See, this is why you don't show off early footage.
There are two depressing truisms that apply here: 1. Nobody reads and as such, nobody cares about the fine print. 2. Emotion always seems to override objectivity, especially in the world of entertainment.
Naughty Dog recently presented over 15 minutes of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End gameplay during the PlayStation Experience. While some were impressed with what they saw, the footage also sparked a round of mockery from some of the less intelligent "journalists" out there. Drake falling through the earth probably won't be forgotten any time soon, even after the game is on store shelves and the pre-alpha build is far in the past.
That's the key term here- pre-alpha. That was pre-alpha footage . Definitely not beta and not even alpha. The problem is, too few gamers really understand what this even means. Even worse, they don't care. They just laugh and think Naughty Dog screwed up and the new Uncharted is now going to suck, as ludicrous as such a conclusion sounds. Pre-alpha means the game is very early on in development; not the concept stage, certainly, but the product is hardly in the polishing and honing stage. A lot is going to change from here on out; a lot will be improved upon.
Considering what we saw, understanding that it was pre-alpha gameplay, we should be more than encouraged. I've seen alphas before and none of them have been half as advanced as what I saw in that presentation. Of course, as soon as I finished watching it I knew some of the low-IQ hyenas that sadly populate this industry would be sounding off. And now we get to listen to it until Naughty Dog releases more footage. Yay.