957, which includes work on classic animated shows like The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, and The Smurfs.

Hunt's body of work when it comes to video games is impressive, with various credits for sound and mo-cap work crossing over several generations of games. Those listed include God of War II, SOCOM, Final Fantasy XIV, and Uncharted.

You can check out the full list of his contributions to the gaming industry here.

Our Take
Hunt's work in the games industry is impressive and important. We admire his contributions and extend our condolences to Hunt's family during this trying time.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

Uncharted 4: Survival Is Available Now

As was previously announced, Naughty Dog has released a new (and free) update to Uncharted 4 that adds a variety of multiplayer features. Headlining the changes is the Survival mode, which is where you and your friends cooperatively take on waves of enemies. 

According to the PlayStation Blog, these are the major updates beyond Survival:

  • New Maps: Train Wreck (from Uncharted 2) and Prison
  • Returning Classic Weapons: M4 Assault Rifle, PAK-80 Light Machine Gun, Micro 9mm Automatic Pistol, Para 9 Pistol, and the Desert 5 Pistol (Heavy Weapon)
  • New Beta Test Playlist Mode: King of the Hill – teams to compete to retain control of a single Hill and earn Victory Points. Respawning restricted when your team controls the Hill
  • New Character Skins: 48 new character skins, including new Biker-themed skins
  • New Color Customization: Customize any character skin with 25 unique color variants
  • New Multiplayer Levels and Rewards: Max rank increased to Level 90 with two new vanity unlocks
  • New Challenges: Earn Relics with new Challenges for Multiplayer and Survival

(Please visit the site to view this media)

The update is available right now. For more about Uncharted 4, check out our review.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

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.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

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. 

(Please visit the site to view this media)

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. 

You can read our favorable review of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End by heading here

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

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! …


Gamasutra News

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.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

[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.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed

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.

www.GameInformer.com – The Feed