The first three “Uncharted” games ran at 720p resolution and 30fps (frames-per-second) on the PlayStation 3. It was hoped the upcoming fourth title “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” would lift that to 1080p/60fps for the PlayStation 4 – however Naughty Dog’s Anthony Newman, a co-lead designer on the game, says that just isn’t feasible.
Speaking with GameSpot he revealed that the main reason is to ensure consistency and avoid the unlocked frame rate issues that can happen on consoles such as Naughty Dog’s own “The Last of Us: Remastered” title.
“We had a really long, involved conversation about it with all the leads and directors. We just realized that, for the game we wanted to make, to make the best game possible, [30fps] was just something that we had to do.
If we wanted to hit a locked 60fps, there’s a lot of optimizations in the environments that would have to happen. This would make each level take longer to make.
The same amount of geometry would take longer to make because it would have to be so heavily optimized. And so that could end up having story repercussions. We want to have this scene, but we don’t have the time to make the environment. It’s a feature, like any other, and you have to consider it against everything else.”
Though the main game will be in more cinematic style 30fps, Naughty Dog has said they are still aiming for 60fps in regards to the multiplayer portion of the game. The remastered collection of the original trilogy will be out later this year and is expected to include the games running at around 60fps.
In related news, “Uncharted” voice actor Nolan North has suggested, whilst making an appearance at a convention, that the company is working on a sequel to “The Last of Us” according to Metro. No official announcement has about such a sequel been made developer but Naughty Dog.
Back to the fourth “Uncharted” and North says expect the new film to have a slightly more dramatic tone: “‘The tone I think is going to be slightly different. Has to be. It’s like, you can’t have… a Robert Ludlum novel is not going to be the same as Stephen King – they’re different styles. But it’s true to the story.'”
“Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” is expected out in early 2016.