Uncharted 4 is using PS4s extra juice to create enemies with real smarts

Sony and Naughty Dog have given us another glimpse at Uncharted 4 (opens in new tab) today, thanks to another making-of video that goes behind the scenes of the game’s development. This is actually a direct continuation of yesterday’s vid-doc (opens in new tab), meant to show off how the Last of Us (opens in new tab) developer is squeezing every ounce of power they can from the PS4.

Where the previous video was all about the ways Naughty Dog has improved beloved hero Nathan Drake, this time it’s about how the PS4 has enabled greater detail in the environments and smarter enemies. Enjoy!

I know I’m in the minority on this, but I wasn’t a big fan of Uncharted 3 (opens in new tab), largely because of how often I felt pinned to one spot as waves upon waves of enemies came pouring out in scripted sequences. If what Naughty Dog says is true, that Uncharted 4’s enemies can recognize their place within the environment and tactically evaluate 3D geometry on the fly, I greatly look forward to more dynamic and exciting encounters.

If you want to get caught up on all the previous documentary featurettes, you can check out part one to see what Naughty Dog learned from The Last of Us (opens in new tab) that they’re applying to Uncharted 4, and part two to see why Nathan Drake has a few grays (opens in new tab) in that perfect hair of his. Two more videos are on their way, with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End arriving on store shelves May 10.

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