Uncharted 3’s fire effects set to do for virtual flames what King Kong did for men in monkey suits

Nathan Drake has always been partial to a pretty particle effect. In his first adventure, it was all about gorgeous water and alluring wet man nipples. In the second, it was Nepal’s real purdy lookin’ snow and ice. And now, for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Naughty Dog is turning its collective programming ninjutsu to sophisticated fire… which we can only guess you have to wine and dine before it burns your face off. Boy howdy, we’re a bunch of kidders, ain’t we?

In an interview with PlayStation Blog Arne Meyer, Community Strategist at Naughty Dog, discussed the witchcraft-esque tech that’s going into the game’s effects. “We’re really happy with what we’re achieving with our fire effects. It’s not just a static asset – the fire deteriorates the wood realistically and there are blowback effects, like you would expect. The smoke is looking much better this time around” he said.

Above: <sigh> Hot stuff, coming through. Sorry, sorry. We had to

Apparently, the chateau demo which was unveiled a month or so ago will actually burn to the ground around Nate if you just sit on your inquisitive ass and do nothing. “You could sit down and watch the chateau burn around you, if you sit there long enough; however, we want the player to proceed through the game at a decent pace so that’s not going to happen” Arne remarked.

He continued: “Even in this demo, you can see beams deteriorating as they burn, and you can even take cover behind them when they give way and fall to the floor, only for that cover to disappear when the beam has burned away completely.”

Above: The fire might think it's all that, but personally we're more hot for some three man fisticuff action

Just like all those worryingly sentient household appliances in The Brave Little Toaster, Deception’s burny stuff will seemingly have a mind of its own. Meyer elaborated: “… it produces some brilliant effects, like the corners of the wallpaper starting to roll and then igniting, and then the embers flickering in the air. Essentially, we’re programming oxygen and then having the fire follow it around the environment.”

Admittedly, we added the King Kong comparison. And on that note, you should definitely see the 1976 version of the royal gorilla’s adventure. It’s 27% less shit than you probably think.

Above: Plus, it's the only version with a beardy Jeff Bridges (sadly, not pictured)

So just how excited are you about Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception? Do you think it can be THE game of 2011, even in a year with Batman: Arkham City and Mass Effect 3?

Source:PlayStation Blog

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  • mrmorozov987 - February 9, 2011 3:36 a.m.

    It's just a shame that most of these awesome effects, like the embers singing the edge of the wallpaper, or going to be for nothing on my SDTV. Still looking forward to the sequel to one of the best games of all time.
  • grayguwapo - February 9, 2011 3:16 a.m.

    Programming air so fire can really play realism is awesome so I can't wait for this... It's possible that it's only a segment of the game that will have this but we have to consider sand and how air / oxygen will play part with that also... GOTY? A possible yes, as long as they keep things intact and don't overdo it... but I have faith in ND and how they're planning UDD3... this has been a great series and I'm sure they'll want to keep it that way... with AC releasing within the year as well, it's gonna be tough so we'll just have to see... I'm betting 2 GOTY versions can be produced a few months after...
  • Gameguy94 - February 9, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    Our wallets are gonna hate us this year. =(
  • chiz - February 9, 2011 12:32 a.m.

    wow I can't wait to see how impressive these flames really are
  • KielbasaNinja - February 9, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    I feel sorry for anyone that is backing a game other than this to take GOTY. That includes the GR staff for their great debacle of '09. Yes, Batman: AA is brilliant, but it's not even in the same league as U2. To be fair, few games in this console generation are. Apologies in advance for any fanboy/troll rage this comment spawns.
  • ninjaemperor - February 8, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    This will almost certainly be my GOTY, the second is one of my favorite games ever.
  • Darkshine34 - February 8, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    It sucks that all of these great looking games aren't going get game of the year because of Skyrim.
  • DriveShaft - February 8, 2011 6:44 p.m.

    Oh God how do they manage to make this game so incredibly awesome? And we still have 9 months of waiting - I can't wait to see what other new features it has. Naughty Dog is always outdoing itself
  • paganpoet - February 8, 2011 6:09 p.m.

    Were there wet man nipples that I missed in Uncharted? btw, why was my first recaptcha in Greek?
  • NanoElite666 - February 8, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    Wow, a Brave Little Toaster reference? Bravo Mr. Meikleham, bravo indeed.
  • Aletheon - February 8, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    Uncharted series is brilliant. Can't wait.
  • RicePuddingUK - February 8, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    That American guy who hosted this on his show is a dumbarse, what he done was not a natural human reaction, regardless of how epic a game is, he's just a fancy drama queen.
  • wedgie - February 8, 2011 5:36 p.m.

    In addition to fire, there is also sand in the desert as well. I love this game series.
  • TheDarkslyder - February 8, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    You deserve some kind of award for working the Brave Little Toaster into this article. Well done :D
  • Xerxes667 - February 8, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    well Uncharted 2 still deserved GOTY in 2009 in my opinion, maybe this year we'll see U3 in its rightful place, and Arkham City in as a close second.... because even tho i dont think it was better than U2, Arkham Assylum is still one of the best game i've ever played... bar none.
  • Mortis - February 8, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    while the Uncharted series has blown me away with it's technical prowess and gorgeous, visceral set pieces i just couldn't help but feel that i was watching every Indy Jones movie (i refuse to acknowledge that last abomination that shall not be named) and reading every Clive Cussler novel. the Uncharted games have always seemed to me like they were using every adventure trick in the book while trying to retain their own identity when all i could think of is "huh...didn't Indy do that...didn't they do that in Romancing the Stone?...." Game of the year? doubtful...awesome installment to a great series? yes.
  • oddprophet - February 8, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    This seems like the kind of thing that is fairly awesome but is only in like 2 or 3 segments of the game... I hope to be proved wrong.
  • Robx - February 8, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    I do believe it's GOTY material, and/or maybe it'll earn the OH SHITS/per minute of the year.
  • BodyDamage - February 8, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    oh my good lord. i need to see these things. goty.
  • coleswanson - February 8, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    Not my first choice for game of the year, but it should be great nonetheless. Still holding out for ME3 in 2011.

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