With the finale of the award-winning Uncharted series coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 in March, Sony’s marketing campaign for their premiere title is revving up with last week's multiplayer beta, a teaser premiere airing during The Game Awards (see below), and a brand new trailer debuting before showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in select theaters.
Developer Naughty Dog plans to move away from the series after Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End although the franchise has steadily grown in popularity and sales with each new installment. With Uncharted 4 and the PlayStation 4’s burgeoning success, Sony hopes the title and series can reach the level of success as rival Xbox exclusives such as Gears of War and Halo.
On that note, Sony has just released an all-new CG trailer for the Uncharted 4 focusing on main character Nathan Drake. One of the new protagonists introduced in the game is Nadine Ross, a South African arms group leader, as well as Drake’s brother Sam are shown to be in the middle of a firefight while the environment around them crumbles. Looking at Naughty Dog's past, this sequence could be playable as the developer always leans towards big action set pieces.
Even with all the action on-screen, the dialogue overlaid on top is the most interesting tidbit for fans of the series to pour over. Nolan North, voicing the main character, delves into a monologue about what people think about Nathan and the preconceived notions they have of him being a “two-bit thief.” As the camera pans away from Drake diving to grab an artifact and the explosive destruction surrounding the proceedings, we get a look at Sam Drake holding onto a ledge. Instead of going for the artifact, Drake instead goes to grab his brother’s hand and save him from falling into a gaping hole.
After mentioning what people might say about him only caring about treasure, Drake ends with saying, “I guess that’s how they know me… how they’ll remember me. But that’s not who I am.” Developing this character arc of someone who only cared about treasure becoming someone who would risk it all for those he loved has been a pillar of Naughty Dog's efforts since Uncharted 3 back in 2011 as they evolve Drake. It will be interesting to see it all play out in an ending the developer has said, via Games Radar, they will “go all-out for."
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End launches exclusively on PlayStation 4 on March 18th, 2016.