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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.

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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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+ Remain_Still on June 3rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm said:

Im an Annual subscriber of Qore and still have not recieved my Voucher. what do i do?


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+ obione19 on June 3rd, 2009 at 8:40 pm said:

It is a great game but tonight ran into a guy and nothing we did killed him. He was shot hit, and grenaded and he just did not die. IF the game is going to be like that I will not get it.


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+ Cho-umai on June 4th, 2009 at 12:16 am said:

This game is cool, I got my key and dl the game but first night nobody so waited and now got to enjoy some deatmatch game play.


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+ roon10 on June 4th, 2009 at 3:04 am said:

I Want A Code Please


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+ chillerwurst9654 on June 4th, 2009 at 4:48 am said:

I played the Beta yesterday evening and it was awesome! Had a great Time!

I just think the Six-axis Grenade Control should be enabled by standard! That worked great in Uncharted1 and also does in Uncharted2. And I would love to have reloading back on the “up” button… I think the tipps could stay on one of the shoulder buttons… but I am just a player not a designer ;-)

My only real critic is: in the coop it seems like you would just run and gun the whole time… there are just these short “breaks” when you have to meet the others to press the triangle button together… I played it just once but this was kind of … boring to me… don’t know.. just want to help you!

hope you like to get the feedback! I will report here everything I’ll notice ;-)

Great Game so far!


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+ Random_Socks on June 4th, 2009 at 12:36 pm said:

Only bug I’ve found so far was getting stuck inside a half wall on lower Plaza level just outside of the temple. Only way out was to die/re-spawn.

It seems as though the choice of guns makes a huge difference. Many times I swore I was nailing an opponent with shots and they would not go down (using AK-47). Then they turned towards me and took me out in two hits or less. Probably just me though.

Lastly, so far I have been hung on the finding match screen 3 times. Twice I just hit circle to go back then re-attempted “Find a match”, and once I had to totally quit beta and go back to PS3 menu.


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+ playing729 on June 4th, 2009 at 7:22 pm said:

there should also be split screen competitive and coop


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+ xcube on June 5th, 2009 at 12:20 am said:

when I quit the game to return to the PS3 XMB, the system reboots by it’s own. I have a 60gb edition…


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+ pocketemo on June 5th, 2009 at 1:16 am said:

I STILL HAVE NOT GOTTEN MY BETA AND AS AN ANNUAL QORE SUBSCRIBER IN CANADA I AM EXTREMELY PEEVED.

WHEN I CALL SONY THE GUY SAID THAT THEY ARE STILL GOING OUT AND TO WAIT TILL FRIDAY….FRIDAY HOW MANY DAY AFTER THE START OF THE BETA?..


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+ pocketemo on June 5th, 2009 at 1:17 am said:

BUT IT IS 3AM ON FRIDAY RIGHT NOW AND NO BETA NON OF MY FRIENDS HAVE GOTTEN THERE’S EITHER THESE ARE REAL FRIENDS SO THEY ALSO LIVE IN CANADA I AM USED TO BEING PUT ON THE BACK BURNER BY SONY BUT THIS IS TOO MUCH NOW AFTER ALL THE MONEY I SPEND ON GAMES AND THIS BEING MY 3RD PS3 SYSTEM AND COUNTLESS PS2 AND PS1 BEFORE THAT I FEEL I AM OWN AT LEAST THE DECENCY TO RECEIVE MY BETA THAT WAS OFFERED


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+ pocketemo on June 5th, 2009 at 1:18 am said:

WHAT YOU GOT YOUR MONEY FROM ALL THE NEW SUBSCRIBERS SO YOU DON’T CARE NOW i WILL BE CALLING BACK TO DAY THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THAT I HAVE ALREADY GATHERED 25 OTHER CANADIAN SUBSCRIBERS SOME FRIENDS SOME I HAVE MET ONLINE BECAUSE OF THIS AND WE WILL BE CALLING TOGETHER ANY ONE ELSE IN THE WINNIPEG AREA WHO HAS THIS SAME PROBLEM AND FEELS THE SAME WAY PLEASE MESSAGE ME BEFORE 2PM TODAY MY NETWORK ID IS POCKETEMO WE WILL BE GETTING TOGETHER EITHER AT MT HOME OR A RESTAURANT AND WILL BE CALLING SONY TOGETHER YOU WILL NEED ALL YOUR INFORMATION TO GIVE TO SONY WHEN YOU CALL SO THIS WILL TAKE TIME AND THAT’S THE POINT MAKE THEM TAKE NOTICE THAT WE COUNT TO WE GET THE SHAFT ON EVERY THING NO PS CARDS NOT MOVIES NO NOTHING AND NOW TO GET SCREWED OUT OF THE BETA THAT WAS PROMISED AND EAGERLY AWAITED IS TOO MUCH WE WILL GO FORWARD WITH THIS PLAN EVEN SHOULD THE BETA COME TODAY AS WE FEEL IT IS TOO LATE NOW AND THAT WE SHOULD HAVE HAD IT BEFORE IT STARTED SO WE COULD HAVE HAD THE SAME START AS EVERY ONE ELSE SOME SORT OF COMPENSATION IS NEEDED


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+ pocketemo on June 5th, 2009 at 1:18 am said:

THIS IS FALSE ADVERTISING THEY MAKE AN OFFER TO GET NEW SUBSCRIBERS AND THEN DO NOT DELIVER I KNOW ALLOT GOT THERE’S BUT IT DID NOT SAY THAT SOME MAY NOT GET IT IT SAID ALL AND THAT WE WOULD GET IT FOR THE BETA NOT AFTER (IN CASE IR DOES COME TODAY NOT HOLDING MY BREATH)NO MORE JUST TAKING IT WHEN SONY MAKES OFFER SELDOM DO THEY COME THROUGH WE ALL KNOW THIS YET WE SUPPORT THEM BECAUSE ITS THE BEST SYSTEM WELL THE QUALITY OF THE SYSTEM NO LONGER MAKES UP FOR THE LAKE OF QUALITY IN THE SERVICE OR THE DISRESPECT SONY CONSTANTLY SHOWS US ENOUGH IS ENOUGH


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+ wheskeydean on June 5th, 2009 at 1:50 pm said:

The beta looks beautiful. The game play is spot on. I like that you can switch back to the six axis controls for the grenades.

I think it would be nice to add an option so that you can pick whether or not to play plunder or death match.Sometimes I want to play plunder and everyone votes for deathmatch. Not a huge deal, but it gets annoying if happens a lot.


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+ wheskeydean on June 5th, 2009 at 1:51 pm said:

Oh yeah, i have also noticed when I go to quit game, it reboots my system. I have the 40 GB version.


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+ sade4000 on June 5th, 2009 at 6:27 pm said:

Naughty dog has outdone istelf with one of the best multiplayer third-person shooters out their. Job well done.


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+ BaZa667 on June 6th, 2009 at 6:52 pm said:

Everytime I quit, it re-boots my ps3 60gb. Great game though.


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+ paradebh on June 7th, 2009 at 9:02 am said:

Where is my beta key?? Purchased qore on may (10th) and don´t received that


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+ Maverick2006 on June 7th, 2009 at 11:53 am said:

1. Headshots are difficult to achieve when you an ak or any other type of machine gun.

2. Teammates can block you from scoring when trying to score the “idol”. This becomes really annoying when your in a room with [DELETED].

3. Team kills need to be penalized. Again, [DELETED] will throw gernade right when we spawn killing 3-4 people, but they are still in play.

I love thr multiplayer that guys were able to put together. I love the fact that you were able to keep the same Uncharted aspect in a multiplayer game. Its pure genius! I was telling my friends that this is the SOCOM that should have been. Thanks for all your hardwork!


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+ DominicanNinja on June 8th, 2009 at 8:43 am said:

i loving the beta right now. the aiming is a little weird. i’ll aim at the head and it doesnt hit their head and when i do hit their head, it takes like 3 shots to kill them. really weird but stull very fun.


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+ DominicanNinja on June 8th, 2009 at 8:46 am said:

oh wait one more thing i hope they take away friendly fire its annoying killing your teammates when they run past you. still great game.


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+ Wykydtron2000 on June 8th, 2009 at 4:56 pm said:

Great beta! My PS3 crash when I try to quit or turn off. Also the minigun seems a little too powerful (2-3 single bullets and your dead).


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+ Veracity88 on June 10th, 2009 at 7:22 am said:

idk but it has been a long time since ive gotten the beta (i still dont have it) and ive been a qore member since last june of 08


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+ Imonline989 on June 11th, 2009 at 8:04 pm said:

I just bought the Qore episode 12 ,and I did’nt get my beta yet .What happened?


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+ playing729 on June 15th, 2009 at 7:13 pm said:

y cant the lobby cary on to the next mach, so u dont have to wait like 2 minutes


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