Recently we spoke with Naughty Dog's Arne Meyer about all things Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. When asked about the variety of drivable vehicles in Uncharted 4, Arne was tight-lipped, but he did give us a big clue towards what we can expect.
When we spoke to Naughty Dog's Community Strategist Arne Meyer, he was pretty mum on what vehicles will be included in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Meyer likened it to revealing an unannounced character or location, which is fair enough. However, with the wide-open environments and no run button to be found, it's safe to say we'll be spending a large portion of the game in one vehicle or another. While Meyer wasn't prepared to go on the record and announce the variety of drivable vehicles in next Uncharted instalment, he did give us a very intriguing hint towards what we can expect when the game launches next month.
If you take a closer look at some of the trailers we’ve released I think you’ll get the answer to some of those questions.
So in the spirit of Nathan Drake's sleuthing, we went through every existing trailer with a fine comb to get a better idea of what vehicles the player will take control of. We've placed the vehicles we found intro three categories: Likely, not likely and vehicles we want to drive.
We spoke to Arne Meyer about a wide variety of topics including Jak and Daxter 4 concept art, AI and Robyn Atkin Downes role in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. You can read the rest of the interview here.
Vehicles Nate will likely drive in Uncharted 4
Going off some of the sequences we've already seen from Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, these are the vehicles the player will most likely pilot. Note: We've omitted the 4X4 as it's already confirmed.
The Evidence: The motorcycle has featured heavily in multiple Uncharted 4 trailers. While we've only seen Sam Drake at the wheel so far (it's somewhat part of his character) there's no doubt Drake will get the chance to don the leather jacket and bad attitude. Here are some moments where the motorcycle has popped up through the Uncharted trailers.
The Evidence: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is influenced heavily by the escapades of 18th-century pirate Henry Every and you can't have a good pirate story without some water nautical action. Boats have popped up a few times throughout the Uncharted 4 trailers, but the screencap below (which looks a lot like gameplay) clearly depicts Nate as captain of the ship. During the trailer, Sam is seen steering the ship wearing his blue button-up shirt. That and the skeezy slicked-back hair make it obvious that Sam is the passenger in the image below.
The Evidence: Flying through the Uncharted universe might be a little more farfetched than the suggestions above. However, it makes total sense for Naughty Dog to allow players to pilot our globe-trotting hero across to his next destination. Around 1:04 into the recently released Uncharted 4 story trailer. We get a glimpse of Nate jumping into a plane and taking flight.
Interesting, no? Further proof of flying in Uncharted 4 was revealed in a promo video released less than a week ago. The video, titled "Around the World Sweepstakes" spruiks an Uncharted competition for those who pre-order Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. About 00:20 into the video, another never-seen-before seaplane can be spotted. This one isn't too dissimilar to the plane from the original game - with a green paint job replacing the red and white (see below).
Vehicles Nate probably won't drive
A few more vehicles popped up throughout the trailers we perused, but it's a bit of a stretch to imagine Nate, say, hot tailing it on a moped. We've included these anyway, because it's fun to entertain the thought.
Tourist Drake: Moped
Sure, it's hard to imagine the thrillseeking Nathan Drake getting around town on a scooter. Then again, maybe the motorbike truly is reserved for the edgier brother Sam and Nate gets stuck with the moped. That is the kind of humor we've come to expect from Uncharted, so we're not ruling it out completely.
Construction worker Drake: Excavator
We know from the trailers that Drake seems earning an honest living these days and his office setup screams construction-site demountable. However, to assume that he's donned a hardhat is a bit absurd. Though, come to think of it, he could do with an excavator from time to time.
Fruit vendor Drake: Fruit Cart
Get your deblooms, fresh out of the 18th century! Okay, so Drake definitely won't be peddling fruit and beg in between adventures. These have surely been added to fulfil the trope of dramatically crashing through some poor sod's livelihood without a second thought.
Vehicles we want to drive in Uncharted 4
Whatever this thing is: Combat vehicle
In one of the most thrilling trailers yet, Nate and Sam are being pursued by this beastly hummer/tank hybrid. This one in particular meets an untimely demise thanks to Drake's sharpshooting by the end of the trailer, but fingers-crossed Nadine's private military company has a spare one on hold for us to hijack later.
Check it out in action in the full-length trailer below.
Let us know in the comments below what vehicle you would like to see in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. One thing's for sure, going through these trailers has us more excited than ever for May 10.