Details on the single-player story in "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" have been slowly trickling out, but we've heard very little so far about the return of the multiplayer mode that made the previous game such a lasting hit with fans. Until today. It turns out that Naughty Dog plans to seriously up the ante for online play in the November-releasing sequel, with a host of new features and play modes that not only improve the in-game experience but also extend out into the Internet's larger Socialsphere.
Central to the social expansion is direct integration with YouTube and Facebook, ABC News reports. Players will be able to capture up to 90 seconds of online gameplay, stored locally on the PlayStation 3 hard drive and able to be edited using a built-in set of tools. In addition to all of the usual bells and whistles, the video editor will also allow users to record their own dialogue and share clips for others to edit.
All of these social video sharing features will be built into the game's front-end with a feed accessible from the main menu that shows which Facebook friends are playing and any new videos they've uploaded. On the PC side, the article also mentions the possibility of in-game rewards; in one example provided, the first five users to "Like" a particular video could get a reward of some kind. The most popular items will be showcased on "Uncharted TV," also accessible in-game.
"Our goal for Facebook is to really make sure you can interact with your Facebook friends the way you interact with your PSN friends," Naughty Dog co-president Christophe Balestra said. "You can talk to them (and) you can invite them to your party. You are going to see icons of people's faces and their real names. So right away it is going to feel bigger."
The article also reveals a few other new multiplayer features, such as character customization and split-screen play. There will be two new modes as well: a three-on-three team deathmatch and an eight-player free-for-all.