During a recent live stream Uncharted 4 Devs discussed the relationship between Nathan Drake, his companions and the Jeep.
Uncharted 4 features a driveable jeep but not many of you know that Naughty Dog tried to make a jeep management system. However, early test results weren’t satisfying so the developers kept things simple. The jeep can drive on rocks, as we saw in a gameplay preview, winch to trees, drive in mud etc.
Developers have added triggers that interrupt the system when Nathan Drake leaves the car. Drake’s companions start talking when he leaves the car to roam around until he returns to the car. We saw an example of this in the gameplay preview as well; where Sam Drake and Sully started a conversation after Nate left the jeep to investigate the ruins.
Sudden responses to on-set situations are flawless and natural.
During the release of Uncharted 3 devs experimented with scripted transports to see how it would feel like. The levels in Uncharted 4 are bigger than any of the previous games so proper implementation of transportation became possible.
Drake will have companions and if he leaves them in the jeep and wanders too far, they will let him know of their annoyance and ask him to come back. Navigating the map using a jeep is optional and players can try to walk, however, you have make that choice depending on the size of the area you are in.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will release on PlayStation 4 on May 10.