Extended ‘Uncharted 4’ Footage Blows Away E3 Stage Demo

A seven-minute Uncharted 4 gameplay demo closed Sony’s 2015 E3 press conference and got PlayStation 4 fans excited about the game’s release next spring. However, word quickly spread that an extended demo was being shown behind closed doors that ramped up the action considerably from the stage presentation. That extended footage was released Wednesday and, as the title above suggests, blows away the first half.

The first seven and a half minutes of the E3 footage for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End start the same as Drake and Sully make their way through a crowd before a firefight breaks out. The fight turns up a notch when an armored truck shows up and begins chasing the pair through buildings and along roof tops.

The action then evolves into a car chase down through the streets and alleys of the third-world island. Drake’s brother Sam is eventually spotted on a motorcycle and being chased by the armored truck and an assortment of bad guys. The demo ended just as Drake hooked on to a crane arm and was being carried alongside a bridge and into a wooden structure.

The new footage takes place at the 7:27 mark in the new Uncharted 4 gameplay footage as Naughty Dog’s signature cinematic action kicks into overdrive. Drake is swung around, dragged, and shot as he tries to chase down his brother. His god-like constitution is almost comical along with the enemies who took shooting lessons from Star Wars Stoomtroopers, but it is important to remember this is an action game and the footage is delivering on that end.

Drake and his brother eventually meet up after a surprise crash. Sam drives a motorcycle while the player controls Drake shooting at the armored truck now bearing down on the pair in a scene reminiscent of the giant rolling stone bit from Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark juiced up on steroids, Red Bull, and guns.

It’s an exciting conclusion that leads into the reveal of the McGuffin for Uncharted 4. Drake and company are looking for a “legendary pirate colony” where everything was shared. The “commie pirate sanctuary” of Libertatia has a load of treasure that the bad guys are after too. Now Drake just needs to deal with his wife’s disapproval over coming out of retirement.

Uncharted 4 is currently scheduled for a first quarter 2016 release after being delayed from a holiday launch. Fans can get an early taste by picking up the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on October 9. It includes access to the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta.

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