We knew it was coming but it's good to get the official confirmation, isn't it?
Some of you may have already seen the announcement over at the official PlayStation blog, and we now have the press release sitting in our inbox. As it says very specifically, " Uncharted 2: Among Thieves , exclusively for the PlayStation 3 system, will introduce online competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes to the franchise." To update and clarify the early leaked details , the game will feature 5-on-5 competitive gameplay (not 4 on 4, as reported earlier), and they confirm the cooperative mode for up to three players. Furthermore, Naughty Dog will implement a "robust party system," so that groups of players will stick together in both ranked and custom matches online. As you play, you will earn currency, which – combined with what you collect in the single-player campaign – can be used to "unlock additional content and upgrades." The multiplayer modes will include Deathmatch and Plunder, the latter of which is a "unique style of multiplayer competition that encourages teamwork to transport a treasure over dynamic terrain such as ledges and obstacles." This mode features what they're calling "truly vertical gameplay," too! Said Christophe Balestra, co-president of Naughty Dog:
"Adding a multiplayer aspect to the UNCHARTED franchise is a significant step in the replayability of the game. UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves will be the most impressive and ambitious game that Naughty Dog has done and we are thrilled to let our fans experience it this fall."
As for the multiplayer beta program, this will run between June 3 and June 28 and if you pre-order inFamous , you will get your chance to "be among the first to test the multiplayer modes." See, the access key will come packed in with the box, and we remind you that Sucker Punch's very promising action title is due out May 26. If you want in on the multiplayer beta fun, you've gotta put that five bucks down!
Related Game(s): Uncharted 2: Among Thieves