Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Mode, Beta Dates and More

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Uncharted 3 multiplayer is a complete evolution from the initial foray made into multiplayer with Uncharted 2. There are so many changes that it took a whole event to fill the press in on just that and they didn’t even touch upon single player or co-op.uncharted 3

The leap forward in gameplay, technology — not the least of which is 3D stereoscopic support — and depth is nothing short of astounding. The goal has always been to take the signature Uncharted gameplay and penchant for awesome set-piece moments to serve as the key building blocks for creating a multiplayer experience like no other.

Uncharted 3 Multiplayer

The Uncharted 3 Multiplayer trailer, which was just released today, is the best crash course on everything we’ve revealed about our competitive multiplayer modes — and more.

The Chateau is a more traditional style arena map, with multiple levels to take advantage of our unique Uncharted traversal options — including ziplines.

The Airstrip is a two-part map where the location and map layout actually changes in the middle of the match! The first part of the match takes place on a massive cargo plane being chased by trucks, with players jumping from truck to truck and between the cargo plane and the truck convoy.

The second part of the match begins when the cargo plane is about to take off from the runway. After takeoff, the match changes locations for all players to the airstrip hangar area for a slightly more traditional multiplayer setting and layout. Just watch out for the fighter planes that will inevitably come in for a strafing run.

airstrip approach

Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Modes

Along with the perennial favorite Team Deathmatch are a couple new modes just announced including Three Team Deathmatch, which is a small-team 2 vs. 2 vs. 2 variation on Team Deathmatch.

Another is the oft-requested Free For All – with every player out for themselves. They have stated that there will be more announced in the near future.

There has been some work and updates to make it easier to get into games quicker, and with your friends. The first is Late Join, which is a staple of many online games and for good reason. It ensures that matches stay full, that you can get into matches faster and you can get into your friends matches faster if there’s a slot for you, instead of waiting for your friend to finish their current round.

Also same-console split screen but you can log into two independent PSN IDs for most gametypes – the ones you can’t are to prevent unfair collusion between players.

Playing with friends and creating a team environment is extremely important so they’ve created a Buddy system. Each player will be partnered with a Buddy and you’ll be able to collectively share your successes throughout the match with each other. You can even pick up Treasures  for your Buddy. The Buddy system also allows you to choose to spawn on your Buddy if they are safely out of combat so you can jump into the action together quicker. This is key since most game modes are all about team play and teams that stick together will do far better than teams who don’t.

chateau gas mask

Customization, Emblems and Weapon Mods

New to Uncharted 3 multiplayer is character customization. Both heroes and villains skins will have a hundreds of customizable parts, from accessories to shirts and pants to a deep weapon customization feature.

Even named characters, like Drake or Sully, will get plenty of options to make your character your own. Hand in hand with customization is the emblem editor. If you’ve worked with emblem editors in other games, you’ll be pretty familiar with the one implemented in Uncharted 3. It extends the level of customization of your online profile with hundreds of decals, three layers, rotate and scale functions – you’ll see your final emblem on your character and even possibly in the environment during matches.

Speaking of weapon customizations – it goes beyond the cosmetic. There are now  weapon mods that not only change the look of your weapon of choice, but they are functional too, adding precise scopes, bigger clips and more!

Uncharted 3 Boosters

Boosters are back in Uncharted 3, but is a mix of new and old.

There are a few old favorites in there, but they’ve created a more satisfying mix of old and new based on your feedback and selection patterns. Extended is the Booster system with a special subset of Paid Boosters, giving you a one-time Booster that you spend some cash to have the option of using during a match. There’s still other ways to get minor advantages during a match. You have to option to select a specific Medal Kickback, which activate when you’ve racked up the required number of Medals for that specific Kickback. You can see this in the Multiplayer Trailer when the RPG Kickback is activated at 00:50 into the video. You’re taking a little chance when you select these, as some really choice Kickbacks require you to get a significant number of Medals before you can activate them.

airstrip crash

Uncharted 3 Loadout Slots

They’ve introduced four slots to save specific loadouts — your starting rifle, starting sidearm, weapon customizations and mods, Boosters, and Kickbacks.

All of these customization and modifier options allowed them to extend our in-game reward system. No longer is everything tied to level gain or cash.

During matches, you’ll have the opportunity to get items from treasure chests on the maps. You’ll also be able unlock a wide variety of items and modifiers through Missions. There are two types of Missions – some are instant missions and others, accessible from the Multiplayer menu, are more long term. Instant missions can appear in the middle of a match and provide a target that you can complete within a few matches tops. The Missions you select from the Multiplayer menu will take significantly more time, days of playtime possibly, and the rewards will be accordingly more significant.

Putting Power back in Uncharted 3 Multiplayer

Power Plays activate when one team is way behind in the score count. They provide the team on top with an opportunity to maximize their cash for the match, while evening the odds a little for the team on the losing end of the equation and giving them the opportunity to close the gap a little.

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If matches are too close to call as they get close to the end, Overtime will activate, giving either time an opportunity to win the match by more than one point within a limited time. If the game is still too close to call, the match enters Sudden Death. Sudden Death is similar to Elimination – there are no respawns and the last player standing wins the match for their team.

Uncharted 3 Social Networking

They’ve integrated Facebook into the game in a way unseen on a console game so far – way more than just sharing videos and photos, or updates to your Wall. USA Today has an exclusive look at our plans to bring social networks into Uncharted 3.

At the start-up menu, players can view a "feed" that shows which Facebook friends on the PlayStation Network are currently playing and whether they’ve posted updates or videos. Clips can be viewed without leaving the game. Previously, videos had to be handcrafted and exported for uploading to YouTube.

Cinema mode has gotten a revamp allowing you to create clips from full matches and upload them directly to your own YouTube OR Facebook account (or both). They’re streaming a tightly curated list of awesome Uncharted videos created by the community back into your multiplayer menu via Uncharted TV. More details to come.

Sprint!

Naughty Dog has built in a brand new Sprint button. They feel it works extremely well and, of course built Uncharted 3 multiplayer to take into account that you can sprint.

chateau kick

Uncharted 3 Co-op Hints

Fear not, co-op is most definitely IN Uncharted 3 multiplayer and it too has been vastly expanded upon. More details at a later date.

Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta

The Multiplayer Beta for Uncharted 3 begins WORLDWIDE on June 28, 2011, with early access for PlayStation Plus members or by purchasing specially marked copies of Infamous 2.

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