After some leaks already put the news out in the world, Sony has officially announced that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Dirt Rally 2.0 are the free PlayStation Plus games for the month of April.
Dirt Rally 2.0 was developed by Codemasters and launched last year. If you’re looking for a racing game to play while you’re in self-quarantine, there’s gonna be a fair amount of people playing it online pretty soon.
But the game that’s pretty much the headliner here is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which launched in 2016. The game was the closing chapter of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series, which concluded the story of protagonist Nathan Drake. It was also the studio’s first game natively made for the PlayStation 4, after it ported over The Last of Us to the console in 2014 as The Last of Us: Remastered. This is a pretty significant inclusion because it was, and still is to this day, one of the marquee games for the PlayStation 4. If you’ve been a PlayStation Plus subscriber all year, you would have also gotten a free copy of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection back in January, which contained the first three games in the series.
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This comes just a month before Naughty Dog’s next game, The Last of Us: Part II comes to PlayStation 4 on May 29. The sequel was originally set to come out in February, but was delayed not long after the date was put out into the world. While the game is one of the final bookends of the PlayStation 4’s life before the launch of the PlayStation 5 later this year, given that the PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 games, it seems plausible that it will find its way to PlayStation Plus in the future, as well.
In other Uncharted news, the movie adaptation starring Spider-man star Tom Holland has halted its production due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Which is understandable, but it also is just gotta be frustrating for people working on this film, as well as fans who want to see it. Especially because the movie has been in some form of development hell for several years now. Whether this delay in production will affect the movie’s March 5, 2021 release date is unclear at this moment.
Before production stopped, the film had a few major developments, like the casting of Antonio Banderas, Grey’s Anatomy actress Sophia Ali, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress Tati Gabrielle in undisclosed roles. As the movie will be a prequel to the original games, with Holland starring as a younger version of Nathan Drake, it’s unlikely any of these actors will be playing characters fans know and love. But who knows, we might see a flash forward at some point that could hint at Nathan Drake’s life as an established treasure hunter and include appearances from known characters.