With everyone and their mothers raving about Naughty Dog’s upcoming Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and the visual escapades that your eyes will be going through whilst playing the game, the developers are already making plans on delivering DLC. And if you’re sitting there, for whatever reason, telling yourself that you’re not going to get this game for whatever beliefs you might have, you might want to just pick up your PS3 and chuck the thing out the window because, honestly, if it’s not being used to play Uncharted 2, the thing might as well be considered useless.
Justin Richmond, the multiplayer designer over at Naughty Dog, has already confirmed that the team is already working on DLC for the sequel and will be doing so for a while, confirming support will continue even after the game is launched.
“There will be downloadable content, yes,” Richmond told Eurogamer at Sony’s London headquarters.
“What you’ll probably see is more of the competitive type: more maps, more modes, stuff like that. The co-op stuff is hugely time-intensive and the size of it – the physical download size – is huge, so that’s probably not an option.
“I’m not going to say never, but for the foreseeable future we’re not going to be doing that.”
Richmond did admit, though, that he is pretty much “fascinated” about the whole co-op idea of things, and that he would love to do with regards to it in the next game (oh look, a next game already being mentioned?) now that the code is already there.
However, how co-op will fair out in the case it is presented in the next game is questionable being that the series itself centers around the protagonist Nathan Drake and his insane quests to obtain valuable mythological artifacts. In order to introduce some form of co-op game, Naughty Dog will have to incorporate a separate entity (probably someone who’s already in the series) and make the game’s story revolve around both characters rather than Nathan Drake, as it will totally feel out of place just dragging along a player for the sheer kicks of co-op gameplay without having an actual role in the story.
Will there be a third installment to the franchise? Richmond didn’t confirm it directly, but I’m pretty sure with the ridiculous sales that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves might roll out – and with the already increasing positive responses from the media – Naughty Dog will, indeed, be working on a third chapter.
With regards to the omitted ideas from Uncharted 2, Richmond went on to say that “there’s a good chance we [Naughty Dog] might use some of them in the future.”
“There are whole parts of Drake that we haven’t talked about at all yet. Drake is sort of a nice character in that there’s a bunch of stuff about his past that we know but nobody else does,” Richmond says. “You’ll see that… But there’s a lot more of Drake to show, for sure.” Thanks, Justin, I appreciate the tease. Why not just even ridicule us more and tell us that we can expect better visuals in the next game too? All that while smirking, you bastard you. Oh wait, you did!
Justin Richmond also revealed that programmers are already optimizing the ridiculous engine; also stating that the team of coders have been split up into two teams to work on whatever Naughty Dog will be working on next. *cough* Uncharted 3 *cough* Ugh… Erherm… flu season is coming… sorry about that.
With Uncharted 2: Among Thieves launching on October 13th here in the US, gamers and media personnel have already been dubbing it “game of the year.” It’s fantastic visuals blended with a fluid combination of sound and gameplay has shaken the industry. Why Naughty Dog, if they decide this,won’t work on another installment to the series after this would be bewildering. Especially knowing that they have already carved a polished diamond from what was once a gem.