Uncharted Prototype Video Shows Advanced Mechanics and Animation


The first Uncharted game thrilled players with groundbreaking animations, and a new behind-the-scenes video shows early versions of this technology.

A first video of the development of Unexplored shows off the classic action game’s innovative technology, including its realistic animations and dynamic camera. Naughty Dog’s 2007 title, which has since become a wildly popular franchise, was renowned upon release for its technical achievements and cinematic storyline. With a Unexplored A film starring Tom Holland slated for release February 18, the archaeological adventure series has once again found itself in the pop culture spotlight.

Since the very first Unexplored episode, Naughty Dog placed players right in the middle of action set pieces inspired by big-budget Hollywood movies. The first game delivered intense and interactive action sequences, which were further enhanced by realistic animations and dynamic camera movements around protagonist Nathan Drake. 2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves underline the use of extensive motion capture performance to further enhance that lifelike quality, with extensive field research and an enhanced suite of motion capture hardware setting the bar even higher when Naughty Dog releases Uncharted 3: The Drake Illusion. The first PlayStation 4 episode of the series, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s Endadded larger dynamic environments to make exploration even more breathtaking.

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animator jonathan cooper recently posted a video on Twitter that shows early Unexplored technological prototypes. While the features may seem mundane now, back in 2007 the detailed animations and cinematic camera movements were an incredible feat for realism and immersion. Various animations allow characters to convey emotions during gameplay, realistically traverse environments, react to events around them, engage in compelling melee combat, and more. The title’s dynamic camera also gives it an incomparable cinematic quality, which has allowed Unexplored closely following in the footsteps of the massive action movies that inspired it.


While Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End seems to close the book on Nathan Drake’s quest for ancient relics, Naughty Dog may yet return to further enhance the presentation of previous entries. 2017 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy acted as a standalone follow-up to the tantalizing tetralogy, with players taking on the role of Chloe Frazer rather than Nathan Drake, and Naughty Dog says a new Unexplored game is possible as a future project. The end of a thief notably sees Drake settling down with longtime love Elena Fisher and pursuing more traditional archaeology, but their young daughter Cassie Drake is teased for potentially following in her parents’ death-defying footsteps.


With the Unexplored series, Naughty Dog has always delivered realistic and awe-inspiring experiences using state-of-the-art gaming technology. The first game’s extraordinary animations helped bring Nathan Drake and his allies to life, allowing players to connect with the cast on a deep emotional level. While Jonathan Cooper’s preview images might not be particularly impressive today, it’s these dynamic animations in Unexplored which paved the way for the presentation of the modern game.

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Source: Jonathan Cooper/Twitter

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