If you didn’t know any better, you could easily mistake the bold, painterly opening credits sequence in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for the introduction to a blockbuster feature film. The orchestral score (a more sombre take on the classic Uncharted theme) maintains a confident rhythm as the on-screen animated notebook revisits Nathan Drake’s previous adventures, in the form of beautifully arranged sketches. It’s a fantastic sequence boasting a high level of production value, and I couldn’t be happier that the names credited throughout aren’t that of Matt Damon, Steven Spielberg or any other Hollywood regulars, but of developers from a video game studio. Henry Hobson, the creative designer for Uncharted 4’s title credits, explains that the aim of the piece was to “find a way of retelling the epic history of the franchise in a manner that visually echoed the themes of the game.”“The idea was to evoke those memories”, says Hobson, “bringing back key journeys, trials and moments throughout the Uncharted games, whilst done in a style that felt original and rich but at the same time could have been drawn by Nathan himself.”If you’ve watched the sequence, you’ll know that it absolutely nails those creative goals, but Uncharted… Read full this story
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