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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


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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+ speedis on November 10th, 2007 at 12:32 pm said:

Very nice, your efforts have made this game a definitive buy.


+ Kiaininja on November 10th, 2007 at 12:46 pm said:

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

More like Sam taking tourture from threatening inraged mob of gamers, muuahhahahaha. Thanks for ND in fixing the issue quickly even though many didn’t even say “pretty please fix this” like a well behaved gamer, lol.


+ brandonklex on November 10th, 2007 at 1:21 pm said:

@192 you are a noble man.i think you tried too much in depth of is like you can even write a book out of offense but you said sth like he doing odd thing on his body!what do you expect him to do ?imagine somebodyelse watching him all the time and act like a moviestar?u r lucky he does not [DELETED] on your screen!peace man!


+ PS3 Game Geek » Uncharted Demo Region Un-Locked on November 10th, 2007 at 2:35 pm said:

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+ stennex on November 10th, 2007 at 2:49 pm said:

Thank you Naughty Dog for what could possibly turn out to become THE GAME OF THE YEAR! This game from what little i have played on the demo, has everything and more. Well balanced. From the great sound effects, to the unbelievable AI reactions by both the enemies and Nathan Drake. Blu-ray allows for uncompressed sound and video thats why it is worth having such enormous space. PS3 is really rocking. With the influx of games coming on the market i am happy that Sony partners like you take time to create games like these. I can save money and spend it knowing that the product will be worth the buy. Keep up the great work.

P.S. Jak & Daxter, Crash Bandicoot. Hmmmm i am Just thinking out loud.


+ Conch_Bubby on November 10th, 2007 at 3:35 pm said:

Now that everyone is happy. Remember to always purchase brand new games and not used ones, so that the hard working devs like Naughty Dog can fully be rewarded!


+ Deloix on November 10th, 2007 at 6:39 pm said:

hi, i have discowered this bug. You can see it on my video on the time 1:35. Drake is totaly frozen and game still running.

I think, thet is blend problem between two animations.

here is my video:


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+ Andronix on November 10th, 2007 at 7:40 pm said:

Christophe Balestra. Thank you!
When something is done right, thanks should be given.

UK/European PS3 owners access the U.S. store because you sometimes get demos first! So its good to see this demo is available to us. Very glad the region-coding was an accident.

I played the demo. It starts of excellently, like a classic action adventure film that you love. Fantastic musical score. The game looks beautiful, im pretty sure that’s the best water I have ever seen in a game. I love the characterisation, and the animation. Its fun. This looks like it could be a genuine PLAYSTATION 3 must-have exclusive. The UNCHARTED demo has made me decide to get this game on it’s day of release.


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+ Jeff Chen on November 10th, 2007 at 8:47 pm said:

Bug report:

This demo only shows English and Japanese on JAP PS3s; only Eurpoean languages on EU PS3s. This makes me impossible to choose Chinese languages on a JAP PS3. Plz fix it. Thanks.


+ Cesar on November 10th, 2007 at 9:25 pm said:

Ey i’m from the U.S and i play the Demo a few time last night and i love it i Have the game reserve and its only 2 weeks away i can’t wait, Ey Sam thanks for fixing the problem i got to play it no problem but Thanks for making the people from Europe and Japan and who knows from where happy….


+ epic on November 10th, 2007 at 10:53 pm said:

Awesome game guys. Can’t wait to buy the full release. :)


+ Nynja on November 10th, 2007 at 10:55 pm said:

I live in the States and have already downloaded and played this demo (which is amazing!) so this did not effect me. Though, for the amount of dedication coming from Naughty Dog on this issue, I must say that I am overwhelmed by you and your team’s actions in addressing such an issue. This deserves front page news. You guys are just like Uncharted, amazing!

Thank you N.D.


+ AuRoN on November 11th, 2007 at 12:47 am said:

@Christophe Balestra

Can you confirm the autocensor on NTSC JAP console?


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+ Gadbury on November 11th, 2007 at 4:32 am said:

Thank you Naughty Dog for making the neccessary change – it is much appreciated by many of us. I don’t understand what people are thinking if they believe they have the right to rant about the region encoding of a demo that shouldn’t even be available to them. I was disappointed that the demo didn’t initially work in the UK but only becaue I have been highly anticipating Uncharted and had been looking forwards to the demo being released on Thursday.

Oh, and the demo is awesome – it’s the first PS3 game I have played that has truly impressed and convinced me that it couldn’t be done on the PS2.


+ besin on November 11th, 2007 at 5:02 am said:

The demo is incredible. I played it three times and loved it so much. Cannot wait for the full retail version, come Nov. 19.


+ Richmond on November 11th, 2007 at 6:08 am said:

I bet the guy who said he sold his PS3 (comment #237 on the old thread about the demo being region locked) because of this feels really good right now. That’s what you get for being a moron though, I guess xD

Great job Sony/Naughty Dog, but even if you hadn’t of fixed this problem, it really wouldn’t have mattered a great deal to me. But awesome work nonetheless to get it fixed so quickly. I shall now go and download the demo, and give your awesome game a spin. :D


+ Playstatic » Uncharted now playable in Europe on November 11th, 2007 at 6:35 am said:

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+ gamesblow on November 11th, 2007 at 6:38 am said:

I’ve lsot track of how many times I’ve played the demo now. I cannot wait to pick this one up from my work. I buying 2 more copies as birthday gifts the same day too. I love Naughtydog releases!


+ LocoKing on November 11th, 2007 at 6:43 am said:

hehe i just finished playing the demo on my euro PS3.. Amazing game, AI was ruthless.. I liked it alot. :D


+ crazyeighty8 on November 11th, 2007 at 7:17 am said:

The demo was suppose to give everyon e a taste of the game. If you want the full story you have to buy the full game. when drake jumps he kicks his legs to get more distance (#192). This means he can bypass some ledges and grab another further away, when this happens instead of grabbing the ledge with both hands he hangs on with the fingettips of one hand (very cool). he still manages to haul himself up.


+ sammyk on November 11th, 2007 at 7:28 am said:

thank you!


+ Richmond on November 11th, 2007 at 7:35 am said:

Just finished downloading/playing the demo. The visuals on this game are absolutely stunning. I guess it’s pretty commonplace now to expect things like this, but going into the water and having your character come out like a real person would after being in water… is still so damn impressive to me. The voice acting is also brilliant (whoever they hired to play Nathan should be given a medal, the guy makes the character seem real and human). The lip synching too, just as good as the voice acting. In my opinion, voice acting means little if it’s clear the characters aren’t saying the words (these days at least. people are getting more fussy by the year :P). But yeah, lip synching in this console era, is just as important as the actual voice work, and they’ve nailed it perfectly. The combat and movement too, two things I was a little apprehensive about, is absolutely perfect for this type of game.

In summary: Intelligent AI, intuitive control scheme, great visuals and voice acting, and great movement animations and combat, means we have a winner here people. And this is only the DEMO!

I have to admit, I wasn’t that excited for this game when I first heard about it, but after playing this demo, this game is now well and truly on my “To Get” list. Great job Naughty Dog!


+ Nephlabobo on November 11th, 2007 at 8:24 am said:

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

Rubbish. All I have to say is…about bloody time.


+ Apple Blog » Blog Archive » Uncharted demo fixed for European PS3s on November 11th, 2007 at 9:06 am said:

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+ Richmond on November 11th, 2007 at 9:32 am said:


It’s called damage control, and it’s to be expected after something like this. At the end of the day though, they made a mistake, then they fixed it, and then you and I got our demo. They could easily have said the same exact thing, but NOT fixed the problem, so don’t be taking that “about bloody time” attitude with them. They did everything right after the initial blunder, so your closing comment should be something like “Thank you for fixing this problem, I’m very grateful that you were able to”, like everyone else.


+ Nephlabobo on November 11th, 2007 at 10:07 am said:


I’ll take whatever attitude I like.
Considering their first response to pissed off gamers was “You’ll have it on the 22nd”, I’ll take whatever attitude I like.

This whole issue should never have happened in the first place.


+ Demon on November 11th, 2007 at 10:10 am said:

I definitely buying this game. Actually, I’m going to pre-order it right now!

Naughty Dog kicks ass.


+ Deman on November 11th, 2007 at 10:47 am said:

@230 Good idea i agree I will race oyu lets see who preorders it first


+ Deman on November 11th, 2007 at 10:48 am said:



+ willywhisky on November 11th, 2007 at 11:59 am said:

The demo just convinced me to buy this game.

I want to play more.

I can’t wait for this to get released.

It’s almost mean that we have to wait after such a great demo.


+ Kenshin001 on November 11th, 2007 at 12:47 pm said:

After reading the comments in this thread I wonder if Sony should re-evaluate its regional store system. Wouldn’t it be better to have one unified store, but with regional subsections? Would make things a hell of a lot easier for Playstation users. I mean how many PS3 users must have multiple accounts to be downloading this demo from the US store?


+ Kraken on November 11th, 2007 at 1:27 pm said:

Thank you so much.

I live in Norway. I dl’ed the demo.

It’s awesome! I will buy this game, no doubt. Good job ND! Love ya!


+ crazyeighty8 on November 11th, 2007 at 1:46 pm said:

The dust has settled, everybody who knew about the download has probally got it by now. I think all the initail fuss was worth it, and im sure sony and its fans (playstation gamers) know a little bit more about each other. The thing is and what we dont want or need is some sort of divide in the playstation gaming community it should be one. We get enough critics from xbot owners. Initailly a lot of ppl who had the demo were happy some could not- you know who you are. After a rash of comments more americans agreed it was unfair and probally helped getting things sorted. No more of the SCEA, SCEE crap please.


+ Viper7 on November 11th, 2007 at 2:31 pm said:

Nice one naughtydog. Thanks for sorting this out. The demo was great and I have been looking foward the game from the moment it was annouced (love jak and old crash bandicoots, so cant miss NaughtyDog Projects :P)

I was suprised to see that the game was actualy translated to Finnish and quite well too. So what ever the finalizing of vocalization was it wouldnt have affected my game impressions.

So Does this mean that Europeans/Etc are now officialy aproved to Download the demos from other continents store?

Ppl mostly DL demos and trailers only anyways since DLC doesnt work on pal versions usualy. And this would also be great for ppl that import their games from US.


+ flubba on November 11th, 2007 at 2:51 pm said:

Just wanna say thanks for the fix and the great demo (and hopefully the whole game). This is probably the first time I’ve feelt like I’m playing a real PS3 game, HeavenlySword came close but it was lacking in a lot of areas. Uncharted on the other hand seems like it’s going to be the game that really shows how the PS3 should be handled =)


+ GibbShift on November 11th, 2007 at 2:58 pm said:

Wow, this is the greatest PSN Demo ever. I hereby nominate it for DOTY (Demo of the Year). Any objections?

SixaxiS grenade tossing in this game is the most awesome thing ever. It took some getting used to, but I’ve gone from over/under throwing them, to dropping them right in front of enemy. My best one so far was a nade throw between two enemies that set off an explosive barrel that ended up taking them both out. AWESOME.


+ Cameron on November 11th, 2007 at 4:58 pm said:

Wow, nice turn around. +’s all round.


+ NAMEK on November 11th, 2007 at 5:29 pm said:

This is great news! Can’t wait for the game to arrive.


+ Nephlabobo on November 11th, 2007 at 7:32 pm said:

It’s about $170 and it’s a three hour trip, going one way. Not too bad.


+ Xoonaka on November 11th, 2007 at 9:56 pm said:

In regards to the demo in general…

There was a ton of shooting, a little platforming, and hardly any exploration, puzzle solving, or even treasure finding.

So, what kind of breakdown can we expect for the final game? I really don’t want to buy a shooter, but if the demo isn’t really indicative of the actual variety in gameplay, I might be willing to give it a shot.

Right now it seems like 80% shooter, 20% platformer.

I would hope it’s more like 30% Shooter, 30% Puzzles, 30% Platformer, and maybe 10% interactive cutscenes or some other game type you’re hiding from us.

…I guess I’m the only one not tired of interactive cutscenes yet, huh?

Anyway, lemme know if you can. Thanks guys! Really polished, even if it does turn out to primarily be a shooter!


+ Fantatier on November 12th, 2007 at 12:20 am said:

brilliant, i love the demo!


+ notpill on November 12th, 2007 at 12:38 am said:

Thank you so much!


+ tails-4 on November 12th, 2007 at 1:15 am said:

i already wasted 1.2gb of my limit.
i hope i downloaded the good one now, or else thats 2.4gb ive wasted

thanks again


+ amras_telemnar on November 12th, 2007 at 2:26 am said:

This demo was a lot better than I initially thought.

The only thing that draws it down a bit, is the camera. At the end of the demo, when you’re supposed to jump over the columns, the camera angle changes. This in turn makes me jump down instead of over. But it’s just nitpicking.


+ » Update: Uncharted US demo now region unlocked for all. - Hot Gadget Live on November 12th, 2007 at 2:46 am said:

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+ LordOfRuin on November 12th, 2007 at 5:46 am said:

Hiya, great looking demo. Two things that may or may not be worthy to you. Firstly, are the game controller options going to be expanded for the full release? I ask because I’m a lefty when it comes to my mushroom sticks. I’d hate to think that you’d put in all this work, but didn’t allow the option to flip the sticks over for us weirdo’s who like it that way. I’ve tried learning the sticks the “wrong” way, but can’t.

Secondly, anyway to have an alternative camera behaviour that would fix it, or float it behind me, unless I deliberately turn it? I realise that I can pop the R3 button sometimes, but it doesn’t work consistently, and, as above, moving with the right mushroom isn’t intuitive.

Other than that, it’s lovely looking. Though I can’t finish your demo cos I get flustered with many enemies, and without lefty controls I end up doing flid maneouvers. (I got angry at one point and broke my mug of tea, that was when I stopped trying to play it). Oh I do hope you give the lefty option, cos I wont be buying it otherwise.


+ DarkUSS on November 12th, 2007 at 6:19 am said:


I have pre-ordered the US version of Uncharted hoping that it will be region-free and it will work fine with my PAL PS3.

Please let us know if that’s the case. Thanks!

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