It’s official. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is real and will be shown at Spike’s Video Game Awards this Saturday.
Announced by Geoff Keighley on his Twitter account, Entertainment Weekly has the story. Taking place in the desert, Nathan Drake will follow the footsteps of Sir Francis Drake and T.E. Lawrence. The same man of “Lawrence of Arabia” fame, Drake’s Deception will follow the history of the man during his British exploring days. It will feature incredible animation of organic elements, such as water, sand, and fire. It came out of an inspiration for Naughty Dog to push themselves as hard as possible. Why? Naughty Dog’s co-president Evan Wells said “[Because] We’re a bunch of nerds.”
The game will feature new innovation elements to the series, rather than a new skin on Among Thieves. Several new things, including enhanced backward climbing and the ability to fight multiple baddies at once, will be introduced to the series. Online elements will definitely play a major role in the new game, so cooperative and competitive multiplayer will be a major focus for the game. Wells said, “We want to be in the big boys, with Halo and Call of Duty.”
UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception features the return of famed fortune hunter Nathan Drake and follows him through a gripping, action-packed storyline that will take you all over the world. In his search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands,” Nathan Drake and longtime friend and mentor Victor Sullivan set off on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert. But when terrible secrets of this lost city are uncovered, their journey becomes a desperate bid for survival that will force him to confront his deepest fears.
Throughout UNCHARTED 3, you’ll be taken to spectacular new locations around the globe that will showcase all of the work we’ve taken on to take our physics, particle and visual effects to a new level. Competitive and co-op multiplayer will return as a key ingredient to the UNCHARTED 3 package, where all of the new features we have planned will combine with our signature single-player cinematic gameplay to create a unique action-adventure multiplayer experience that can only be found in the UNCHARTED universe.
Oh, and there’s one more thing – UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception fully supports high-resolution Stereoscopic 3D. Playstation.com
I just have finished reading CVG's analysis of the short teaser, and I was surprised that it's going to set in a region that's about 2,000 km away from me, Rub' al Khali. It's one of the largest deserts in the world, located in Saudi Arabia.
It's a logical transition from a cold snowy region to a hot deserted region. In fact, even before these rumors came around the internet, I expected the franchise to move into the desert. I was almost sure that my expectation was true after a co-founder of Naughty Dog, Evan Wells, said in an interview that his team is playing Red Dead Redemption. I said to myself, why are they doing so? the idea that came to my mind, is that they want to see how the desert was re-created in games by other development teams so that they create Uncharted 3's setting in a way that it comes in a superior form or at least doesn't go under the benchmark that has been set by RDR in creating a visually stunning desert.
Another wondering, could there be some survival elements this time? maybe. It would fit into the setting very-well, for example, you may need not to stay under the sun's light for a long time otherwise Nathan's health and abilities will be affected, so you need to find shadows from time to time.
A final wondering, could it be more open this time in terms of the setting? maybe, especially after Evan Wells stated that they have been inspired by GTA III in creating the project. In fact, if there are survival elements, then it would most likely feature a more open setting, since most of the survival ideas can't fit into a game unless it's an open-world regardless of whether it's a large or a small world.
For those who are interested, this is CVG's analysis:
Fans of the franchise and newcomers alike will relish the opportunity to catapult themselves headlong into a real adventure, in a search for the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands.” The journey propels fortune hunter Nathan Drake on a daring trek into the heart of the Arabian Desert, a journey that pits him and his mentor Victor Sullivan against the occult treachery of a shadowy clandestine organization and its ruthless leader. When the terrible secrets of this lost city are unearthed, Drake’s quest descends into a desperate bid for survival that strains the limits of his endurance and forces him to confront his deepest fears.
Bigger set pieces and more explosive adventure, driven by Naughty Dog’s signature storytelling and cinematic presentation. Competitive and co-op multiplayer return with brand new experiences and massively expanded feature sets. The UNCHARTED universe provides online players with a unique Action Adventure multiplayer experience, bringing the cinematic elements of the single-player campaign into multiplayer. Nathan Drake can now take on opponents in more ways than before: hand-to-hand combat with multiple opponents, contextual melee attacks, and new stealth options.
UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception also features expanded and diverse traversal moves with deep gunplay. Naughty Dog introduces new physics, visuals, and environmental effects.
UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception features new innovations in sand, fire, smoke, and water dynamics and effects. UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception will be playable in Stereoscopic 3D. With its award-winning storytelling, blockbuster cinematic action sequences, immersive high resolution 3D and stunning environmental detail and effects,
UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception is the chance to lose yourself in the world of Nathan Drake – and to experience the true power of PlayStation 3.
More Stealth, 3D Support, Clandestine organisations, remote locations and ancient secrets. Sony I am in first day!
I'm extremely worried about that last sentence, though. Uncharted is one of the best single player games there is. Uncharted 2 was successful, but having any slightest bit of storyline suffer because of online play...