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Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Modes Detailed, Beta Hits 6/28

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


Just a few days ago we hosted a large press event with editors from the US and Europe where we gave everyone a first taste of our expansive multiplayer mode in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. I’m sure you’ll easily find your way to the many articles that hit the net this morning if you want to check out an independent perspective of what was shown. Read on for our own rundown – we’ve got so much to share that I don’t even know where to start!

First off, Uncharted 3 multiplayer is a complete evolution from the initial foray we made into multiplayer with Uncharted 2. The leap forward in gameplay, technology — not the least of which is 3D stereoscopic support — and depth is nothing short of astounding, no joke. Our goal has always been to take the signature Uncharted gameplay and our penchant for awesome set-piece moments to serve as the key building blocks for creating a multiplayer experience like no other. We dipped our toe in with Uncharted 2. Now, with Uncharted 3, we’re diving in headfirst.

The Uncharted 3 Multiplayer trailer, which was JUST released today, is the best crash course on everything we’ve revealed about our competitive multiplayer modes — and more. Check it out below.

At the event we provided the assembled editors hands-on time with two of our multiplayer maps – The Airstrip and The Chateau. Both are great examples of the whole spectrum of map design and dynamic environments we’re aiming to have available in Uncharted 3.

The Chateau is a more traditional style arena map, with multiple levels to take advantage of our unique Uncharted traversal options — including ziplines. The Airstrip is a two-part map where the location and map layout actually changes in the middle of the match! The first part of the match takes place on a massive cargo plane being chased by trucks, with players jumping from truck to truck and between the cargo plane and the truck convoy. You can see some of this better in the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer trailer we released today. The second part of the match begins when the cargo plane is about to take off from the runway. After takeoff, the match changes locations for all players to the airstrip hangar area for a slightly more traditional multiplayer setting and layout. Just watch out for the fighter planes that will inevitably come in for a strafing run.

airstrip approach

We revealed two of our new competitive modes, along with the perennial favorite Team Deathmatch. One is Three Team Deathmatch, which is a small-team 2 vs. 2 vs. 2 variation on Team Deathmatch. The other is the oft-requested Free For All – with every player out for themselves. Over the months left until release – that’s about six-and-a-half months if you’re counting – we’ll detail all of our competitive modes.

As you’re looking to get into matches, we’ve made some updates to make it easier to get into games quicker, and with your friends. The first is Late Join, which is a staple of many online games and for good reason. It ensures that matches stay full, that you can get into matches faster and you can get into your friends matches faster if there’s a slot for you, instead of waiting for your friend to finish their current round. We’ve heard that many of you want to play with a friend on the same couch and we’re really proud to say that we were able to not only implement same-console split screen but you can log into two independent PSN IDs for most gametypes – the ones you can’t are to prevent unfair collusion between players.

Playing with friends and creating a team environment is extremely important for us and we’re trying to encourage this with the Buddy system. Each player will be partnered with a Buddy and you’ll be able to collectively share your successes throughout the match with each other. You can even pick up Treasures — more on that later — for your Buddy. The Buddy system also allows you to choose to spawn on your Buddy if they are safely out of combat so you can jump into the action together quicker. This is key since most of our game modes are all about team play and teams that stick together will do far better than teams who don’t.

chateau gas mask

New to Uncharted 3 multiplayer is character customization. Both heroes and villains skins will have a hundreds of customizable parts, from accessories to shirts and pants to a deep weapon customization feature. Even named characters, like Drake or Sully, will get plenty of options to make your character your own. Hand in hand with customization is our emblem editor. If you’ve worked with emblem editors in other games, you’ll be pretty familiar with the one we’ve implemented in Uncharted 3. Our emblem editor extends the level of customization of your online profile with hundreds of decals, three layers, rotate and scale functions – you’ll see your final emblem on your character and even possibly in the environment during matches.

Speaking of weapon customizations – it goes beyond the cosmetic. We have weapon mods that not only change the look of your weapon of choice, but they are functional too, adding precise scopes, bigger clips and more!

Boosters are back in Uncharted 3, but we didn’t just carry over the Booster selection from Uncharted 2. There are a few old favorites in there, but we’ve created what we feel is a more satisfying mix of old and new based on your feedback and selection patterns. We’ve extended the Booster system with a special subset of Paid Boosters, give you a one-time Booster that you spend some cash to have the option of using during a match. There’s still other ways to get minor advantages during a match. You have to option to select a specific Medal Kickback, which activate when you’ve racked up the required number of Medals for that specific Kickback. You can see this in the Multiplayer Trailer when the RPG Kickback is activated at 00:50 into the video. You’re taking a little chance when you select these, as some really choice Kickbacks require you to get a significant number of Medals before you can activate them.

airstrip crash

Those are a TON of customization options you can pick through and we know that you don’t want to be bogged down in menus in the limited time before the match begins trying to figure out which sets of customizations you want to slot for that match. We’ve introduced four slots to save specific loadouts — your starting rifle, starting sidearm, weapon customizations and mods, Boosters, and Kickbacks.

All of these customization and modifier options allowed us to extend our in-game reward system. No longer is everything tied to level gain or cash. During matches, you’ll have the opportunity to get items from treasure chests on the maps. You’ll also be able unlock a wide variety of items and modifiers through Missions. There are two types of Missions – some are instant missions and others, accessible from the Multiplayer menu, are more long term. Instant missions can appear in the middle of a match and provide a target that you can complete within a few matches tops. The Missions you select from the Multiplayer menu will take significantly more time, days of playtime possibly, and the rewards will be accordingly more significant.

A couple of things we’ve learned over the past year and a half of reviewing thousands upon thousands of Uncharted 2 matches is that it really sucks to be blown out on the way to losing a match and that winning or losing a tightly contested match by some kill made way off-screen is a bit of a letdown. We’ve thought of some ways to make these inevitable multiplayer moments a bit more exciting and satisfying. Power Plays activate when one team is way behind in the score count. They provide the team on top with an opportunity to maximize their cash for the match, while evening the odds a little for the team on the losing end of the equation and giving them the opportunity to close the gap a little.

airport jump

If matches are too close to call as they get close to the end, Overtime will activate, giving either time an opportunity to win the match by more than one point within a limited time. If the game is still too close to call, the match enters Sudden Death. Sudden Death is similar to Elimination – there are no respawns and the last player standing wins the match for their team.

We’ve also made it easier to share your passion for Uncharted 3 multiplayer with your real life friends and family through social media hooks we’ve added to the game. We’ve integrated Facebook into the game in a way unseen on a console game so far – way more than just sharing videos and photos, or updates to your Wall. USA Today has an exclusive look at our plans to bring social networks into Uncharted 3. Cinema mode has gotten a revamp allowing you to create clips from full matches and upload them directly to your own YouTube OR Facebook account (or both). We’re streaming a tightly curated list of awesome Uncharted videos created by you – our community – back into your multiplayer menu via Uncharted TV. We’ll have more details on all of the above over the next few days.

Oh yeah, and we have a brand new Sprint button. Don’t hate on it until you’ve had a chance to go hands on! We feel it works extremely well and, of course, we’ve built Uncharted 3 multiplayer to take into account that you can sprint.

chateau kick

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about competitive multiplayer, but what about co-op? Fear not, co-op is most definitely IN Uncharted 3 multiplayer and it too has been vastly expanded upon. We didn’t cover anything co-op related at our multiplayer event last week – everything and anything co-op will be revealed further down the line.

When can you get a crack at Uncharted 3 multiplayer? In just a couple of months – the Multiplayer Beta for Uncharted 3 begins WORLDWIDE on June 28, 2011, with early access for PlayStation Plus members or by purchasing specially marked copies of Infamous 2.

Stay tuned as that date draws near for more details!

Add Your Own

Arcadian_Rebel said:

April 18th, 11:21 am

This is amazing but ONE thing: there better be NO lag in the multi-player like there was in Uncharted 2! Thumbs up to get this noticed…

T-Jani said:

April 18th, 11:31 am

ND can you please put XMB status updates for this game to show what game modes your friends are playing. Cod blops and LBP2 has this feature and its very helpfull.


KingLazy93 said:

April 18th, 11:33 am

Holly crap I can’t wait!

Richard919 said:

April 18th, 11:34 am

awesome cant wait!

yazter said:

April 18th, 11:37 am

Arne, sorry about the “Free-For-All” questions. That damn sexy video distracted me.

Eurgh. I apologise.

spideyal said:

April 18th, 11:38 am

I’m pretty sure this could win GOTY if it was just a MP only game… not that you guys should get any ideas from what I just said! I can’t wait to play this, Single Player AND MP. Plus, it comes out on my birthday month and right after my HUGE “6-months-away-from-home-work-week”. So I get to sit back and enjoy my all-time favorite series in peace. :)

Can’t wait guys, looks fantastic.

meltron69 said:

April 18th, 11:41 am

Oh my God. This sounds so damn awesome. ND, your the best ps3-developers out there. Kudos!

Gotti_G10 said:

April 18th, 11:47 am



April 18th, 11:50 am

I can not wait you guys just always do better and better I an loving the online for this one already just keep up the good work with the game I have already pre-order my copy also will pay off on Friday so i will be ready to go on release. :) I AM VERY HAPPY FOR THIS GAME

Alman_Gadgets said:

April 18th, 11:50 am

Well, I’m really friggin excited. I was a U2 MP addict until the unnecessary updates did more good than bad. Anyway, this looks incredible. Also, surprisingly fitting song for that trailer.

This is the second time I’ve been completely pleased with being a PS Plus member now that I know I’ll be able to take part in the beta. First time was when I found out I was going to be able to download Stacking for free.

Destiny89 said:

April 18th, 11:53 am

way too good

Rene_Led said:

April 18th, 11:56 am

PS+ is just getting better with the coming time :D

Zezzler said:

April 18th, 11:56 am

About the dlc from uncharted 2. Will any of it work I the 3rd game? I would really like to be able to play using a chimera again :P everything about this game looks awesome btw. I can’t wait to play the beta!

bigdaddyjane said:

April 18th, 11:58 am

I hope they add more players to the co-op modes.

LJ94 said:

April 18th, 12:00 pm

This is amazing! Can not wait to play this. Everything in that trailer was jaw droping.

meltron69 said:

April 18th, 12:02 pm

You should also consider to integrate our uc2-level-rankings in some way. That would be fantastic too :D

dizeeStL said:

April 18th, 12:02 pm

it better have better hit detection then U2. putting a clip into someone and watching them turn around and 1 shot kill you is retarded and will ruin the game again

dkenair said:

April 18th, 12:18 pm

Wow…just wow. I can’t wrap my mind around how epic this game is…..I having trouble thinking about anything else right now….

shazbot-finubus said:

April 18th, 12:19 pm

That BGM is making me want to *something* everybody in the world…if only I knew what!

Butters360 said:

April 18th, 12:21 pm

BADASS trailer for GOTY UNCHARTED 3! Major props for using Skrillex in the trailer. Love that song. 2011 is THE year to be a PlayStation Plus user.

MavFan619 said:

April 18th, 12:22 pm

Two things, to the guy who said this is more of the same did you actually look at the video, I mean unless you wanted baseball mini games and random stuff you’re obviously missing out on how this is going to advance the UC multiplayer by a lot. Also the graphics are fine even without improving on UC2’s graphics (which of course UC3 will do) this game would look better than 99.9% better than everything else offered on console gaming. Stay free complainers and trolls.

D-Squad3 said:

April 18th, 12:22 pm

Cool they used Skrillex! Just like Mortal Kombat!

Maverick10 said:

April 18th, 12:24 pm

I can’t believe ND has added so many new things. Looks so amazing

Blkant said:

April 18th, 12:26 pm

If this is read, then please consider it, as it may sound crazy at first. Please allow the jeep from U:DF or jet ski to be incorporated onto at least one map on MP or co-op map for Uncharted 3. It just seems so natural and well fitting for the series.

rera121989 said:

April 18th, 12:28 pm

I Can’t Wait ;)

ckpotc said:

April 18th, 12:30 pm

It looks epic. Everything that I wanted is now in the game! I cannot wait!!!

jazzyrider said:

April 18th, 12:34 pm

So how does it open to the public on July 5? Anything special we need to do? I’m asking because I’m not a PS+ member and I don’t plan on getting Infamous 2 till later this year for my bday.

nYcFrEeWiLL82 said:

April 18th, 12:38 pm

All this new mulitplayer upgrades are cool but im more into CO-OP (2-4) multiplayer with the CAMPAIGN. THIS IS WHERE THEY WOULD CHANGE THE GAME. IMO Still a great game nonetheless looking forward to the beta when i get my Infamous 2 HERO EDITION..

SeanScythe said:

April 18th, 12:39 pm

I was all happy to hear about the custom Emblems but then I read “3 Layers”…..Why I was hoping we could edit and make our own much like we could do in COD. I used about 6 layers easy to get a sweet image. 3 layers are not enough, I say if you are going to do it then do it right with at least 10.

I know it’s asking for something small that isn’t important but it should be there or we will hear from reviews how you tried your hand at custom emblems much like black ops but it was very limited and didn’t offer creative people with many options.

Just please consider more layers to give us a chance to make some really awesome emblems.

MR_Hessla said:

April 18th, 12:39 pm

Drakes rock’n that Dub-step! lol

qwertyuiop357 said:

April 18th, 12:49 pm

Oh. My. God. THANK YOU NAUGHTY DOG!!!! YES!! I can’t wait until November!! So many amazing updates and additions. Please tell me Situational Awareness is gone… -__-

kivi95 said:

April 18th, 12:51 pm

16# hahaha please i can’t stop laughing. Seriously Gears Of War 3 looks great but this just plays in another lvl. GOW3 is not even close.

kivi95 said:

April 18th, 12:53 pm

123# No Uncharted series is not a co-op game story wise so no Naughty DOG.

Barnolde said:

April 18th, 1:00 pm

Drop “martyrdom” and drop “situational awareness” those are cheap. The former rewards players for dying, the latter is just silly.

Also, how about some presence data? I hate bugging my friends only to find they’re playing the single player. Killzone 3 has the same issue.

LilWayneSuckz said:

April 18th, 1:01 pm

OMGGGG!!! Amazing!

How are you guys so talented at what you do? I can’t believe how well you’ve acclimated to online gaming since Uncharted 1.

I love how easy it is to just hop into a game on Uncharted 2, and all the multiplayer modes available.

phatmercado said:

April 18th, 1:02 pm

Awesome video. I can’t wait for the finished game, but I’m glad the Beta is around the corner!

Custer134 said:

April 18th, 1:05 pm

When will the beta be out for playstation plus members?

because i am simply awestruck.
I am going to invent a time machine to fast forward to june 28th or even nov 1st.

ZERO_169 said:

April 18th, 1:08 pm

and here I was just sitting at the computer checking if there was anything worth looking at on this site since yesterday, and what do you know IT WAS ONLY THE BEST NEWS I HAD HEARD ALL DAY!!!

KarateChampChad said:

April 18th, 1:15 pm

Me –> 8^(_______) <– My jaw

I'm literally in awe at what UC3 has to offer here, this is truly amazing. Cannot wait, keep up the good work Naughty Dog :D

usedtoiletpaper said:

April 18th, 1:18 pm

Looks very very very very very very very very very very very very very cool.

angelspawn77 said:

April 18th, 1:32 pm

This looks and sounds amazing, can’t wait to play it!

hush404 said:

April 18th, 1:34 pm

Damn, SON. That got me excited for the multiplayer :D

PatriotEyez27 said:

April 18th, 1:37 pm

This made me go back to playing Uncharted 2 Among Thieves and boy I was having so much fun.

Can’t wait for the beta,going to play that until it ends THEN I’ll play inFAMOUS 2 :D

Zarxce said:

April 18th, 1:41 pm

Call of what? Battlewho? I know what I’m going to be playing mostly this year….

BlooodyCow said:

April 18th, 1:47 pm

I am a PlayStation Plus Member and I already paid out for the Hero Edition of InFAMOUS 2 :)

Capshot18 said:

April 18th, 1:53 pm

This just went from my most anticipated game of the year to, well, whatever is higher than that.
Mainly with the customization, it’ll help the game a lot.
And, @ 140-Same with me, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting into this beta.

eyesofreality03 said:

April 18th, 1:55 pm

I LOVE being a + member, but on topic… this is such an amazing improvement for the multiplayer. i cannot wait to hear more and eventually get my hands on the beta!

Hyperfludd said:

April 18th, 1:58 pm

Wow, this looks incredible! I applaud the work you guys have done so far, and cannot wait to hear about the co-op stuff. (REALLY, REALLY pumped for that!)

Will the beta codes appear in the Hero Collectors Edition of Infamous 2, or just the standalone games? I already have the CE pre-ordered, so I’d hate to miss out. (Though I do have PS Plus..but still, eh?)

IceSamurai said:

April 18th, 2:03 pm

This is the first time I’ve ever knew a song in a trailer, it feels great. Plus seeing Uncharted 3 MP is crazy, I can’t wait. I would say hand down the best part about this is the new on split screen offline MP, with the FIRST TIME EVER!!! multi accounts at one time. On a side note, I’ve never thought anything good about being Plus until now lol.

Playing on two accounts offline, can both players get Trophies (If MP had trophies)?

Tomm4118 said:

April 18th, 2:07 pm

I hope this will make and not break the game. I don’t want them to sacrifice anything that made the 2nd one an amazing game for a modified multi-player in the 3rd one.

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