Uncharted 4 story spoilers ahead
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Uncharted 4 Game Director Neil Druckmann detailed some of the content that had to be cut before the final release of the game. From cooking to snowball fights in Scotland, Druckmann was kind enough to detail each feature cut from the game.
- “There used to be a cooking sequence, where you were actually mixing in ingredients. You could make the food too spicy, and they would have different dialogue, depending on how spicy you made it. That got cut.”
- “There was a whole sequence where you were walking around the prison yard, talking to people, and you’re looking for Sam. It just felt like we needed to get on with it.”
- “In Scotland, you could do a snowball fight. This was actually fully working. You could pick up snow anywhere and throw it at Sam, and he would throw snowballs at you. But tonally, that just felt wrong.”
- “And when the map room starts collapsing, we had this whole sequence where the crane is collapsing into the cave, and you’re climbing through the cabin in the crane, and holding as it’s rotating and flipping. With production winding down, that was probably the toughest cut, because it was so far along.”
- “You could play fetch with the dog in the epilogue. There was a ball when you walked outside, and you could pick it up and throw it, and the dog had A.I. to actually pick it up and run back to you. But the animation looked kind of janky.”
- “The other mechanic that was pretty cool was shootable handholds. There were certain surfaces that if you shot at them, it would create holes, and you could use them to climb. And it just felt like it was hard to create the right language for that, and make sure you always had ammo for those places. But as a prototype, it was a really fun mechanic.”
- “The opening of the game, in the boat, that used to not be the opening of the game until very late in production. You got thrown from the boat, you got separated from Sam, and you had to swim to shore. You spent several minutes swimming to shore and being lost at sea. It just felt really long and unnecessary.”
- “This one I was kind of bummed about. In the manor, when you’re playing with the two kids, they picked up swords off the wall and they pretended to sword fight. And we wanted to use the same mechanic you would then use at the boss fight at the end. We cut that.”
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