Moved up a day earlier than originally planned, the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End multiplayer beta is now available to download on PlayStation 4.
Sony explained how to access the beta, which is 7GB or more depending on your region:
- Insert the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection game disc into the PlayStation 4 (digital buyers can skip this step)
- Highlight the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection game icon
- Select ‘Overview’
- Select the Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Beta Tile and press the X button to begin your download from the PlayStation Store
You’ll also need a PlayStation Plus membership and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection save data in your PS4’s System Storage to access the beta.
Running from now through December 13 worldwide, the Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Beta gives Naughty Dog “an opportunity to test various aspects of Uncharted 4 Multiplayer, including the online infrastructure. The Naughty Dog team is also hoping to get your impressions and feedback, so that you can help shape the final version of Uncharted 4 Multiplayer.”
Featuring one mode (Team Deathmatch) and two maps (Island, influenced by the jungle setting from the PlayStation Experience 2014 demo; and Madagascar City, a map influenced from the settings seen in the E3 2015 demo), the beta will likely undergo maintenance and receive patches numerous times. Additionally, progress won’t carry over to the full game.
You’ll be able to report feedback over on the official Naughty Dog forums. A survey will also be sent out after the beta ends.
To get a look at the Uncharted 4 multiplayer beta, check out the above gameplay video from PlayStation Access.
Here’s details on some of the new beta features:
What is a mystical and how do you deploy them?
The Beta includes a loadout item called Mysticals – letting you harness some of the well-known supernatural elements from the Uncharted games to aid your team in attaining victory. There are five Mysticals in the Beta that players can redeem through the Store:
- Wrath of El Dorado – When thrown, the El Dorado sarcophagus from Uncharted 1 appears to unleash spirits that track down the enemies near where it is placed, and damage them.
- Spirit of Djinn – The Djinn magic from Uncharted 3 imbues the player with the ability to teleport short distances, but they won’t be able to take cover.
- Cintamani Stone – Activating this mystical from Uncharted 2 revives Downed allies within its area of effect to full health instantly.
- Staff of Ayar Manco – This staff, from the Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth novel, casts a magical force across an entire map revealing where the opposing team is located. It will also show up on the mini-map and can be destroyed.
- Indra’s Eternity – From the Uncharted: Eye of Indra motion comic, this Mystical slows down any enemy that enters its visible area of effect.
What are Sidekicks and how do you use them?
Sidekicks are another loadout option, which spawns an NPC ally, each with a unique skill to help you or your teammates along. Players can redeem and spawn Sidekicks from the In-Match store, accessible via the DualShock 4 touch pad. Sidekicks will earn you cash as they fulfill their role. There are four Sidekicks in the Beta, each with a specific function:
- Sniper – defends a location with a sniper rifle to take out members of the opposing team
- Savior – field medic who will revive Downed players, hand out ammo and help your team replenish their Gear faster
- Hunter – when called in, hunts down the nearest enemy and puts them into a hold for the player to KO them
- Brute – heavily armored with a lot of fire power but slow moving
In terms of playable characters, you’ll find Nathan, Sully, Elena, Sam, Katherine Marlow, Lazarevic and more, with each carrying their own personality and dialogue.
As Naughty Dog adds, “PS: No single player in the beta — that’s just a technical glitch in the store. Either link will download the same. MP all the way baby!”
[Source: PS Blog]