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Uncharted 3 multiplayer goes free-to-play

Uncharted 3's robust online multiplayer is going free-to-play. Naughty Dog today announced that anyone with a PS3 will be able to download the client and play through their first 15 levels for free, with plenty of paid unlocks available for those who decide to stick around.

"One of the problems with multiplayer is its very high barrier to entry," Uncharted 3 game director Justin Richmond told us. "You have to plunk down a bunch of money for a game you may never like."

Naughty Dog elected to throw open the doors to its competitive and cooperative multiplayer experience as a gateway to Uncharted 3--free players can easily purchase a digital upgrade to its Game of the Year edition, unlocking all the content paid players are used to. If they're not ready to go that far, fortune hunters can snag individual purchases like cosmetic items or increased level caps a la carte, and all their experience past the cap will be saved--just not accessible.

The new broken-out multiplayer experience will integrate with the full game's current player base, and should be a good shot in the arm to its active community. We asked if Naughty Dog might make this a standard option for its multiplayer games moving forward--such as The Last of Us.

"In the future, is this something we'll continue doing?" Richmond asked. "Hopefully, if people like it."

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7 comments

  • CrashmanX - March 2, 2013 12:31 a.m.

    This... this might not be bad for console gamers. I think more F2P games on Consoles could be a very good thing.
  • Z-man427 - February 26, 2013 10:17 a.m.

    I don't understand the Free-to-Play model. Maybe because I don't do multiplayer. But isn't that how it used to be until micro-transactions became the norm? Why should we have to pay extra for features that we already payed for?
  • Bloodstorm - February 26, 2013 11:02 a.m.

    Free-to-play means that the multiplayer will be independent from the game, and a free download. Essentially, you will be able to play Uncharted 3's multiplayer without buying Uncharted 3.
  • Z-man427 - February 26, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    Ah okay. That makes sense. But why skip the single-player campaign?
  • Bloodstorm - February 26, 2013 12:58 p.m.

    I think the idea is to drum up some more attention to the game. Both revitalize the multiplayer with new players, and draw in some that might have avoided this series so far, and hope they enjoy it and then purchase the complete game.
  • PatHan-bHai - February 27, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    this is bizwax my friend :)
  • blackbeltbap15 - February 27, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    free-to-play games normally have no single player because its harder to make microtransactions for single player, or at least thats why i think F2P normally dont have single player

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