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UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Goes Free-to-Play Today

Eric Monacelli's Avatar + Posted by Eric Monacelli on Feb 26, 2013 // Community Strategist, Naughty Dog

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After a few months of dropping hints our secret is ready to be made public. We are extremely fortunate to have some of the most devoted and amazing fans in gaming and we wanted to introduce those fans, and the world of UNCHARTED 3 multiplayer, to as many people as possible. We also wanted everyone who plays our multiplayer game to engage with it in a way that best suits their own unique play styles. So, it’s time to go big and grow our community even more. With that, we’re thrilled to announce that UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Multiplayer is going Free-to-Play!

To date, more than 3.5 million people have played in over 37 million matches of UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Multiplayer. All Free-to-Play players will become a part of this same player pool of over a half a million passionate players actively playing our game every month. So if you haven’t tried yet, you have no excuse to not be playing one of the most exciting multiplayer experiences on the PS3 — it’s free! Join the adventure starting today.

Once you download the Free-to-Play game from the PS Store you can hop online and play for as long as you want, as much as you want, up to Level 15. Upon reaching Level 15, you’re welcome to continue to play as long as you want without paying a penny more. We’ll continue to track your earned experience points as you play, although you won’t be able to unlock or access them. However should you choose to unlock the level cap, we’ll retroactively apply those achievements to your profile and we’ll continue to allow you to build up your profile right from where the Level 15 cap stops you. Although if you choose not unlock the level cap or purchase anything you’ll be missing out on a slew of cool in-game items and downloadable content we have made for the game to date. Here’s a rundown of what you can unlock:

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  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Co-op Adventure Add On – Unlocks Co-Op Adventure mode including the Fort Adventure DLC
  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Co-op Arena Add On – Unlocks to gain access to the Co-Op Arena Playlist including the Co-Op Shade Survival Mode DLC for UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Free to Play
  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Competitive MP (No Level Limit) – Removes the level cap for UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Free to Play
  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Competitive MP (Level 25 Limit) – Removes the Level 15 cap and allows you to play UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Free to Play up to Level 25
  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Split Screen Add On – Unlocks Co-Op Adventure mode including the Fort Adventure DLC
  • UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer DLC Map Packs – Unlocks all three DLC map packs released for UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception. Includes Flashback Map Pack 1, Flashback Map Pack 2, and Drake’s Deception Map Pack
  • UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Single Player Experience – Uncover the Truth. Unlock the Single Player campaign

If you really enjoy UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Free to Play and are looking for the full UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception experience, the best deal is to pick up the UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Game of the Year Edition from the in-game store, which also launches today for $39.99. This digital version of the UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Game of the Year Edition includes all 12 DLC maps, all Co-Op multiplayer modes, and over 40 character skins. Purchase the digital version of the UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Game of the Year and essentially you’re getting the single-player game for free!

If you already own UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception and you are a long time multiplayer participant, we gave you some very special gifts as a way of saying thank you. Next time you log in online you’ll see a custom Naughty Dog Paw on your rank icon and you’ll receive the Naughty Dog Paw shirt for your custom characters.

Also, to celebrate the launch of UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Multiplayer Free-to-Play we’re getting more colorful. Every character item and every character skin in multiplayer will now have more color options. These new color options are completely free.

During the coming months, more than 40 additional DLC items will be made available. Every DLC drop will have a theme and we’ll be unveiling that content here on PlayStation.Blog, over on the Naughty Dog Blog, and on our Free-to-Play webpage.

Patch 1.17 was also released recently. It includes some big changes you can read about over on the Naughty Dog Blog. For instance, we’ve added another tier to our Tournament. It’s the Platinum level and we have some very cool permanent Platinum level prizes for people who achieve this prestigious level.

We can’t wait to welcome all the new players into our community. Happy Fortune hunting! See you online!

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+ VVaspInatoR on February 26th, 2013 at 9:03 am said:

Now i can finally get that platinum! :) Sawwweet


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 26th, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

    Best of luck! Own it!


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+ PlatinumAura on February 26th, 2013 at 9:05 am said:

hmmm I might finally pickup uncharted now that all 3 are psn. Something new for me to look into. Always wanted to give it a go!


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 26th, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

    Awesome! You’re going to love it.


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+ Killthee on February 26th, 2013 at 9:06 am said:

Can I migrate to the F2P version if I bought the retail version and redeemed my online pass? Or will I have to buy the F2P add ons if I want the retail experience when playing the F2P version?


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 26th, 2013 at 1:57 pm said:

    The free-to-play is free. The other add-ons will be available for purchase.


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+ ZaGe-zAiKaNo on February 26th, 2013 at 9:06 am said:

Had this since day 1. Love UNCHARTED. Loved the MP. Nice to see this, goes well with the Promotion.

And if you haven’t tried UC. What better way to buy the bundle on the PSN store & UC3 along with some cash back ^_^


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+ IIL0YDII on February 26th, 2013 at 9:07 am said:

Yes make something I’ve paid for free,good motivation for me to spend money in your store.


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+ zahirani on February 26th, 2013 at 9:07 am said:

too much games… not enough time to play!!!


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+ Hyperfludd on February 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

Can owners of Uncharted 3 (With Pass) on disc download the F2P Multiplayer portion and play as normal without having to use the disc? It’s probably complicated so I’m expecting the answer to be no, but feel free to surprise me..please!


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 26th, 2013 at 1:58 pm said:

    You’ll need the disc. We’ll have an FAQ up soon. Check over on Naughtydog.com


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+ remanutd5 on February 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

you know what game should be free to play or at least bring it to playstation plus so people can enjoy its great online multiplayer? Resistance 3


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+ Zookey on February 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am said:

What abput those of us with disc copies? I bought Uncharted 3 Collector’s Edition when.it.came out and wpuld still like to.have the multiplayer client on my PS3 HDD so.I don’t have to.pop.in the disc every time. Will I be level capped at 15 until I pay 20 more bucks?


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+ RemarkableRyan on February 26th, 2013 at 9:09 am said:

Will this PSN version still have the same game breaking bug? Returned the game after a week because I couldn’t load my game, EVER.


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+ VVaspInatoR on February 26th, 2013 at 9:11 am said:

Yea.. i just want the online trophies without spending 9.99 for 15 minutes of gameplay, personally not a fan of MP tho the coop is great. Hopefully they just make the online pass free DL for people with disc then add a seperate online DL for people without. Anywho hoping this will let me get them two pesky online trophies.


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+ poodude on February 26th, 2013 at 9:12 am said:

“you know what game should be free to play or at least bring it to playstation plus so people can enjoy its great online multiplayer? Resistance 3″

Agreed.


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+ x_Lava_x on February 26th, 2013 at 9:18 am said:

Are there any more maps or DLC coming to the Fortune Hunters club? I feel like we haven’t gotten all the maps we were told we would but I could be wrong…


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 26th, 2013 at 1:59 pm said:

    The Fortune Hunter’s Club ended and all maps promised were delivered.


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+ ZANIACK on February 26th, 2013 at 9:20 am said:

Uncharted 3 GOTY Edition is practically a broken version of the game.
http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/UNCHARTED-3-Drake-s-Deception/GOTY-edition-is-plagued-with-game-breaking-glitches-single/td-p/38656707


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+ snakeeyes211 on February 26th, 2013 at 9:21 am said:

I only the game of the year edition and I still have my original uncharted3 when it came out as well. if I give it to my cousin will he be able to play online?


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+ StealthReborn– on February 26th, 2013 at 9:21 am said:

I’ll be picking up the entire game today!

How big is the file? It’s so I’ll know how much space to clear up on my HDD

Thanks! =)


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+ snakeeyes211 on February 26th, 2013 at 9:24 am said:

I love uncharted! :-)


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+ STONECOLDCHARLIE on February 26th, 2013 at 9:30 am said:

were is Nascar the Game inside line we need to race come on Sony


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+ TwinDad on February 26th, 2013 at 9:31 am said:

No thank you.

Free is good, but I don’t care for shooters or multiplayer. I played it a few times with some friends and I wasn’t feeling the excitement they did.


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+ OneMoreVillain on February 26th, 2013 at 9:31 am said:

File sizes and prices would be appreciated.


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+ Squiggle55 on February 26th, 2013 at 9:33 am said:

Thank you very much. I like this business model actually. Play it for free, pay if you like it. Not microtransactions, but a one time fee to unlock the level cap. Interested to see how much unlocking the level cap will be.


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+ infamousXX87XX on February 26th, 2013 at 9:35 am said:

What happens if I bought UC3 at launch and have a character who is at prestige 3 but later traded it in? Would I still be able to pull up my profile and resume as normal?


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+ KingTygerVII on February 26th, 2013 at 9:38 am said:

Never cared for the Uncharted s Series, but Free to play this is not, this is just a Free Extended Trial, play the game, reach the cap, stop playing, why? because whats the point, everyone who bought it or has it, will have better weapons, better suit, better items, this is why this is why this is a free extended Trial, you get a taste, some games are free to play with a cash shop but dont be level capping us, you can keep a few exclusive weapons for those who pay, like in DC Universe, you can play the whole game, only buy DLC or a member ship, but its actually free to play, you unlock all items that are in the main game, if you want rare ones you buy them if you want… so please dont call this free to play, you are free to try it till you reach 15, and you are free to keep playing it while at lvl 15 forever…. unless you pay.


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+ cri_s on February 26th, 2013 at 9:38 am said:

sold my Uncharteds. gonna get them again only when the 3 games come out in a bundle. great games, though,


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+ ZANIACK on February 26th, 2013 at 9:41 am said:

I implore anyone to not get the GOTY Edition, the campaign in that version is literally unprogressable.


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+ Hayterfan on February 26th, 2013 at 9:44 am said:

So how much will the Uncharted 3 single player be by itself, also how big will it be?


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+ YungShep on February 26th, 2013 at 9:45 am said:

this is great post-release support. even after the ps4 reveal. Naughty Dog is amazing


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 26th, 2013 at 2:00 pm said:

    Thanks! We appreciate your support.


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+ jonjon0890 on February 26th, 2013 at 9:53 am said:

im hoping that uncharted 3 goty download size will be close 2 the file size of uncharted 2


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+ Psicocrusher on February 26th, 2013 at 9:58 am said:

Now I understand why you added hundreds of micro DLCs, I’m not happy about this news but it’s your game and you can do with this whatever you want.


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+ PainOfSarrow on February 26th, 2013 at 10:01 am said:

pretty damnnn kool nice job naughty dog. i really dont care about multy player games but this is free for all and 3RD personnn View, thank godddd. il Gladly Accept it.


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+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on February 26th, 2013 at 10:02 am said:

@22…seriously you expected it to be completely free?..lmao This is not so bad..it invites those who are not financially fortunate to but the entire game and still be able to enjoy the online version. Yes it will be a serious challenge for them to challenge those whom are at a seriously high level cap..but im sure that there will be a server just for their ranks.You gotta give NAUGHTY DOG some credit for making this happen..and introducing the continuous UNCHARTED ONLINE fun to to everyone!


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+ ChaseHammerJ on February 26th, 2013 at 10:14 am said:

Um, No.

Amazon has the entire game brand new for under $20 and the GOTY for under $30.

lol buying UC3 used and buy the online pass is probably cheaper. This is why online pass is killing multiplayer. Not enough people playing on the servers and the people that did buy it new get frustrated that no one plays then the pub/dev has to resort to things like this to keep it alive.


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+ ein_nineteenth on February 26th, 2013 at 10:15 am said:

Pffftahahahahaha.

Uncharted : Hat Fortress


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+ ThaWatchman on February 26th, 2013 at 10:18 am said:

Any chance that those of us that have the disc version will be able to download the MP from PSN store and be able to play without buying the map, level unlock, and so forth. I play the MP everyday and not that i am lazy but it would be more convenient to be able to just go to the digital version rather than popping in the disc everytime. So if you really wanted to show the love this feature would be fully unlocked to those of us that have there since launch.


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+ Ryumoau on February 26th, 2013 at 10:21 am said:

i guess i’ll give it a try since its free.


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+ torib98 on February 26th, 2013 at 10:24 am said:

Can somebody help me out ? I search for it on the free-to-play section but couldn’t find it .


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+ Draco416 on February 26th, 2013 at 10:28 am said:

@36 The PS Store doesn’t update until the evening.

Had this game from day 1, still just as awesome!


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+ ZaGe-zAiKaNo on February 26th, 2013 at 10:29 am said:

@torib98: The Free MP should be available after the store updates.


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+ MaestroX on February 26th, 2013 at 10:31 am said:

I’d drop the $40 right now if I knew I could play it on PlayStation 4.


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+ usaofamerica on February 26th, 2013 at 10:32 am said:

AWESOME , WAITING TO SEE UNCHARTED 4!


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+ RE_Player on February 26th, 2013 at 10:32 am said:

The new influx of players will make me get back in. I bought this day 1 with the fortune hunter pass thing but only ended up playing it for the first month or two.


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+ swavage415 on February 26th, 2013 at 10:43 am said:

I didn’t buy the game because the game put aim asisstg ala call of doody into the game which is a deal breaker for me so i just borrowed it from my brother even though uncharted 2 was one of my favorite games ever. The constant tinkering to games multiplayer on uncharted 2 led me to stop playing that game as well. SO does this game have any aim assist for any weapons? I guess i will soon find out and if it does i will most certainly not buy the goty even if it were 10 dollars.


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+ LordZwan on February 26th, 2013 at 10:52 am said:

Great news!! But I have a question…

If I buy a second-hand U3 GOTY (without online pass or pass already used), am I still able to play the multiplayer with the bonus $ and all that? because it F2P now, right? so, no more OnlinePass in order to play U3?

(is too hard to find psn cards in my local address, so I can not buy a online pass)

ty so much!!


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    + Eric Monacelli on February 26th, 2013 at 2:01 pm said:

    The Free-to-Play and disc versions are different skus. If you have a disc you’ll still need an online pass to play.


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+ ZaGe-zAiKaNo on February 26th, 2013 at 11:04 am said:

@LordZwan: I’m not 100% sure but, yes & no. The MP will no longer require an online pass – but, you’re only limited to rank 15. It very well says in the description.

“Once you download the Free-to-Play game from the PS Store you can hop online and play for as long as you want, as much as you want, up to Level 15. Upon reaching Level 15, you’re welcome to continue to play as long as you want without paying a penny more.”

If you want to keep on ranking up & enjoy the other stuff, than i think, that’s where you have to purchase the other DLC’s.


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+ Heavenly_king on February 26th, 2013 at 11:04 am said:

it would be awesome if other first party titles were downloadable like GOW3 and Ascension. Please Sony you can do it!!! XD


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+ Heavenly_king on February 26th, 2013 at 11:09 am said:

@39: I bet that the most successful PS3 games available at the PS store will have emulation very soon after the arrival of the PS4. That is why I buy most of my PS3 games from the store, because eventually I will be able to play them all on the PS4. And that is why I buy all my VITA games digitally so that when the next handheld arrives, I will be able to play the games I already bought.

I will buy the Uncharted 3 normal edition, even though I have the retail version of the game, because eventually I will be able to play the games on the PS4!! WOHOO!! XD


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+ torib98 on February 26th, 2013 at 11:13 am said:

gr8 thanks !


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+ SeekAndDestroy80 on February 26th, 2013 at 11:16 am said:

They ruined the MP in Uncharted 3 by trying to add to much junk (like kickbacks for example)..I still rather Uncharted 2 MP. And continue to play uncharted 2 MP..Its my fav game of all time :)


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+ Welmosca on February 26th, 2013 at 11:32 am said:

Oh good move….UC3 MP is a pure shame….the biggest disappointment ever for a UC fan like me….UC2 has the best MP ever created…and you guys spoiled the whole thing on UC3.A thing so bad like UC3 MP…only for free.At least the SP is superb and it was worth the money.


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+ Welmosca on February 26th, 2013 at 11:35 am said:

@ 48 SeekAndDestroy80 – Oh couldn’t have said better myself…….I still play UC2 nowadays too…its the best game ever and the best MP ever….but you know it was the team of TLoU.Thats why UC3 isn’t in the same quality lvl.


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