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Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Demo Back on the World Map

Christophe Balestra's Avatar + Posted by Christophe Balestra on Nov 09, 2007 // Co-President Naughty Dog

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Christophe Balestra, here, and I’m Co-President at Naughty Dog. I wanted to give a final update on the Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune demo situation.

We’re really sorry about what happened and didn’t anticipate this at all. We just didn’t know people from other territories could connect to the US PLAYSTATION Network Store and download demos … now we do! We’ve been too busy working on the game to wrap our head’s around the infrastructure of the PSN.

We absolutely did not plan the demo to be region locked. As soon as we figured out the problem existed, Sam Thompson called me and I jumped into my car, drove to the office and fixed it right away. It’s an honest mistake and we didn’t try to prevent anybody from enjoying the Uncharted demo. I feel even more sorry because most of the people who experienced the problem are in Europe and I’m European myself.

So again, we’re really sorry about what happened and it wasn’t done on purpose. The good news is it’s now fixed and a new demo of Uncharted has been posted to the US PLAYSTATION Network Store so the entire world can enjoy it.

Thanks to Sam for taking the heat yesterday and for letting us know about the issue.

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+ VincentNg on November 9th, 2007 at 6:00 pm said:

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!


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+ iapetus on November 9th, 2007 at 6:00 pm said:

Christopher, Sam, thanks for this. It’s the absolute best thing you could possibly have done from the point of view of non-US PS3 owners, and it’s great to see developers listening to feedback and exceeding our expectation in such a way.

Or, to put it another way, you guys rock. I’d stick around and praise you some more, but I’ve got a demo to download. :D


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+ Makasu on November 9th, 2007 at 6:02 pm said:

Naughty Dog IS AWESOME! Thanks a million!


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+ lordvampir on November 9th, 2007 at 6:03 pm said:

thanks a lot im going to buy the game now.


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+ Solace on November 9th, 2007 at 6:04 pm said:

NOW can we put all those conspiracy theories to rest?
I think more than a few people on here owe NaughtyDog an apology…


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+ TONX on November 9th, 2007 at 6:04 pm said:

oh man. Thank this man. now.


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+ DarkUSS on November 9th, 2007 at 6:04 pm said:

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christophe Balestra, I LOVE YOU!

Everyone apologize to Sam and NaughtyDog NOW!


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+ marcandrer on November 9th, 2007 at 6:04 pm said:

wow man great work. Even if I didnt love your game as much as I do I would buy it anyway :)

I hope you get many more titles out on the ps3 !!


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+ Kamahl on November 9th, 2007 at 6:06 pm said:

wow, i already played it, i have an american PS3 so it didnt bother me but that’s pretty cool, i consider Naughty Dog one of the best developers out there and you guys just earned a lot of respect from your customers by doing this so fast!

Good job!


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+ SinsToJudge on November 9th, 2007 at 6:07 pm said:

You guys are awesome. Thankyou so much for fixing this for us, I know you didn’t have too :)

Once again, thankyou. :)

BTW Chris, can you give us any information about the soundtrack to Uncharted? I simpley loved the music on Firefly, Uncharted is shaping up to be the same. Would it be possible to release an OST somewhere down the track please? :)

Thankyou once again, this just shows the amount of care and love you guys have for games!

STJ


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+ Mr.Fusion on November 9th, 2007 at 6:07 pm said:

Thank you and like others I apologise for the abuse that was directed towards you and your company.

There is legitimate concern about the difference in stores, and what happened with this demo was the final straw for a lot of people. I hope Sony themselves have also taken note of what problems people feel the PSN has.


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+ VincentNg on November 9th, 2007 at 6:08 pm said:

Sorry T_T. Its just that i can’t bare the disappointment of not able to test out the demo especially when most of them who tested it out say how awesom this game is. Now i am so happy i will just sit infront my tv do nothing but watching the dowload % increasing :P


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+ furransu on November 9th, 2007 at 6:08 pm said:

“We just didn’t know people from other territories could connect to the US PLAYSTATION Network Store and download demos”

WTF?? are you kidding me??


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+ vicentecarro on November 9th, 2007 at 6:09 pm said:

Thanks!


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+ SinsToJudge on November 9th, 2007 at 6:10 pm said:

Just to clarify, has the fixed demo been posted on the US store already, or has it been sent to Sony to await postage on it’s store?


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+ furransu on November 9th, 2007 at 6:11 pm said:

im in japan with a japan ps3.. is it fixed for us too ???


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+ Kamahl on November 9th, 2007 at 6:12 pm said:

@13

you just have to complain about everything, don’t you?


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+ Rogerjak on November 9th, 2007 at 6:13 pm said:

I’m commenting on a blog made by Christophe Balestra! :D

Thanks a lot ND for fixing the problem so fast :D That’s why I love you guys so much :)


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+ furransu on November 9th, 2007 at 6:15 pm said:

@17

but seriously… arent they 1 year late about knowing that we can all connect to different PS Stores…


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+ ghamdikh1 on November 9th, 2007 at 6:15 pm said:

Good for you Naughty Dogs.


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+ Wollan on November 9th, 2007 at 6:15 pm said:

I’m kissing you through my screen.


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+ crazyeighty8 on November 9th, 2007 at 6:16 pm said:

Sam, sony & naughty dog thats absolutely brilliant i love you guys


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+ leetfoo on November 9th, 2007 at 6:17 pm said:

goddamn you guys rule…..


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+ Flayer on November 9th, 2007 at 6:18 pm said:

Awesome! I wasn’t sure if I was going to buy Uncharted after I was locked out of the demo but now i’m getting it on release day for sure.

Tubular dudes!


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+ DarkUSS on November 9th, 2007 at 6:18 pm said:

WHOEVER STILL COMPLAINS, HE’S JUST PATHETIC!

The guys over at NaughtyDog did an amazing job and fixed the bug as soons as they could.

I think they deserve the best and everyone who was harsh with them yesterday needs to apologize now (including myself).


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+ leetfoo on November 9th, 2007 at 6:19 pm said:

by the way, is this the same demo but fixed for other regions or actually a different demo? it’s hard to tell form your description. I.e. should us americans re-download?


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+ James41 on November 9th, 2007 at 6:19 pm said:

@19 It seems that Naughty Dog was focused on making a great game and not the inner workings of the PSN. Some people tend to forget that this is their job, in which they spend countless hours creating a quality product, and therefore they don’t have as much time as you or I have to know all of the details of the Playstation network…


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+ Scottnat on November 9th, 2007 at 6:21 pm said:

Thankyou. Hopefully this will be a lessen to the global PSN setup – just how annoyed people are, and dependent they are on the worlds ‘head’ server (which the US essentially acts as); even if it has all, unfortunately, been taken out on this one situation. And just how many sales have been made on the good faith towards the ‘no regions on games’ policy.

Whether it was negligence or deliberate – O’s Razor for me, suggests it’s odd that no-one, anywhere involved, would have thought to have run it ‘once, on a ‘non-NTSC-U machine’ (there’d have to be a few of these customers even in the US, using the PSN US store) – the end result is what counts.

I’ve gotta wait until midnight to do the download – bandwidth issues this month – but if it’s as good as the previews suggest, you aught to have another sale by tomorrow. Take care. Hopefully this is the last we see of the word ‘bug’ or ‘region’ in relation to situations excluding any PS3 gamers ever again.

Also, hopefully now that everyone can play the demo, there’ll start to be some word of mouth about it – what should have started yesterday, alas.


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+ Releaser on November 9th, 2007 at 6:22 pm said:

Nice! I think you guys just ranked in one the best developers in my list.


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+ Zaku on November 9th, 2007 at 6:22 pm said:

I didn’t run into this issue because I’m in the US but kudos to Naughty Dog for taking the time to go back and allowing the demo to be played by non US owning PS3 owners. Big thanks for taking the time Naughty Dog :)


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+ Maxinux on November 9th, 2007 at 6:26 pm said:

This is what I am talking about wow, Thank you ND and every one helped in fixing the problem and accept my apology as European for beeing rude and angry in the last hours.

If this shows something, then it will be how much people wanting this game, I guess this make u happy at ND,right ;)


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+ Gregero on November 9th, 2007 at 6:27 pm said:

NAUGHTY DOG’S IN THE HOOOUUUSE!! You guys kick massive-@ss.


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+ Mr.Fusion on November 9th, 2007 at 6:31 pm said:

now@ 70%

But I wonder what information Sony gives developers about the PSN… I guess it’s not much.


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+ SinsToJudge on November 9th, 2007 at 6:32 pm said:

Mr Fusion, please tell us if the demo works properly or not :)

My interweb connection is a bit slow atm -_-


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+ Mr.Fusion on November 9th, 2007 at 6:33 pm said:

Installing NOW


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+ ghamdikh1 on November 9th, 2007 at 6:33 pm said:

He Naughty Dogs when you going to release Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Demo in the EU\JP Stores.


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+ Mr.Fusion on November 9th, 2007 at 6:34 pm said:

50%


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+ Mr.Fusion on November 9th, 2007 at 6:35 pm said:

Loading….


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+ FirewalkR on November 9th, 2007 at 6:36 pm said:

Thank you, Naughty GOD! Finally I’ll be able to see in motion the work of the SPE lords :)


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+ SinsToJudge on November 9th, 2007 at 6:36 pm said:

Does it work? :P


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+ wh0am1 on November 9th, 2007 at 6:37 pm said:

awesome
You guys listened and actually fixed the problem!


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+ Mr.Fusion on November 9th, 2007 at 6:37 pm said:

doesn’t work…

JKS

Works and all I can say is OMFG it looks awesome!


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+ Solace on November 9th, 2007 at 6:39 pm said:

@MrFusion
Thanks for verifying. I’m sure that there were a lot of people holding their breath.

Alright, everyone; now that we’ve all “hugged it out”, can I get an “amen” on how fricken gorgeous this game is looking?
Even Nathan’s clothes get wet and dry off.
So many little details, it’s hard to catch them all. Anyone else notice anything abnormally awesome?


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+ SinsToJudge on November 9th, 2007 at 6:40 pm said:

Thanks for the hear attack Mr Fusion :)

Enjoy! Hopefully I’ll be playing soon enough

Thanks again to Chris, you are a legend man


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+ Violater on November 9th, 2007 at 6:43 pm said:

Bloody GOOD JOB NAUGHTY DOG
I hope all the people who came to say so many bad things come back and apologize.


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+ AgainstFive on November 9th, 2007 at 6:43 pm said:

Thx Christophe.

It works with my JP console.


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+ Nightz on November 9th, 2007 at 6:44 pm said:

Naughty Dog, you guys rule. :)


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+ Starfleets on November 9th, 2007 at 6:48 pm said:

THANK YOU


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+ Ultima-Bahamut on November 9th, 2007 at 6:48 pm said:

Naughty Dog = Gods among men


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+ Christophe Balestra on November 9th, 2007 at 6:51 pm said:

Hey guys,

I’m glad to see this news puts a smile on everybody’s face. Just to clarify, yes you can download the new demo now and it will also works in Japan.

Have fun.


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