Uncharted 4 will “probably not” use virtual reality
Virtual reality still appears to be an unproven source of entertainment for video games. Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, co-director of Uncharted 4, discussed in an interview with MCVUK that there has not been a standout video-game experience using virtual reality.
In the interview, Druckmann claims that virtual reality has outstanding potential to be a source of good for the gaming industry, but right now there has not been that “killer app” for Oculus or any other platform that makes users acquire the device.
This might be due to all of the current virtual reality headsets for gaming still in alpha and beta, but we cannot say Druckmann is wrong when it comes to a killer gaming app to make everyone interested in VR for gaming.
When asked if Uncharted 4 would be on virtual reality systems, like Sony’s Project Morpheus, Druckmann said “probably not”, most likely meaning unless big developments happen in the next few months, Naughty Dog see no reason to develop for VR.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Druckmann has just came off developing The Last of Us, the PS3 blockbuster hit that secured millions of late-entry sales in the PS3 market, exploding the franchise into a sequel and a movie in 2015.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, will be placed several years after the events of Uncharted 3, continuing the story of Nathan Drake. In this installation, Drake goes off on a hunt for treasure, following a historical conspiracy theory.
The full story has not been released yet, but we keep getting little details from these panels and events. Gamescom is coming up this month, we should see more of Uncharted 4 at the event, including some potential gameplay.
Not porting Uncharted 4 to virtual reality might be a bad move in the long term, considering Sony needs top titles to start selling Project Morpheus units. Sony has a very close partnership with Naughty Dog too, meaning they could push the developer to test out VR.
Project Morpheus looks to be Sony’s answer to Oculus and other companies, working on virtual reality headsets. Valve, Samsung and Google should all announce their own VR platforms in the coming months.
Naughty Dog does not need to port Uncharted 4 to Project Morpheus at launch, in fact, they can wait until a few months after, when Project Morpheus is finally picking up a storm in sales.
That way, Naughty Dog maximises their chances of success on the virtual reality platform. Uncharted 4 will be unveiled sometime in 2015, no word on when Project Morpheus will be available for commercial use.