The Uncharted series is known for many things: excellent writing, genuinely funny characters and lots of explosions to name just a few. However, what really sets it apart from other games are the magnificent set pieces. With each entry in the series the backdrops and pure scale of Nathan Drake’s adventures have increased, culminating in a sequence inside a sinking cruise liner in Uncharted 3.

Now with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End releasing in April, should fans expect another step up in action or a more reserved, streamlined effort from Naughty Dog? According to Neil Druckmann, it’s the latter.

Speaking at Playstation Experience last year (but with the interview only published recently), the Creative Director at Naughty Dog revealed their plans for the set pieces for the final entry in the series. Druckmann explains:

“The first three had this trajectory of going bigger and more badass – we didn’t want to continue that trajectory, we didn’t want to become a caricature of ourselves”

He continues:

“Set pieces are important, but how do you better tie set pieces with story so they come in at the right time to mirror some kind of personal conflict in the story? But also something we learned from the Last of Us is not all set pieces have to be big and explosive. Some of them can be small and intimate – and that lets us get much more interesting and introduce different pacing than in the previous Uncharted games”

Drukmann’s involvement with the heavily emotional and atmospheric The Last of Us has influenced his mindset going into Uncharted 4. Bigger isn’t always better, and with this being Drake’s send-off Naughty Dog are clearly looking to tell a deeper story, while still keeping the excitement that has made the Uncharted series so successful.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will release on April 26 exclusively for the PS4.

Are you looking forward to Uncharted 4? If so, would you prefer even larger set pieces or would you preferred a more streamlined approach? Let us know in the comments below, or sound off on Twitter and Facebook.


Rhys Cooper

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