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UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves Multiplayer Beta Starts June 3

Justin Richmond's Avatar + Posted by Justin Richmond on Jun 01, 2009 // Multiplayer Designer, Naughty Dog

For the past few years, we here at Naughty Dog have been cranking away at creating not only a new single player adventure for Nathan Drake, but an awesome new online experience as well. It has taken blood, sweat, and possibly even a few tears to get to this point, but on June 3, you can get the first crack at a small slice of the multiplayer modes we’ll pack into the full game.

Everything in the Uncharted 2 multiplayer experience has been designed to get you into the game and playing quickly, so you can just skip this blog post if you’re really that impatient. Just kidding.

When you boot up the beta you’ll find we’ve included 2 playlists for you to try out: co-op and competitive. If you’ve got friends, we’ve made it easy to play together – just hit the triangle button to see your PSN friends list and you can send them an invite, join their party, or just check out their profile. Keep in mind that for the beta, the party size is limited to 5 for competitive and 3 for co-op!

Let’s give you a quick rundown of our two playlists so you can be ready day one…

plunder-enemies-sully plunder-chloe-w-treasure

The competitive playlists contains 2 maps, with 2 game types available on each: Deathmatch and Plunder. Deathmatch is pretty similar to what you’ve come to expect out of “team deathmatch” in other games. Plunder is Naughty Dog’s take on “capture the flag.” At the start of a round, we’ve placed a treasure in a neutral location on the map and the first team to bring it back to their capture chest scores a point – three points to win. What takes this mode into the UNCHARTED universe? Easy; you can now throw the treasure quite a ways in any direction – in some cases, you’ll HAVE to if you want to score a point.

The biggest thing to keep in mind while playing in competitive matches is to keep thinking three dimensionally. There are many, many different places to climb, hide, and shoot from above ground level. The best advice I can give: remember to look up. And keep moving – if you stay in one place too long, you are likely to have your neck snapped from behind or even be pulled off the ledge you are perched on!

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As for the cooperative playlist, we’ve put in a snippet of one of our co-op experiences. Our co-op setups are really rocking right now with three people playing as Drake, Sully, and Chloe as they fight their way through a war-torn city to recover a treasure worth a fortune. In this mode, teamwork is everything and running off alone is a sure way to get killed. Thankfully, in most cases – except for, say, being blown up —you’re not out of the game. If you’ve been downed, you can be revived by one of the other players before your timer runs out! If everyone wipes, you start at the last checkpoint you passed, but be careful, if everyone wipes three times the match is over and you have to start over again. Oh, and keep an eye out on the combo meter on the upper right of the screen. Keep your combo meter increasing by getting kills, picking up treasures or completing objectives and you’ll get a multiplier to the points and cash you’re accumulating. Enemy kills are worth different point amounts depending on what gun you used, so experiment to get the best results. I’ll give you a hint, pistols are awesome.

co-op-drake-n-enemy-flying

A quick note on your rank and the Profile screen. You are ranked on the total amount of online cash you have earned. This includes both the co-op and competitive modes, so you can rank up either way. In competitive, you earn cash for defeating enemies, and earning medals. In co-op, you earn cash for your point score and by earning medals. You can see your rank both next to your name in the lobby and scoreboard, as well as in the Profile screen. In the Profile screen you can see your rank and how far until the next level, you can select Boosters to give yourself a leg up in competitive multiplayer, and select your player skins for competitive multiplayer. Remember to select your boosters before playing competitive multiplayer, and be aware that boosters do not apply in the co-op playlist.

Before I go, I want to let you know that we are asking all of you for your help. To make this the best game it can possibly be, we want to hear from you. Comments, concerns, things you like, things you hate, we want to hear it all. Keep an eye on the “message of the day screen” in our beta to find out where to leave us feedback and for dates and times you can play with the Dogs!

Hope to see you in the beta!

Justin Richmond
PSN: wildspeculation
Multiplayer Designer
Naughty Dog

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+ Tigel on June 1st, 2009 at 2:01 pm said:

Can’t wait!


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+ Calendaros on June 1st, 2009 at 2:03 pm said:

I can’t wait to try it, but it’s definitely not a good time to post this…


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+ Draicus on June 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm said:

Is it Wednesday yet?


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+ TakiFuGu on June 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm said:

That’s awesome news. Keep up the great work!


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+ kentacohut on June 1st, 2009 at 2:04 pm said:

I cannot wait. Love the first game


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+ Enigma777 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:06 pm said:

Can anyone tell me if we can activate the Beta codes yet? I tried yesterday and I got an error…. I’d love to be able to dl it beforehand so i can jump straight in on Wednesday!


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+ Thrasher20 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:07 pm said:

I want to playyyy


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+ bob52 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:07 pm said:

They just announced the next MGS game for xbox360(exclusive) :( Kojima is jumping ship :(


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+ SpeedNut on June 1st, 2009 at 2:07 pm said:

How about a game list/server list option? MUCH EASIER to run group activites events this way vs. friends list.

I can’t tell you how many recent games just didn’t get the traction they should because of missing this feature.

If you’re still skeptical, look at the success of Warhawk and it’s use of a game / server list to get it done. It works!

Can’t wait to try the beta! :)


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+ tagout on June 1st, 2009 at 2:08 pm said:

I want a BETA key please.


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+ HHH247 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:08 pm said:

i want this game so bad i cant stand it, thanks for working to get this out, you rock!


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+ bob52 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:09 pm said:

How long will the beta last?


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+ Capt-Fury- on June 1st, 2009 at 2:10 pm said:

inb4 more Metal Gear whining

can wait! Uncharted 2 is my most anticipated 09 game and the Uncharted series is my favorite new IP of this gen.


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+ sam_i_jam on June 1st, 2009 at 2:12 pm said:

Cannot wait.

I’m more excited by the single player of course.


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+ waffman11 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:12 pm said:

Yay! That’s my B-day, getting inFAMOUS then, too! Can’t wait to get my hands on an MP40 like in the Nazi facility again.


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+ Jack-Bauer-89 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:12 pm said:

Got my code ready :)


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+ Korbei83 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:13 pm said:

The gameplay is an automatic slam dunk. We’ll just have to see how the social/team/friend aspects come into play. Do not underestimate the importance of it. As far as Im concerned it was Killzone 2′s only failure, but it was a monumental failure.

Can’t wait for the beta!


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+ sNsKid on June 1st, 2009 at 2:13 pm said:

I need a beta key!


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+ ATOMS11 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:15 pm said:

Gear up gentlemen . Its going down !


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+ nandosupes on June 1st, 2009 at 2:16 pm said:

I”ll see you all this Wednesday.GOTY candidate right here no doubt.


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+ peevmyster on June 1st, 2009 at 2:16 pm said:

my copy of inFamous didn’t come with a code. Guess i shouldn’t have bought it in this podunk town at Hollywood Video. Any other way to get into the beta?


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+ Darkos87 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:16 pm said:

Ordered infamous, should be getting into the beta on wednesday. AWESOMENESS.


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+ sam_i_jam on June 1st, 2009 at 2:18 pm said:

@bob52: It is not exclusive. Simply a multi-platform.


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+ GamerMoney on June 1st, 2009 at 2:18 pm said:

hav my beta code, hasn’t been workin…can I not download it until the 3rd?


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+ mixedkidbx on June 1st, 2009 at 2:19 pm said:

Can one of the DEVELOPERS please answer this question for me?! PLEASE!

I am looking forward to playing Uncharted 2 BUT i never have gotten around to play Uncharted. i wanna play it before i play part two but i don’t understand why a game that’s 2 years old (i believe) is still full price.

Is Uncharted ever gonna drop to greatest hits price? Like a few months before Uncharted 2 would be nice.


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+ trustter on June 1st, 2009 at 2:20 pm said:

Thanks Naughties


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+ OneShotOswald on June 1st, 2009 at 2:20 pm said:

i got screwed, i bought my copy of infamous on day 1 yet there was no beta code to be found please give me one jeff


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+ sam_i_jam on June 1st, 2009 at 2:20 pm said:

For future reference, if you’re all going to whine about exclusives, keep the following in mind:

a) 99% of all third-party titles (on PS3 or 360) will end up on the opposing platform eventually

b) None of the Sony first or second-party titles will ever be released on opposing platforms

This should nullify most arguments, but really we know people just like to argue for the sake of it.


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+ Flamenblade on June 1st, 2009 at 2:24 pm said:

I’m only disappointed that my copy of inFamous did not come with a beta key.


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+ starBlinky01 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:25 pm said:

thought this was June 2nd.. what ever happened to that?


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+ CrimsonFox13 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:25 pm said:

I love you guys a lot!


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+ alex4848 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:27 pm said:

How long is the beta? I have yet to recieve my Qore code… and got a responce from support saying that they are going out untill the end of June (kind of stupid).


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+ Tr3p1dat10n on June 1st, 2009 at 2:28 pm said:

It’s my birthday, pull some strings to get me a beta code? <.<

I was skeptical about the online that this would feature, but it actually sounds like the potential is pretty good.


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+ stlthriot on June 1st, 2009 at 2:29 pm said:

Looking forward for this game more for the single player but excited to try these new multiplayer modes. :)


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+ DustyBlue on June 1st, 2009 at 2:30 pm said:

I have 2 codes for it… One from Qore and one from inFamous.


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+ bravo9zero on June 1st, 2009 at 2:30 pm said:

Thanks guys, Uncharted 2 looks amazing,
Sadly I never received my beta code from GameStation (UK), so no beta for me..


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+ Vengeful-Chaos on June 1st, 2009 at 2:30 pm said:

If I get inFamous along with the code on the 15th of this month will I be able to play it until (I think) the 26th? Or is there a cut off date as to when you can enter / use the code?


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+ drownedphoniex on June 1st, 2009 at 2:31 pm said:

Awesome sauce! And will there be a private forum for the beta testers?


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+ KingOfNexus on June 1st, 2009 at 2:32 pm said:

Wish I had a BETA key :(
Uncharted 2 is looking awesome can’t wait till I play it!

@DustyBlue Share the wealth?


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+ Erniejpan on June 1st, 2009 at 2:34 pm said:

The beta key was just for the people who pre-order.


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+ VanilaGorila-x- on June 1st, 2009 at 2:34 pm said:

Beta key is ready to be entered. Feel free to start the Beta early. :)

Peace,
VG


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+ KidCommando on June 1st, 2009 at 2:34 pm said:

oh hell yeah!

looking forward to trying out the multiplayer aspect of Uncharted 2.


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+ Pesico on June 1st, 2009 at 2:39 pm said:

Oh my, you did put co-op the beta, and two competetive maps. Looking so much forward to this beta that words can’t describe it.


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+ Viprdude on June 1st, 2009 at 2:41 pm said:

Maybe if this post was to let everyone know that the beta is for everyone it would be cool, but it’s not and that is lame.

Give me a code and I’ll give you a kudos.


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+ ADR143 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:41 pm said:

cant w8!


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+ RogueCommando on June 1st, 2009 at 2:42 pm said:

I was wondering about split screen. I dont really like to take turns when I can play coop or competitive with my buddies on the same couch. it is a whole different vibe than online only. maybe 4 player split screen. just so that the fellas who dont have ps3 can chill and play at the same time


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+ bravo9zero on June 1st, 2009 at 2:42 pm said:

@ 40
I did pre-oreder Infamous,

But Gamestation (UK) changed the beta deal,
too a InFamous HOME costume, At the last minute :(


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+ robsammons on June 1st, 2009 at 2:42 pm said:

is co-op going to be offline in the beta or just online :S


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+ Link01 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:43 pm said:

I totally can’t wait… is there in game music online? …….. or in game screen shots during the replay ?


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+ Kamikaze135 on June 1st, 2009 at 2:45 pm said:

Hey, I have a question. My beta voucher says that the beta starts in August…does that mean I have to wait till August and miss out on the June beta or was the August beta moved up to June as well?


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