Uncharted 4: A Thief's End promises to be one gorgeous-looking game. Developer Naughty Dog just recently discussed the game's facial animations, noting that the level of detail in the characters' expressions outshines The Last of Us by a considerable margin.
"We’ve completely revamped our facial animation systems," Uncharted writer Josh Scherr told GamesTM. "The previous Uncharted games, and in The Last of Us, the characters all had about 90 to 100 ‘bones’ in their faces which we used to move the meshes around.
"Think about that, about how detailed Joel and Ellie’s pained facial expressions were, how well the game captured the respective actors’ – Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson – seminal roles. All that was achieved on the old tech. Now, the faces have anywhere between 300 and 500 bones.”
That's a whole lot of bones. Too bad we'll have to wait until 2016 before we can experience Uncharted 4's visual splendor for ourselves.