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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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Skater_Ricky said:

March 8th, 9:17 pm


Clockwerk322 said:

March 8th, 9:50 pm

At the end…

“I merely want what’s mine!”…

Well guess what? I want Uncharted 3 NOW!!!…of course after I have my PS3 back from getting serviced…:(

Sky-Rocketed77 said:

March 8th, 11:36 pm

@Skater_Ricky how’d you do that man? lol

maddymad said:

March 9th, 5:04 am

Gosh! The graphics look insane! I have a total faith in Naughty dog!

Can’t wait to play another chapter of Nathan!

digitalman123 said:

March 9th, 5:23 am

Sweet stuffs. Will other characters from UC2 be in this, like Elena, Chloe, anyone else who didn’t die?
Will there be a beta soon? CE? Leaving me wanting more…

digitalman123 said:

March 9th, 5:31 am

Did anyone else notice one thug called Nate a “Yank”? Now we know we’re in England.
“Hm, I wonder what you really fear Drake?” she says, but if she played the second game, she’d’ve known CLOWNS.

Benj_8 said:

March 9th, 5:58 am

Forgive me if this has been pointed out alread – but seeing as the ring seems to be quite important to the story, there is one thing that puzzled me from UC2….

As I recall, Nate left the ring with Francis Drake’s skeleton in the first game, and then it mysteriously reappeared with no reference at the start of the second game?

Impairing said:

March 9th, 4:46 pm

@157 Elena brought it back to him at the end of the first game. :)

Enigma777 said:

March 9th, 8:05 pm

Dude, she totally looks like Helen Mirren!

TimeChildThe3rd said:

March 10th, 2:12 am

I absolutely love the Uncharted series but…I dunno…this new villain is just not intimidating at all..I mean drake could’ve [DELETED] her, taken her umbrella knife and shanked the [DELETED]…and is it me or does drake say “aww crap” all the freakin time XD. I have faith in ND though, Uncharted 2 was incredible so I know this one will be too.

HellMustFearMe said:

March 10th, 1:43 pm

I agree with a few of the comments on here that Nathan’s face does look quite a bit more chubby and the main antagonists hair is a bit too similar to the color of her skin. I hope they slim Drake down before the release of the game, seriously! He looks like he’s on his way to becoming Doughnut Drake, haha.

Looking forward to buying this game, though! I’ve beat Uncharted 1 and Uncharted 2 three times a piece and put hours into the online.

Astonmartin83 said:

March 10th, 1:46 pm


CHEG_BRG said:

March 10th, 2:37 pm

I’m so gonna buy this game, but PLEASE implement move support! PLEEEeeease!

Thrill_Kill said:

March 13th, 12:26 am

Please make sure to do the 3D properly upon release date. I’m tired of some games that have crosstalk when using 3D. Like Motorstorm 3D for example. Do it right like the intro to Killzone 3 is done, without any visible crosstalk and it will be a stellar game indeed! :)

Be sure to test your game out in 3D on the Panasonic Plasma 3D sets!

HellMustFearMe said:

March 13th, 8:40 am


If you add any supernatural creatures in the game, please do not make the characters act surprised as if they have never seen them before. Uncharted 2 made them seem like they didn’t JUST see Undead Spaniards in the last game.. They should be accustomed to this by now, haha.


Ma-e-toe said:

March 14th, 12:06 pm


kingmoses said:

March 14th, 5:25 pm

these games keep you on the edge of your seat. very exciting gameplay but i found the 1st and 2nd very easy !! hopefully you made this one a bit more difficult.

Negatype said:

March 18th, 7:16 pm

Katherine Marlowe looks [DELETED] delicious. I am so glad they finally got a female villain.

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