Fully Charged: Uncharted 4 beta begins in December, and Konami leaving console gaming?

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Uncharted 4 beta begins in December

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was delayed into 2016, but at least we'll be playing the remastered editions of the original trilogy's campaigns - Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection - in just a few weeks' time. And it won't be long before we're trying out Uncharted 4 itself, anyway.

On Friday, Naughty Dog announced that the online multiplayer beta for Uncharted 4 will run from 4-13 December for anyone who buys The Nathan Drake Collection and has a PlayStation Plus subscription. Of course, since the Collection doesn't feature any multiplayer of its own, the beta will offer a nice taste of online action... that'll have to hold you until the full game hits on 18 March 2016.

[Source: PlayStation.Blog]

Konami leaving console games?

The run-up to the release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain ended up being a saga as twisting and convoluted as the stealth series itself, with legendary director Hideo Kojima's public role minimized as rumours of his ouster grew. Now, it sounds like that epic might be Konami's last big adventure.

According to Eurogamer, sources claim that Konami plans to cease all console and AAA-style game development aside from the Pro Evolution Soccer series, which is currently enjoying an upswing in acclaim. In addition to the move - and perhaps, due to it - Konami's worldwide technology director, Julien Merceron, has reportedly left the company.

Konami is currently finishing up Metal Gear Online, which is part of the Metal Gear Solid V package, otherwise it reportedly plans to pivot further towards mobile games beyond the annual PES update. Earlier this year, the much-anticipated Silent Hills game was cancelled and the playable teaser was pulled from the PlayStation Network, adding fuel to the fire here. If the report proves true, it'll be a sad end to a run of classics from the company - but hopefully, if Konami won't keep supporting its great series at a high level, it'll consider licensing out the properties to companies who will.

[Source: Eurogamer]