Uncharted 4 Is Currently Being Tested by About 40 People; E3 Gameplay will be Amazing
We have recently mentioned that Naughty Dog is all hands on deck in preparation for E3, and during a livestream to support Supply Drop 2015 the studio's QA lead Trevor Stevens talked about the testing being done on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.
Stevens explains that there are about forty internal testers working on the game and the studio is still hiring, with a goal of about sixty testers. He states that there are times when the team is having “amazing amounts of fun,” and other times in which it’s really frustrating.
Sound Designer Robert Krekel is also working on Uncharted 4, having previously worked on The Last of Us and Uncharted 3. Krekel explains that the team doesn’t only try to give signature sounds for different weapons, but also how sound propagates through the environment, so you can tell if someone is in the next room or two doors over. Krekel still tries to keep to the same caliber with the original recordings, but that’s not always the case. The important thing is that the sound “feels right.”
Krekel is currently working on Uncharted 4‘s Foley system (basically the reproduction of everyday sound effects, like the swishing of clothing or footsteps), in order to make it “more dynamic and more subtle.”
Lead Designer Ricky Cambier explains why they always go with third person.
For me personally, if I can’t see the character… well, I want to know what they’re going through, you know? I’ve always felt more connected to the protagonist in third-person games because of that. If I’m playing a first-person game, I get to a cutscene and the camera comes out and I see my self and I think ‘Oh yeah! That’s what I look like!’ [laughs] For me, that comes with a bit of a disconnect. I think third-person is a stronger medium for getting you to relate to the character as a protagonist.
Naughty Dog revealed that they have a brand new studio dedicated to Twitch streaming, so hopefully some interesting broadcasts can be expected, something which will likely bode well with fans disappointed from the delay of Uncharted 4. At least we will be able to get a closer look at its development.
Many fans are looking forward to see what Naughty Dog has in store for us at E3. Following the disappointing announcement of the delay of Uncharted 4, PlayStation 4 owners have lost one of the most exciting and biggest exclusives of the year, and E3 2015 will show us what the extra development time can do for our beloved franchise.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is currently planned for a Spring 2016 release for the PlayStation 4. We will bring you any new information on Uncharted 4 and Naughty Dog as soon as it becomes available, but we can surely look forward to the game having a huge presence at E3 2015 next month, and we will be sure to bring you full coverage from the show floor.