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

Arne Meyer's Avatar Posted by Director of Communications, Naughty Dog


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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Craazy said:

March 8th, 9:01 am

Man this game just looks better and better!

nino1911 said:

March 8th, 9:03 am

im having a heart attack GEH >_<

electronicpart said:

March 8th, 9:04 am

wow when this is amazing

ilikemonkeys said:

March 8th, 9:06 am

Is it just me or does Drake’s face look a little bit chubby?

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    Arne Meyer said:

    March 8th, 9:54 am

    It’s just you :)

whitwhit said:

March 8th, 9:06 am

holy crap holy ($(#$* holy #*%#*%*%# i think i just splurged in my pants.


March 8th, 9:07 am

Concept Pic 3: “Hey, look again buddy. This is no camera, this is my little friend.”

icewave35 said:

March 8th, 9:07 am

It really is impossible for you guys to make bad game! :D This is yet another amazing looking game! I really hope i’ll get money for day 1 buy!

YungShep said:

March 8th, 9:08 am


Edd said:

March 8th, 9:08 am


orenjikitty said:

March 8th, 9:08 am

Doesnt she sound like Helen Mirin? Please tell me Nathan Drake will be kicking the woman who played Queen Elizabeth II’s ass in this game.

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    Arne Meyer said:

    March 8th, 9:56 am

    No, we’ve got a great British actress playing the part of Marlowe – Rosalind Ayres.

Cuf-Dodo said:

March 8th, 9:08 am

She look like Helen Mirren. Cant wait for the game

BigBoss712 said:

March 8th, 9:11 am

Looking good, more plz. =P

mahunoy said:

March 8th, 9:11 am

oh. em. gee!

LadyCroft75 said:

March 8th, 9:12 am


mywhitenoise said:

March 8th, 9:12 am


GibbShift said:

March 8th, 9:13 am

Drake’s quips never cease to make me laugh. Can’t wait to break Jason Statham’s jaw.

newsense2008 said:

March 8th, 9:13 am

Wow, the story so far is totally not what I imagined but I love it so far!

Revelboy said:

March 8th, 9:13 am

i just ***** in my pants!!! god naughty dog you guys are BEAST!!!!! <3

DaKingO said:

March 8th, 9:14 am

DAY ****ING ONE. Uncharted is one of the best series to come out this gen

DourelDMX said:

March 8th, 9:14 am

OMG!!! Naughty Dog PLEASE release this game!!! I NEED to stop these people ASAP!!! lol

guitarded77 said:

March 8th, 9:14 am

Wow… amazing. Naughty Dog is one of the best at bringing a true cinematic experience to games.

WFMMK said:

March 8th, 9:16 am

Too good. Please give Nathan an Arabian ally. Make us Arabs look good!

utopianacht said:

March 8th, 9:17 am

wow… @_@’

saintaqua said:

March 8th, 9:17 am

This looks amazing.
Glad to see a villainess. She seems scarier than the male antagonists because from them you knew to expect a punch or a gun fight. She seems so wicked.

The Wicked Witch reference was an awesome touch too. :)

Balargon said:

March 8th, 9:18 am

I would love to see the return of Eddy Raja. I bet that bastard is alive. =)

Xer0Signal said:

March 8th, 9:18 am

i think she looks more like Vanessa Redgrave.

also, look at the lighting in this scene. jesus christ, AMAZING.

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March 8th, 9:18 am


Inofensivo said:

March 8th, 9:19 am

Just Awsome waiting to Novemver

Looukas said:

March 8th, 9:19 am

Wow, didn’t expect anything like that. It’s amazing!


March 8th, 9:20 am

whts hers whts hers nooooooooo i want this damm game so bad woundr how much bttr there online will b

MaverickWerewolf said:

March 8th, 9:21 am

Oh my God, I’m TOTALLY FANGIRLING. This is wonderful. Everything about it. Especially Nate in his suit.
Here’s hoping he gets his ring back! D: I love his ring!

Also, may I ask who plays Katherine Marlowe? I’m really curious.

I’m still trying to get used to Nate’s new look. I still love him, but he looks so different to me. Ah, I’m sure I’ll get used to it once I get to play the game. :P

NoGodsOnlyMan said:

March 8th, 9:21 am

Day ZERO!!!
the ups truck better not pass close to my house, i will hijack it just for U3!!!!!

unbelievable how good it looks

Aktos1988 said:

March 8th, 9:22 am

Wow!! Its amazing! No words O_O Please guys say that this woman is Helen Mirren and that guy who kicked Drake is Jason Statham??? he is one of my favorite actor and now i hope he will be in my favorite game UNCHARTED!!! Sorry but i’m too excited :D

Go_Buddie_Go said:

March 8th, 9:23 am

Looks amazing!

vishifishi01 said:

March 8th, 9:23 am

the name’s drake. nathan drake.

MadmanV10 said:

March 8th, 9:24 am

Victor God-damned Sullivan. The Man. The Legend.

I just can’t get enough of this series. If Uncharted 3 is as good as the previous 2, then Sony has yet another AAA trilogy under its belt, bringing the total to…who can keep track anymore?

These games are some of the best I’ve ever played in my 20 or so years of gaming. Please keep the information coming.

IceReign said:

March 8th, 9:25 am

I saw the trailer and the first thing thought was is that Helen Mirren. Can’t wait for the game.

pitythefool852 said:

March 8th, 9:27 am

Well and truly psyched

By the way… what’s Arabic for RPG?

reson8er said:

March 8th, 9:30 am

Fantastic, as always ND! Please put this video up on the PS Store ASAP, I would love to see it in HD on my TV.

jwr718 said:

March 8th, 9:30 am

“… So people with 3D TV’s are gonna like what they saw…” -Colin from IGN

First time I’ve seen actual praise for 3D in games from someone outside of Sony. There’s usually the… uhhh it looks good, but I don’t think it’ll warrant me buying a 3D TV… But yeah keep up the great work! I’m looking forward to see how much more you have to announce over the next 8 months. I just want the game already!

pitythefool852 said:

March 8th, 9:32 am

Why have one Jason Statham when you can have a whole gang of him :)

DarkRecoil said:

March 8th, 9:32 am

Hey Arne,

Any chance of putting up Drake’s Fortune & Among Thives up on PSN for us late comers?

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    Arne Meyer said:

    March 8th, 10:03 am

    I don’t believe there’s plans to provide those games for digital distribution. But you can snag both games at an incredible price these days in just about any region.

phatmillips said:

March 8th, 9:33 am

Yup…that’s a 5.

Amazing, simply amazing.

Superstrokey1123 said:

March 8th, 9:40 am

So is it November yet?

The_Explodiest said:

March 8th, 9:41 am

So, I’m guessing she is supposed to be a descendant of the English playwright Christopher Marlowe (1565-1593). He would have been around the court around the same time that Sir Francis Drake was there. Marlowe was supposedly a spy for Queen Elizabeth’s secret service; he mostly would have tried to infiltrate and expose Catholic groups of the time. He also died when he was stabbed in the eye, allegedly by another government spy. Anyway, while kind of obvious, I think that the idea of a spy network dating back to Christopher Marlowe is a cool one for Naughty Dog to explore. I’m looking forward to hearing more.

Also, hurray for my English Major background that led me to these conclusions!

Destiny89 said:

March 8th, 9:41 am

cant wait!

SoAmped said:

March 8th, 9:44 am

This is just plain HOT! It will be one of those game that I will sit and try to play through in one sitting but then be so sad that I finished it. Nathan Drake is yummy!

Swiftmotionz said:

March 8th, 9:46 am

can’t wait, female villains are always better

Sindred said:

March 8th, 9:49 am

Killzone 3’s last two hours of campaign blew my mind in 3D. I can’t even imagine what this will look like.

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March 8th, 9:49 am


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