Sony Reveals 15 Minutes Of 'Uncharted 4: A Thief's End' Gameplay Footage

Outside of E3, December might be the month where we get the most gaming news. It's the end of the year, few games are out past its first week and publishers have to drum up excitement about their upcoming games and current holiday slate somehow. What better way to do that than big reveals?

Over the last few years, the Spike Game Awards have been the major source for these reveals. This year it was Geoff Keighley's new Game Awards, but that didn't stop Sony from hosting their own event in Las Vegas to show off everything Playstation that's on its way. We heard of a new God Of War in the works albeit still a few years away, a Bandai Namco Godzilla game coming next year, even a console exclusive Street Fighter game, and a lot more.

But it's probably needless to say that the main attraction at any Sony event is always whatever Naughty Dog is working on, and the developer delivered big time this past weekend by showing off 15 minutes of in-game footage from the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

Check out the gameplay video below:

The demo, which was played live at the event, shows us a familar but older Nathan Drake searching through an unnamed jungle to find his older brother Sam, voiced by Troy Baker (Joel in The Last Of Us, Delsin in Infamous: Second Son and Bookr in Bioshock Infinite among a plethora of other credits), who appears to be after pirate's treasure. The hunt puts drake in the usual array of trouble, navigating caverns and falling rockfaces, not to mention yet another small army of mercenaries.

It's mostly familiar, from the fantastic visuals to the gameplay, with a few noticeable improvements. Drake now has a grappling hook and acquires a rock pick, and there's an emphasis placed on both stealth and using your environment to your advantage during combat. That combat has been seemingly overhauled as well, from gunplay and hand-to-hand combat more familiar from The Last Of Us, and based on a cinematic feel.

All good improvements, but it remains to be seen how much else Naughty Dog has added to the game. Considering this is just one level, and that we know little about the story, I'm sure there's much more to be revealed.

As it stands, Uncharted 4 is expected to be released sometime in 2015 for the PS4.