Next year, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will debut for the PlayStation 4 and usher in one of Sony’s most beloved franchises on a next-gen console. The game is being helmed by Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann, who were both responsible for The Last Of Us, but don’t expect them to be bringing any themes from that game over to the Uncharted series.
Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells said the following to Eurogamer:
“Uncharted is a completely different franchise, and appeals to its audience for completely different reasons.”
He goes on to discuss the two very different tones that each game has:
“I don’t think The Last of Us marks a new direction in tone that all of our future games are going to take on. We’d alienate a lot of our Uncharted fans. We want to keep it a light-hearted romp. I think from a technical standpoint we’ve learnt some things from the Last of Us that will feed into Uncharted – in fact it strengthens our desire to keep them distinct.”
I’m very glad to hear that Uncharted will be keeping with the light-hearted tone that has come before. After the amazing response to The Last of Us and the pretty gloomy teaser that Sony showed at E3, it was starting to look like things were heading to dark territories. Uncharted remains my favorite series that Sony has going, so let’s keep what makes it great intact.
The folks over at NeoGaf have this awesome thread going where people are submitting screenshots / artwork of what modern games would look like if they were released during the PSOne era.
You can view the entire thread right here, but in this particular post I wanted to highlight one particular entry, and that is The Last of Us. The reasons for this are the following:
- It’s The Last Of Us
- The remastered version comes out next week, so this post is relevant!
- IT’S THE LAST OF US
So thanks to the combination of some talented people on NeoGaf, we have box art and screenshots for what The Last of Us would look like if it came out during the PSOne era. Judging from the screenshots, I want to say this looks like a game that would have come out in 1997 (and I, as a result, would have been drooling over).
Scroll down to check out all the modern-turned-classic gaming goodness!
Word had been spreading that Naughty Dog is planning to release more DLC for survival horror game The Last of Us, which led some to speculate that more story-related content could be on the horizon. However, Naughty Dog has now confirmed that the only DLC that is planned for the future is for the game’s multiplayer.
Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer said the following to Digital Spy:
“We just wanted to say when we released the Remastered version, we know there’s a lot of DLC out there, and that we weren’t going to stop supporting both the PS3 and PS4 versions,” Meyer said. “We do have some DLC planned; it’ll be multiplayer-focused. We’re not ready to talk about the details yet, but throughout the rest of the year we’ll have some DLC drops.”
This isn’t too surprising, considering The Last of Us‘ sole story-driven DLC was called Left Behind and was regarded more as the cherry on top of a completed story. Something tells me that the developers may be focusing their story-writing efforts more on a sequel.
When it was announced that Naughty Dog would be bringing The Last Of Us to PlayStation 4 via The Last Of Us: Remastered, many were skeptical about just how much effort they would be putting into this remaster. Well, judging from this interview with Edge, they went through a hell of a lot of trouble to make this thing work.
Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann said the following:
“We expected it to be hell, and it was hell,” he said. “Just getting an image onscreen, even an inferior one with the shadows broken, lighting broken and with it crashing every 30 seconds … that took a long time. These engineers are some of the best in the industry and they optimized the game so much for the PS3’s SPUs specifically. It was optimized on a binary level, but after shifting those things over, you have to go back to the high level, make sure the systems are intact, and optimize it again.
Basically, every single thing about this game has been re-done. Which makes me very optimistic about the finished product we will be dealing with when it releases on PlayStation 4 later this year.
It’s no secret now that The Last of Us will be making its way to PlayStation 4 in the form of The Last of Us: Remastered. However, some have been wondering whether or not Naughty Dog would offer some kind of upgrade deal for those who already purchased the game on PlayStation 3.
Naughty Dog’s Eric Monacelli was asked about a possible discount on the PlayStation EU Blog, to which he replied with the following:
“We’re looking into the business model for all this and will post about this once we have input from all regions.”
Condemn (OR) Condone:
This is a tough decision to make, because Naughty Dog knows that they can easily charge the full $60 for everyone and pretty much nobody will bat an eyelash when picking it up. However, it would be a really classy move if they did offer some kind of a discount for those who have shown their support from their beginning.
No, you’re eyes are not deceiving you, my lovely reader! Thanks to a video on turkish website Multiplayer, information has been slipped about last year’s critically-acclaimed The Last Of Us coming the PlayStation 4.
Apparently, the game will have enhanced graphics (REALLY?) and will also include this year’s critically-acclaimed DLC Left Behind. Though no release date has been revealed, it is expected for sometime this Summer.
Condemn (OR) Condone:
I might not be as raving of a fan of The Last Of Us as most people were, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited as hell to check this out on PS4. With enhanced graphics, those run down environments could look even more sinister, and the PS4’s controller will make the gunplay work better. If true, this will definitely be the definitive version of the game.
[Note] The judgments are the following:
Condemn – Hate | (O) – Dislike | (OR) – Indifferent | (R) – Like | Condone – Love
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