April 26th is fast approaching and that means one of the biggest exclusive games of this generation is finally going to be released to the masses. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was originally revealed back in 2013 and fans have been desperate to get the game ever since. Fortunately, the wait is nearly over.
The Uncharted series has a long history of success, both critically and commercially, and as such found itself a defining game of the PS3 last generation. Whenever we talked about visual fidelity on the consoles, Uncharted became almost synonymous but Uncharted’s success extends beyond its gorgeous visuals; the game is probably one of the closest video games to come toe to toe with Hollywood blockbusters. The game’s voice acting, performances, expert dialogue, and the perfectly executed minute details that make Uncharted’s cast so easy to empathize with since all performances in the game are expertly executed. They’re charismatic and grounded heroes and part of the reason why it’s so easy to compare the Uncharted series to a Hollywood blockbuster.
If you haven’t played the Uncharted series then you might not understand the constant Hollywood blockbuster comparisons but if you watch the recently released trailer below, you should get the idea.
In an interview with ABC News, Neil Druckmann, the game director on Uncharted 4 said that “Sometimes, a character just lets you know it’s time to move on. For me, that was part of the intrigue of coming back to this world. You never see something successful in the industry end. It usually just fizzles out,”
Druckmann describes the upcoming title as the “biggest, most ambitious Uncharted” that Naughty Dog has produced. “We want to do this justice. We want it to be a mind-blowing, eye-popping, sweaty-palms adventure. Everybody is bleeding out of their eye sockets to make it come together. We want to make sure Drake is sent off properly.”
Set years after the ending of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End follows a retired Nathan Drake called back to the adventure by the sudden reappearance of his (presumed dead) older brother Sam (played by prolific voice actor Troy Baker) This fellow Drake seeks Nate’s aid in locating a fabled cache of pirate treasure said to be housed in a mythical “lost colony” known as Libertalia. As is typical of the series, “Libertalia” is inspired by authentic historical folklore, which tells of an anarchist colony by that name having briefly existed in 17th century Madagascar.
There’s plenty of the typical gorgeous scenery and blockbusting action you’d expect from an Uncharted game but there’s a focus on juxtaposing Drake’s thirst to get back into the adventure with his new-found family life. There’s plenty at stake for our hero and he might have to risk everything to help his older brother out of a sticky situation. Uncharted 4 is being set up as the conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story so you can bet on Naughty Dog pulling all the stops for Uncharted 4.
We know that the Uncharted series has been a huge success for Naughty Dog and Sony both critically and commercially. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune received a score of 88 on metacritic with its sequel Uncharted 2: Among Thieves receiving an amazing score of 96 and then Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception settling on a score of 92. Critical success for the game is essential to the franchise because critical acclaim translates to more hype for the series and better sales because people are more incentivised to go out and invest in a game if it’s getting high review scores.
Moreover, thanks to an official confirmation from Naughty Dog and Sony, on the official Playstation blog here, which reads as follows:
“Since the launch of the PS4, we’ve seen plenty of requests across our Twitter, Facebook, and message boards all over the internet for the first three games in the Uncharted series, which have managed to sell an amazing 21+ million copies and garner an average 92 Metacritic rating, to receive a remastered release.”
It’s clear that the Uncharted series is a system-selling franchise. Since there’s currently 3 mainline games in the series, that accounts to roughly 7 million sales per game. A huge number for an exclusive only really rivalled by the most popular of Nintendo franchises and Halo and Gears of War over on the other camp’s side.
One of the biggest things Uncharted 4 has going for it is its exclusive release on the PS4 console which is currently comfortably sitting in the lead of the console race. As of January of this year, we know that lifetime sales of the console to 35.9 million and that’s a very impressive install base for a console that’s only been on the market since late 2013. Sales of Sony’s newest console continue to outpace those of the PlayStation 3: By this point in the PS3’s life, Sony had sold approximately 20 million units worldwide. This gives Uncharted 4 access to a market of 36 million plus gamers and this could be key to its success in terms of sales and to making it the best selling entry in the series yet.
Uncharted 4 faces some competition from competing exclusives such as the highly aniticpated Quantum Break on Xbox One an Windows 10 (also releasing in April), Gears of War 4 and the new Zelda game on Wii U/NX this year which might make it hard to call this being the best selling exclusive game this year but whether it’ll be the best selling in the series yet? It’s got a damn good chance.
Do you think Uncharted 4 has a good chance of becoming the best selling title in the Uncharted series yet? Let us know your thoughts and opinions below.