Sony moved to up the incentive to own a PlayStation 4 at the console’s launch last night by teasing a new title in Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series. …
In a brief teaser, Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Belestra announced that Uncharted will be coming back. There are hints in the trailer, but the voice over isn’t Nolan North as Nathan Drake.
The pair of developers declined to share any additional details. Here’s hoping that more news comes soon.
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Naughty Dog is developing a new Uncharted game for the PlayStation 4, the developer revealed this evening during Spike’s PS4 launch event.
Update: The revealing trailer features a brooding monologue from a character that clearly feels he was betrayed in the past. In a tweet following the presentation, Naughty Dog Creative Director Amy Hennig revealed that the voice belongs to Todd Stashwick (The Riches, Heroes).
Instead of requesting gifts for the second anniversary of the Uncharted 3 launch, developer Naughty Dog has decided to reward players by making each of the game’s multiplayer map packs available for free.
Pay a visit to the PlayStation Network store and you’ll find that the three DLC map packs released for Uncharted 3 now feature zero-dollar price tags. Naughty Dog has also reduced the price of a number of multiplayer items found on the PlayStation Network, though that part of the deal will expire on November 4.
While this celebration is meant to send the game into retirement with a bang, there is still one more piece of content headed for Uncharted 3. The next time you fire up the game, your PlayStation 3 will download a patch that includes the new “Dry Docks” multiplayer map, as well as numerous balance changes, all of which have been helpfully outlined on the developer’s website.
A technical issue has caused Naughty Dog to delay an Uncharted 3 double XP event until next Tuesday, which was set to begin this weekend. The double XP event will now begin on October 22, starting at 12PM Pacific, and go until October 29 at the same time.
“This week the Lab will see the return of Lead Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Designer Robert Cogburn’s first Block Mesh Map,” notes the studio’s blog. “If you didn’t get a chance to play it when it was first released, it’s a ton of fun. Check it out.”
The first week of November marks the two-year anniversary of the game’s launch. It was, and still is, a pretty, good game.
Naughty Dog is hosting a summer sale this weekend, highlighting deals on select Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception DLC across PSN.
Uncharted 3‘s single-player campaign has been knocked down to $ 25 for a download, which is the price of a physical copy through Amazon, and all of the multiplayer DLC map packs are available in one bundle for $ 18.
The free-to-play version of Uncharted 3‘s multiplayer has a level limit of 15 right now, but if you want to raise that to 25 you can do so this weekend for $ 3. Otherwise, spending $ 12 unlocks unlimited leveling. Both the Adventure co-op add-on and Arena co-op add-on are priced at $ 8 and $ 6.
This sale will conclude on Monday, July 29 at 12pm PT, at which point everything will revert back to its full price. To purchase any of this content, simply head through the Extras menu within Uncharted 3.
Next week, when the PlayStation Store updates on June 11, three new games will be added to the PlayStation Plus free Instant Game Collection library: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and LittleBigPLanet Karting.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will include the full single-player campaign for PS Plus subscribers and the free-to-play multiplayer side. Both XCOM: Enemy Unknown and LBP Karting are their full retail offerings, joining a June that has already yielded a free copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and will later gift Saints Row: The Third.
The empty footprints in the sand trailing after Nathan Drake are only the beginning, as he trudges away from the fallen plane he barely survived. The plane crashed in the Rub' al Khali Desert, the place where he knows Sully is being held captive. Naughty Dog’s desert scene is memorable with vast sand dunes and an unsettling feeling of being lost.
The camera in the desert scene is cinematic and placed in a particular way. It zooms out so that Drake’s tiny frame cannot measure up to the infinite expanse of the desert. It feels like I am not playing a game, but controlling a movie.
While walking through the desert, which lasts a good five minutes, night turns to day and day to night so much that even I begin to lose track of time in the sands. I can almost feel the dusty thirst of Drake as he barely crawls across the dunes. Drake’s exhaustion from the heat is palpable as his feet drag, and there’s no way my analog stick can make him go faster. It’s almost painful watching Drake drag himself through the desert. It’s an incredible communication of thoughts and feelings with the absence of words.
The blowing of the sands across the Rub' al Khali Desert twist and funnel in the distance as Drake nears what he thinks is an oasis filled with water. Even I get a little hopeful; excitement is buried at the bottom of my throat ready to burst once Drake sips the clear water. Unfortunately, it’s a mirage, melting away as he steps closer.
These are seemingly small, insignificant scenes that actually grow to be imperative moments in the creation of your relationship with the main character. In these scenes, you become one with the protagonist. You feel what they feel, experience what they experience, and become more attached. The scene in the desert made me empathize with Drake for his lost confusion and terrible thirst. Most of the game, Drake is traveling and fighting with a partner, but in this scene he is alone and that realization slowly settles in. For a second you wonder: Will he ever get out?
Being dubbed "Oddball DLC" due to its randomness, the content consists of miscellaneous cosmetic parts that you can buy and slap on your avatar. More DLC will be available for purchase in April and June, and Sony has implied that those updates will include items that are more easily grouped together thematically.
Sony also announced that since going free-to-play, the Uncharted 3 multiplayer client has been downloaded over 350,000 times.
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The news comes as part of a DLC announcement over on the PlayStation Blog, where Naughty Dog reveals it will offer new DLC every month until June, starting first with “Oddball” avatar accoutrements celebrating Extraterrestrial Abductions Day. Some “Oddball” items include a duct tape mask, a bag for your avatar’s head and a burlap sack, also for your head – because nothing celebrates alien abductions quite like a sombrero.