Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - First trailer, images, story and gameplay details are in!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to be able to announce your megaton for the day. Uncharted 3. Yeah, exactly.

We have the title, we have the setting, we have story points, we have gameplay details, we have images and we have a trailer. Want any of those? Well here we go...

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (close, but no cigar, those who suspected "World of Deceit" as the subtitle) does indeed, as many suspected, involve a lot of sand. Drake is on his way to the desert of Rub’ al Khali Desert on the Arabian Peninsular this time around, in search of a legendary lost city. A purportedly real one. This one, to be exact.

Above: Note the heavy references to Lawrence and Sully. You can bet that dagger is a major plot point too

It won't all be sand and buzzards though. Entertainment Weekly (who have been to Naughty Dog HQ to check U3 out) have already seen some of the series' trademark kinetic platforming through crumbling, shifting environments, and have reported a decidedly non-desert location. It looks then, that this will be another Uncharted 2-style globe-trotting adventure, with Drake and co. taking a winding journey to their ultimate location.

And speaking of that co., it seems that Sully will be making a big reappearance following what was largely a no-show in Uncharted 2. The story this time will deal heavily with Drake's relationship with the smooth old moustachioed cigar-chomper, as well as revelations regarding Nath's own identity (Sully is Drake's dad? Place bets now!), and plenty of deception both by and in the direction of gaming's biggest treasure-hunting man-crush target.

Above: Your new-look dusty Drake

As for the obligatory blurring of fiction and historical fact, Uncharted 3 will draw upon the experiences of T.E. 'Lawrence of Arabia' Lawrence, riffing on his early days as an archeologist. Consider him Nath's new sandy historical hero, in replacement of Sir. Francis Drake. Also, expect to be blown away by the game's look in the same way that you were when you first trudged through Uncharted 2's snow, all teary-eyed with joy at the wonder of it all. Apparently the decision to go to the desert came from Naughty Dog's masochistically self-challenging nature. Says Creative Director Ann Hennig:

 “When we first came up with the idea of sand, you see everyone’s eyes light up here and go, ‘Yeah, that’s going to be really hard — let’s do it!’”

Above: Desert. It's well-sandy. We suspect this to be production art, but expect U3 to fully live up to it

We rather suspect this will be no mere slab of brown and orange polygons. If fact a showboating "Look what we can do!" sandstorm scene is almost guarranteed. Will It be as mind-blowing a technological leap from Uncharted 2 as Uncharted 2 was from Uncharted? We wouldn't bet against it.

Other details? The gameplay tweaks detailed so far include improved climbing and better combat against multiple enemies (given the joy that was Uncharted 2's ultra-fluid gun, melee and environmental system, this is bloody exciting indeed). And the release date? Late 2011. Naughty Dog won't be drawn on anything more specific than that at the moment, but this has Christmas depth-charge written all over it. Don't be surprised if we get an official date at the Spike TV Video Game Awards on Saturday, when Uncharted 3 will be more fully revealed.

Pumped? We're pumped. You pumped too? Yeah? How pumped?

Dec. 9th, 2010




  • shyfonzie - December 20, 2010 7:04 a.m.

    So Drake supports Palestine?
  • thefreakysurgeon - December 13, 2010 5:47 p.m.

    Oh, man i'm pumped as HELL! Can't wait! @Felix you're just mad cuz you don't have a ps3
  • Deckard5627 - December 13, 2010 10:38 a.m.

    I want it now!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Aletheon - December 12, 2010 4:41 a.m.

    U2 was godly. U3 will be divine. Thanks, PS3.
  • DriveShaft - December 10, 2010 1:05 a.m.

    uncharted, the only games I have anticipated for over a year each and NEVER been disappointed
  • sed598 - December 10, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    @manguy17 I know right it would be freking amazing
  • lovinmyps3 - December 9, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    The sequel to one of the best games of all time! I am so excited! With this and the possibility of Mass Effect [insert subtitle here] I'm going to have to watch the VGAs. Plus Neil Patrick Harris is hosting, so there's that.
  • D0CCON - December 9, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Nice, my favorite PS3 exclusive is getting another game. Maybe I can brush the dust off of the ol' PS3 now.
  • NinjaJamez - December 9, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    FUCKING AWESOME !!! cant wait to get more details
  • Flashinthepan - December 9, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    @Hambugers You've obviously never played Uncharted, or you would know that it is a third person shooter, not first person. Agreed, I am biased due to my Uncharted fanboy nature and my love for the system that does everything but play PC and Xbox games, but those who don't know and can't appreciate the actual beauty of this series just shouldn't waste their time reading the article, and writing about it. That being said, I'm going to create a time warp to bring me to Christmas 2011 so I can get Uncharted 3.
  • Turboash - December 9, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    Uncharted 2: the most over rated game in history. F that game, and F this one too.
  • santaclouse37 - December 9, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    Yes. Everything. Oh gooooooooooooood yes. I want to print this article out, liquefy the paper into mushy pulp, and then rub that all over my body.
  • Yaro - December 9, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    I believer it's Amy Hennig. :P Other than that, great news indeed, I totally love the GODDAMN Sully. =3
  • Hamburgers - December 9, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    Yay now Uncharted gets to have some brown and blooman in the middle east just like every other generic war FPS this generation...
  • Onedown - December 9, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    *rendered speechless*
  • NightCrawler_358 - December 9, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    PS3 is just getting better and better. This will be game of the year for sure, no matter what year. So happy, although I hope there is many more locations than just a desert, because I'd like to go to places like a crowded city like tokyo, or something never seen before! I also hope they don't run out of epic scenes, its hard to imagine more after they had so many in Uncharted 2. Awesome.
  • donutman7 - December 9, 2010 8:41 p.m.

    I love how the first one was red, the second was blue for snow, and now the third is yellow for sand.
  • Xobi - December 9, 2010 8:20 p.m.

  • GiLLies180 - December 9, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    Uncharted 3 vs Spec Ops: The Line:: The Great Sand Battle of 2011! As you can tell from my avatar, I love this series.
  • CitizenWolfie - December 9, 2010 7 p.m.

    It seems pretty much every game these days is set in the Middle East or the desert. I was sort of hoping for something a bit more inspiring from U3. That said, I loved the first two and I imagine this will be just as good if not better.

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