Uncharted 4 gets a free co-op/single-player Survival mode in December

We've yet to hear any solid plans for Uncharted 4 single-player DLC, but Naughty Dog has a nice consolation gift while we wait: a Survival mode that can be played solo or co-op with three other players, coming for free in mid-December. And it looks intense:

Each match of Survival has 50 waves to fight through, but it won't always be about killing all the things. Sometimes you'll need to collect treasures spread across the map, take down a special, marked enemy, or defending a specific area. There will also be special modifiers (such as making enemies immune to all but one type of damage) turned on and off to make things extra challenging. Every 10 waves you'll face a boss - a pirate lord of Libertalia.

But enemies won't be the only ones getting help. Survival mode will have its own progression system, letting you earn upgrades and items as you rank up. The more you play and longer you survive, the stronger you'll become. Make it through all 50 waves and you'll earn bragging rights, plus vanity items for use across all of Uncharted 4 multiplayer. Survive on Hard mode and you'll unlock Crushing difficulty, the hardest of the hard modes.

Not a bad way to pass the time for an aging treasure hunter.

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