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As the demo ends and we gather our thoughts about the thrills we've just seen in front of us, Naughty Dog community manager, Arne Meyer, talks us through some of the things that will make up Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Chief of which will be the sand-based environments that Nathan will come across...
Above: We're keen to see just how realistic Naughty Dog can deliver their sand physics
The game will take place in the Rub' al Khali which is one of the largest expanses of sand deserts in the world. It's also linked heavily with the ancient Iram of the Pillars - a lost city buried somewhere below the grainy surface or an Atlantis of the Sands, if you will. As with Drake's Fortune (water) and Among Thieves (snow and ice) the trademark elemental physics of Uncharted 3 will focus on the perils of sand. Think blinding sandstorms, quick-sand and even icy cold nights under the stars. We'd also hazard a guess that the Iram of the Pillars will also house the mythical creatures that the series has become accustomed to.
Then there's the story itself, while it seems logical to suggest that we're going to get to know more about Sully this time around - what with him being heavily showcased in the trailers and footage - and Drake's past seems set to catch up with him too. We're hoping it will reveal the origins of his treasure hunting ways. Nathan's relation to Sir Francis Drake is set for another outing as his old relative had some link with Lawrence of Arabia. So expect to be following the once-trodden path of Wales' most celebrated traveller, T. E. Lawrence. We're also hoping for co-op play through the campaign too. Check out our What We Want To See feature for more.
Above: Victor 'Sully' Sullivan, arguably Uncharted's most mysterious man should be more prominent here
And that's all she wrote. We're obviously keen to get hands-on with Uncharted 3 and to maybe see some footage that doesn't involve the burning chateau but from what we've seen, it's on its way to greatness already. Of course, it's too early to call Uncharted 3 game of 2011 but seeing as Uncharted 2 is still talked about as setting the blueprint for other action games to follow, then it's certainly a forerunner. We'll have much more as soon as humanly possible.
February 21st 2011