Nov 12, 2007
Naughty Dog says that the region-locked Uncharted demo that hit the US was "an honest mistake", and has now fixed the problem so that everyone can play.
PS3 owners who regularly enjoy the PS3's glorious region-freeness by downloading demos from other-region PSN Stores were shocked furious last week when the US demo of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune proved to be locked to US PS3s only. People went mental, and Naughty Dog promised to sort it out.
"We just didn't know people from other territories could connect to the US PlayStation Network Store and download demos ... now we do! We've been too busy working on the game to wrap our head's around the infrastructure of the PSN," said the co-president of Naughty Dog, Christophe Balestra.
"We absolutely did not plan the demo to be region locked. As soon as we figured out the problem existed, Sam Thompson (line producer, SCEA) called me and I jumped into my car, drove to the office and fixed it right away," reveals Balestra, adding: "It's an honest mistake and we didn't try to prevent anybody from enjoying the Uncharted demo."
Today a new version of the demo has gone live on the US PS Store that is fully region free, as it should be, for all to play, so get on it.
You'd think a first-party developer for Sony would know how the PlayStation Store works though...