'Uncharted 4' update: Survival Hardcore Mode goes live; new patch notes available

(Facebook/Naughty Dog)A promotional photo for "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End."

Fans of "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End" who are finding the game's Survival mode as something that is not challenging enough will now have something to look forward to, thanks to its latest update.

Naughty Dog, the developer of the action-adventure video game, recently released the "Survival Hardcore Mode" as part of its most recent update, as reported by video game website, Gamespot.

According to the official patch notes, Hardcore Mode will give players an intensely difficult tier where the stakes have gone higher, with players only having a single chance to complete the 50-wave gauntlet. "Hardcore Mode is not for the faint of heart—it'll take skill, close teamwork, and careful strategy," Naughty Dog cautioned.

Apart from introducing the new mode, the update also features the "Classic Mode," which makes a comeback into the Beta Test Playlist for Multiplayer option. Featuring a fundamental, "back-to-basics" mode on combat and movement — without Mysticals, Sidekicks, and an in-game store — the Classic Mode returns to the game amid clamor from fans and gamers, including those who missed its first launch back in November last year.

Another update that particularly caters to the more competitive gamers is the new "Ranked" season that gives players an opportunity to earn brand new Ranked weapon skins, which will compliment the old ones that were previously offered. Furthermore, the update also improves the Qualifier and Master Rank systems.

"Qualifiers will focus on points earned, rather than matches won and Master Rank will now have points earned based off an average of matches (Master Rank will give a match rating averaging your 20 previous Ranked matches). This way, your progress is based entirely on your own performance," Naughty Boy explained.

Additionally, bug fixes and balance changes were also included in the update to further improve the flow of the game.

Meanwhile, Gamespot also reported that "Uncharted 4" bagged the "Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation" for a video game at the recently concluded Annie Awards last weekend, besting "The Witcher 3" expansion packs, "Titanfall 2," and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends."