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UNCHARTED 3 Lights Up GDC With 3D, Villainess Katherine Marlowe

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Last week, Naughty Dog and SCEA held a packed-to-the-rafters press event at the PlayStation.Blog lounge at GDC 2011 focusing on UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception. The anticipation from the invited press was palpable as they all filtered into the PlayStation.Blog Lounge – afterwards, word on the street was that we delivered.

Evan Wells, Christophe Balestra, Richard Lemarchand and yours truly were to give the demo and speak with the press – the embargo just lifted this morning, so be sure to visit your favorite gaming media outlet for their take on the event and the reveals.

UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception: Marlowe and Drake's awkward reunion


We kicked off the press event with the first-ever demo outside of Naughty Dog halls of UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception in stereoscopic 3D. We chose to present a portion of the burning chateau sequence we premiered in late December. Since most people would already be familiar with the way the sequence looked and played, we thought it would make all the more evident the stellar work the Naughty Dog team has put into making the 3D presentation part of the core Naughty Dog Engine. In my opinion, with this small snippet of gameplay we’ve proven that we’re able to perfectly retain all of the spectacular visuals and effects that you’ve come to expect from an UNCHARTED game into the 3D presentation. Playing in 3D gives you some added benefits to gameplay as well, such as improved aiming around corners and an excellent read on depth for all traversal sequences, no matter how tricky. Unfortunately, until you get to see UNCHARTED 3 running in 3D at an event or in your home this November, you’ll have to rely on impressions from our attending media for how good it looked and played.

The real meat of the press event was the unveiling of the central antagonist that will try to foil Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan at every opportunity – meet Katherine Marlowe in the video above.

UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception: Katherine Marlowe

Marlowe is definitely not one you want to get in the way of, or worse, double cross! To give you some background, Katherine Marlowe is the coldly calculating leader of a secret society whose roots date back over four hundred years to the court of Queen Elizabeth I. She has a long-standing rivalry with Nathan Drake over Sir Francis Drake’s ring – something they both contend is rightfully theirs and is also the key to an ancient mystery. As you can tell from the cutscene above, Marlowe is a much more cerebral enemy than Drake has confronted in the past, using both psychological and physical tactics to get what she is after. Marlowe also has the assistance of her team of highly trained agents in this secret society – they are far more elusive and dangerous than the hired guns Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan have faced in the past.

Additionally, we’ve uploaded a set of stills from the cutscene, a high-resolution render of Katherine Marlowe and concept art of the agents and thugs Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan will face in UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception.

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We hope you’ve all enjoyed meeting Katherine Marlowe in our GDC 2011 reveal. Stay tuned as we still have a ton of information we want to reveal – with little to no spoilers! – over the next eight months leading up to UNCHARTED 3’s PS3 release on 11-1-11.

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dirtyd89 said:

March 8th, 11:57 am

Naughty Dog please offer a Collector’s Edition for UC3 I really want one.

I’ll pay top dollar for it.

I have some ideas.
ex.)
-Game (Obviously.)
-Soundtrack
-PS Home Avatar Outfits
-PS Dynamic Theme
-2X Multiplayer Cash Week. (For the first week of launch.)
-Art Book.
-UC3 Poster. (I want another poster for my room.)
-Gold Guns (Bring them back in UC3.)
etc.

UC3 is my most anticipated game this year.

Looking forward to it.

Zinacef said:

March 8th, 11:58 am

If she’s going to be the final boss of this one, then I’m thinking you guys are going to make this one much too easy!

Dice_for_Death_ said:

March 8th, 12:04 pm

Good lord. Put me down for a hundred copies!

ArcaneAltair said:

March 8th, 12:05 pm

Day 1 purchase.

ProSoldier14 said:

March 8th, 12:08 pm

Is it me or did she say, “we won’t harm your precious boy”?

Ethereal said:

March 8th, 12:10 pm

Wow very impressed by the graphical quality displayed with still 8 months of work left (would expect anything else from the team over a Naughty Dog). Everybody doubled Sony when the PS3 launched saying that they were spilling out empty promises of revolutionary games and entertainment. I for one knew it was only a matter of time. ND, you guys have my money already, keep up the good work and keep teasing us with these types of goodies!

leo8877 said:

March 8th, 12:12 pm

Looks fantastic!!!

ItsJoseph22 said:

March 8th, 12:18 pm

wow… im speechless, just cant wait :)

TreasureReserved said:

March 8th, 12:20 pm

I’m nitpicking here (and I know its early in development) but I have a few issues with this scene. The light bloom on Nathan’s white collar is overdone and a little distracting. Katherine’s skin looks odd in the cutscene. It doesn’t have the same quality as Nathan’s. That may be because of the saturated lighting and or the skin shader. I don’t know exactly but something’s off. Also, Katherine’s hair color and skin color almost blend into each other. Maybe a more contrasting hair color would have been a better choice to better frame her face as the focus point? Then there’s the necklace issue that someone else pointed out. It seems to pop out of nowhere. Other than that the voice acting, camera work, and animation are all superb as expected.

heatseeker said:

March 8th, 12:22 pm

JASON STATHAM!?

toontagger said:

March 8th, 12:25 pm

AMAZING!!!! THis and inFAMOUS 2 are my game of the years! Loving it.

One question: Will Cloe or Elena come back in this game?

king_of_kings said:

March 8th, 12:34 pm

The first guy that beats up drake looks a lot like jason statham lol…but omfg I want it already……is there going to be a collectors edition?????

TheGuardianFID said:

March 8th, 12:56 pm

FREAKING AWESOME!!! 8)

osricenpatt said:

March 8th, 1:04 pm

I can’t… I can’t… I can’t take this anymore, I’m so depressed… I’m not part of the game….

ThreeLeggedFreak said:

March 8th, 1:09 pm

I agree with #42 on putting Uncharted 1 and eventually 2 on PSN, I would probably double dip. Sony has been very lazy on that while XBL has a crapload of games on demand. Get on the ball Sony.

Two things:

1) Move support? If no, why not?
2) Co op, is it online AND offline? ND is my last hope that one of SCE’s internal team gets it. GG and Zipper obviously don’t.

Rambo_24 said:

March 8th, 1:17 pm

OHHHHH DAMMMM!!!!

HOLY CRAP!!!!

UNCHARTED 3 IS GOING TO LOOK SO AMAZINGLY SEXY!!!!

KARAMO said:

March 8th, 1:23 pm

I am really excited for this

PoInTyNiPs said:

March 8th, 1:45 pm

Wow so beautiful the lighting is way much better and now everything seamlessly runs smoother. This is weird but the thing that I always wanted in multiplayer was to customize your character’s appearance, every single detail from wrinkles to how clean or dirty the cloths can get something like that will set the bar and beyond any customization in any game. Please minimize the ping pong size bullets Uncharted Drake’s Fortune had it right so in Uncharted Drake’s Deception please minimize it or make it more real. Please have co-op offline split-screen if not please have it as DLC.

orenjikitty said:

March 8th, 1:48 pm

Thank you for the response! She looks a lot like Helen Mirren. Either way, I’m stoked for this game! I just pre-ordered it!

DION3TO said:

March 8th, 2:01 pm

I just can’t wait for this. I’m sure this is gonna be one of the best 2011’s best games around in the PS3.

Just gotta thank Naughty Dog and Sony for such game achievment in gaming industry!

explosive78 said:

March 8th, 2:33 pm

Story looks great already.

Detective-E said:

March 8th, 2:53 pm

I hope you extend this game for polish..

Detective-E said:

March 8th, 2:54 pm

also, the actress was on the titanic

frogdude22 said:

March 8th, 2:56 pm

Reviewers are going to create a new scale for this game …

Armstrong said:

March 8th, 2:58 pm

FUUUUUUUOMMMMGGGGG

destructo10 said:

March 8th, 2:58 pm

So much win. Naughty Dog needs to teach IG how to make sequels.

jveloz21 said:

March 8th, 3:14 pm

lol I said the same thing as ilikemonkeys. In certain parts of the cutscene (when he says oh cr**) Drakes face does look a little chubby

jveloz21 said:

March 8th, 3:18 pm

idk if anyone else feels the same way but the city just doesn’t feel like an Uncharted game. I hope they don’t spend too much time in the city cause I would like to see more of the desert and stuff.

Solid-Snake-Eyes said:

March 8th, 3:25 pm

Love the game, buying it, but all the art I’ve seen for U3 so far makes Drake’s face look a bit puffy and he has a big nose, to me it doesn’t look like the same person. Similar yeah but he just doesn’t look like Drake!

Kittonwy said:

March 8th, 3:51 pm

Awesome rawr. >:|

D-Squad3 said:

March 8th, 3:52 pm

Villainess FTW, I hope to see more!!!

theultimatenub said:

March 8th, 3:53 pm

I cannot wait to play this game its so amazing!

MadMeat001 said:

March 8th, 4:16 pm

Is that Jason Statam?

Icestar10 said:

March 8th, 4:16 pm

Looking good, I can’t wait!

darkdodie said:

March 8th, 4:23 pm

It’s Helen Mirren and Jason Statham!

ClassicSpyroFan said:

March 8th, 4:25 pm

Naughty dog has given the fans two of the things they wanted, a female antagonist, and Nate in tux. Good job so far, don’t let us down!!

OreoPoptart said:

March 8th, 4:51 pm

I’m get this game for sure.

Ama_Daoes said:

March 8th, 4:56 pm

I am so excited for what the Dogs are up to this time around. You better keep me posted Arne!!!!!lol

michaelochs said:

March 8th, 5:14 pm

OMG MOTHER FING G DID NOT SEE THIS COMING IT LOOKS SO FING EPIC MORE TRAILERS I CAN’T WAIT TILL NOVEMBER WELL…..THAT’S OVER SAYING IT I’LL BE PLAYING MSA,HOMEFRONT,SOCOM4,SOCERCEY,INFAMOUS2,MW3 IF IT EXISTS AND IF IT COMES OUT FIRST I’LL ADMIT SOMETHING I NEVER LIKED THE UNCHARTED GAMES UNTIL I PLAYED THEM THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO BE BAD BECAUSE IT WAS 3RD PERSON (HINT I WAS UBSESSED WITH COD BUT NOW I THINK IM STARING TO GO MORE TOWARDS 3RD PERSON SUCH AS UNCHARTED LOVE IT ,SOCOM,AND INFAMOUS 2 NEVER PLAYED 1 THOUGH OH AND SAME WITH ASSASSINS CREED BROTHERHOOD LIKED THE DEMO BUT NEVER PLAYED 1OR2 BUT YA THIS GAME IS IN MY MUST BUY LIST COMING AT NUMBER 1 THANKYOU NAUGHTYDOG AND PLEASE NEVER GO WITH MICROSOFT OR NINTENDO.

python1210 said:

March 8th, 5:47 pm

@139 Naughty Dog is owned by SCE so they will never work with Microsoft or Nintendo.

And I cant wait for this game! I would go to the midnight launch if it didnt come out during football season. And I will for sure get the collectors edition if you release one. Maybe even another PS3 if it comes with a cool U3 design.

Sephir007 said:

March 8th, 6:14 pm

I have U1, U2, and will have U3!, you guys are amazing, I will enjoy the 3D aspect, but I hope you put a configurable setting for depth, like GT5, so we can adjust it to our preference.

Madvillen said:

March 8th, 6:28 pm

Drake does look a bit fatter, like in the cheeks and mouth area lol. Its like the mouth area has deeper lines making his cheeks look puffy.

X_Chimer0s_X said:

March 8th, 6:49 pm

Apparently Sony thought they could be slick and sneak a 3D version of the first Uncharted 3 trailer onto the PlayStation Store without me noticing! I downloaded and watched it and it looks amazing. From what I can see they really did manage to make the game stay as sharp in 3D as it is in 2D. The few short glimpses of gameplay they show in 3D in the trailer looks incredible. I can’t wait. Hopefully when they start releasing some gameplay footage like they did for Uncharted 2 they’ll release some 3D versions of it on PSN. Either way, I can’t wait for this game – Midnight release for sure. I’ll be taking vacation the week this releases.

Soruichi_Kitty said:

March 8th, 6:50 pm

I also have Uncharted 1 and 2 (I’m currently beating 2 on crushing).It’s awesome how Uncharted Drake’s Fortune felt completely different than Among Thieves. Another new promising environment seems to be on its way. :)

bow7 said:

March 8th, 7:11 pm

The cutscene looks as great as ever. Marlowe reminded me a little of Dame Judi Dench as M. I think she has been the best and most memorable M. So needless to say I am even more excited about Uncharted 3 after seeing this.

Liquidus_Snake_ said:

March 8th, 7:31 pm

I know it’s probably hard to say, but – Visually speaking, how far along are you guys/gals? (a percentage, maybe?)
Not that I have any doubts, I’m just curious.
Naughty Dog’s eye-candy = Yum!

rockocp said:

March 8th, 7:43 pm

Someone build a time machine.. I want November 1 to come already.. Im so excited.

Impairing said:

March 8th, 7:45 pm

Naughty Dog just needs to keep doing what they’re doing. I love the women of this series and I honestly can’t say that for many other games. They know how to write and present them and I love that fact. They aren’t just objects to be oogled. :)

Now, like Steve Valentine mentioned in one of the behind the scenes, about this ‘Flynn’s Revenge’… ;D (Kidding, kidding. I just love the character.)

crowsticky1234 said:

March 8th, 8:02 pm

By seeing this video, Uncharted 3 is going to show alot of surprises that many would not expect. Seeing a lady as a antagonist is going to be a challenge for Nathan Drake or Victor Sully. It’s goin to be more dramatic than the predecessors. Can’t wait for further details.

hife said:

March 8th, 8:17 pm

Ooooooh, Naughty Dog. I love Guerrilla, Santa Monica and especially Sucker Punch, but you guys… how do you do the magic you do?

I can’t believe the audacity of David O. Russell, claiming there isn’t much story to Uncharted. Y’all should find some way to make a feature length cartoon, cgi or otherwise, in the vein of Eye of Indra.

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