Uncharted 4 Single Player Will Run At 1080p/30FPS
Naughty Dog have confirmed that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will not run at 60fps as initially planned. They confirmed the news via a Q&A session following the reveal of an extended version of the title’s E3 2015 gameplay demo. There were a lot of conversations between the developers about the framerate and what was best for them. In the end, it was decided that 30fps was a necessity for the graphical fidelity they are aiming for.
The problems optimizing the level geometry is cited as the main reason that 30fps was decided upon. To maintain the current geometry they would have to spend a massive amount of time optimizing everything. This could have a negative impact on creation of future environments. They wanted to avoid any scale backs, so they could make the best Uncharted single player experience. After seeing the gameplay demo, I’m inclined to agree. The demo was a bombastic and crazy as you’d expect from Uncharted, and it looked beautiful. As long as the whole game looks like this, I firmly believe it makes the framerate trade off worth it.
It’s not all bad news though, since the multiplayer component of the game is still planned to run at 60fps. The higher framerate here makes for a much smoother competitive multiplayer experience. In my opinion all competitive multiplayer games should run at 60fps as it is better for gameplay. You can have a 30fps single player with all it’s graphical bells and whistles and that’s fine. Multiplayer doesn’t always need to have those things.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be launching some time in 2016 exclusively on PlayStation 4. You can gain access to it’s multiplayer beta ahead of release by purchasing Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection this October. The collection will contain the single player campaigns from the first three titles all running at 1080p & 60fps.
If all this talk of October and TBC 2016 is too far away, you can check out an extended look at the E3 2015 gameplay demo below. It’s twice as long as the one Sony had originally shown. Be aware though as there may be some minor spoilers in the video.