Naughty Dog is taking multiplayer in the Uncharted series to the next level with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, thanks to enhanced, cinematic gameplay, character customization, and unprecedented social media integration.
Uncharted 3‘s multiplayer maps are being made more dynamic, with constantly-changing environments that echo those in the single player game. Two of these modes were shown off at an event in Los Angeles this week, the most exciting of which was called “Airstrip.” One team in Airstrip is inside a plane’s cargo hold, taxiing down the runway for takeoff, while the other team inhabits trucks barreling down the runway all around the plane, trying to overtake it. Players will be able to jump from one vehicle to another while the scene plays out, and ultimately the plane’s departure or aborted takeoff is determined by who wins the match.
Naughty Dog is also adding a major new character customization system, with nearly infinite possibilities for players to pick their own clothes, colors, accessories, and even weapons power-ups. Weapons will now have customization options that are both cosmetic and functional, a la Borderlands.
Facebook and YouTube are being integrated directly into the multiplayer experience, so you’ll be able to do things like share stuff from your game directly to Facebook, send Facebook messages, and even read friends’ status updates. Uncharted 3 will also let you post a recorded gameplay video directly to YouTube. Naughty Dog is launching a service called Uncharted TV that will offer regular insider updates, similar to Xbox Live‘s videos.
An open beta is set to begin on July 5th, with the full-featured game arriving November 11th.