Tribeca Film Festival 2013
Journey as we follow Josh Scherr and his adventure with his Tribeca Film Festival panel.
By| Twitter | Friday May 24 2013
A few weeks back, I was given the opportunity to represent Naughty Dog on a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival. The panel, entitled “New Standards, New Aesthetics,” aimed to discuss new creative formats and tools available to storytellers, including 3D, 4k digital cameras, and… video games? Yeah, it might seem unusual to include video games at a film festival, but the TFF in recent years has provided avenues for interactive titles to be showcased to an audience that might not be as familiar with the medium. Josh Topolsky – EIC of The Verge and the panel moderator – wanted to include us because he felt Naughty Dog’s titles bridge the gap between games and film.
Plus, it meant a trip to New York City with my family, so why not?
The panel was held at 92Y Tribeca, a cool community space used for theater, film, and other public events. What’s nice about these panels is that they’re free to the general public, so anyone can attend without paying big bucks for a festival pass. The room held about 150 people and was filled to capacity.
Before the panel started, I met Josh T. and the other panel members back stage to go over some of the questions beforehand. We were a fairly eclectic bunch – a cinematographer, a digital post expert, a marketing president from Sony, and a video game developer. I think I learned more about the latest digital filmmaking tech from them in 30 minutes backstage than I had reading dozens of articles. That’s one of the great things about festivals like these: a chance to speak directly with the people doing actual work with the new technology. It was fun chatting with them about storytelling and cinematic technique in games, as it was all completely new to them.
Here’s more information on the other panelists:
Christina Voros: http://christinavoros.com/
Michael Cioni: http://www.lightiron.com/about/management/michael-cioni
Alec Shapiro: https://blog.sony.com/leadership/alec-shapiro/
The panel itself went really well, save for some bizarre audio issues; the hour flew by and we certainly could’ve kept going. You can watch the panel in its entirety here:
As often happens with these things, I didn’t get to half the things I wanted to talk about, but I had a chance to talk with Alexa Ray Corriea from Polygon afterwards. You can read her write-up here: Polygon - The Last of Us Tribeca Film Festival 2013
I have to say the highlight of the panel happened backstage, five minutes after we finished. The next panel that afternoon was between David Denby and A.O. Scott, the film critics for the New Yorker and the New York Times, respectively. I’ve read their work for years and getting a chance to talk to them was both a little intimidating and surreal. Denby was especially interested in the idea of interactive games, although he was a little skeptical about giving control to the player. He actually seized me by the shoulders and said “when I see a film, I want to be controlled and manipulated by the director!” As I explained to him, we have a lot of control over the player in our games – the trick is we try to be subtle about it. The puppets only get angry when they find out about the strings.
The rest of my time in NYC was spent running around with my family, and I’ll spare you those details, but I do want to make another recommendation to those visiting the city: if you get a chance, I highly suggest you see Sleep No More, which I’d wanted to see for the better part of a year. For lack of a better way to describe it, it’s an immersive, fully interactive Macbeth, staged in a massive multi-room warehouse designed to resemble a hotel from the 1940s. Those of you interested in interactive narrative, game design, or just innovative theater should definitely seek it out.
The Music of The Last of Us: Gustavo Santaolalla
Go behind the scenes and learn about the musical score in The Last of Us and how we got Gustavo Santaolalla, an Academy Award winning composer, involved on the project.
By| Twitter | Friday May 17 2013
When pre-production started in earnest on The Last of Us there was a folder of music files featuring work by some of the preeminent musicians in video games, television, and film. These tracks held a sampling of the ideal musical quality, direction, and tone we wanted to have for the project. The Academy Award winning work of Gustavo Santaolalla appeared multiple times. Being that he had never composed for video games before the thought of getting him to work on The Last of Us seemed a bit farfetched. He was approached by our music group at Sony and, well, this video will tell you the full story about the man himself and how he came to work on The Last of Us:
We are honored to have Gustavo’s music and talents in our game. The texture of Gustavo’s musical score serves the game’s narrative and the music is rife with poignant, descriptive and intimate sounds. His work is unlike anything heard in a video game before. It’s a beautiful, haunting, sonic landscape that makes the game’s themes more emotionally resonant and emphasizes thoughtfully how Joel, Ellie, and all the characters in the game perceive the world around them. It’s a masterful musical score.
Want a sampling of the sonic delight Gustavo crafted for The Last of Us? Visit the Sony Music Soundtracks SoundCloud set. If you pre-order the game, via the Sights & Sounds DLC pack, you’ll get full access to the official digital soundtrack. The soundtrack is also available for purchase as a CD via the Sony Masterworks label. The Last of Us arrives June 14, 2013.
The Last of Us Firefly Pendant Winners and Limited Edition Strategy Guide
We announce the winners of our The Last of Us Firefly Pendant contests. Twenty four new Fireflies join the militia group and their pendants will be in the game as collectibles.
By| Twitter | Friday May 03 2013
Our Firefly Pendant contests have ended! The entries for all contests were incredible. Even having seen amazing past work from our fans these entries exceeded our lofty expectations. Here’s a list of our winners for the Fan Art and Video Creation contests. Just click their names to witness some truly remarkable work.
Fan Art Winners
Video Creation Winners
A pencil holder! A birdhouse! An entire environment in a game engine! There’s so much talent and incredible work here, right? We want to thank everyone who took time to enter and congratulate all winners. If you’re wondering about the third contest, the eight winners of our Cosplay contest can be found over on IGN or in the video below. Be sure to check out the video and pick out your favorite Joel, Ellie, Hunter or Infected.
To find all the newly appointed Fireflies and their respective pendants in the game it’ll take some serious scavenging. If you’re looking for a way to help you to find these pendants or just some helpful tips and tricks for your journey you’ll want to purchase one of the official The Last of Us strategy guides. You’ll be able to choose between the Signature Series guide and the sleek Limited Edition guide. If you didn’t happen to win or couldn’t enter one of our Firefly pendant contests every purchase of the Limited Edition guide comes with an exclusive Fireflies key chain pendant of your very own.
Both guides can now be pre-ordered over the Brady Games website. The Signature Series guide is available in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia while the Limited Edition guide is offered for sale in the USA, Canada, UK, and Australia. The guides will be coming out when The Last of Us launches June 14, 2013. Congratulations once again to all our new Fireflies!
Uncharted 3: Animal Themed DLC Arrives and Double Cash
Animal themed DLC arrives! Double cash continues and some cool new Tournament rewards are available.
By| Twitter | Tuesday April 16 2013
We're halfway through the month of April and it’s time to release the animals. All DLC items in our Animal theme will be available via the in-game store or the PlayStation®Store over the next three days globally! Purchase the Animal theme bundle to get the exclusive T-Rex Head for Talbot or, if you haven’t yet, buy the Oddball theme bundle to get the exclusive Fireball t-shirt.
Double Cash events will be shut off today but they return this Friday. Here’s the remaining schedule for the month of April:
Start: Friday, April 19, at 12:00 PM PDT or 19:00 GMT/UTC
End: Tuesday, April 23, at 12:00 PM PDT or 19:00 GMT/UTC
Start: Friday, April 26, at 12:00 PM PDT or 19:00 GMT/UTC
End: Tuesday, April 30, at 12:00 PM PDT or 19:00 GMT/UTC
As mentioned previously, April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month and our charity DLC will be available until the end of the month. Buy the Pogo and Trumpet items to support the animals and the spcaLA* today!
The Animal theme Tournament rewards can now be earned. On the Bronze and Silver tiers, you can earn the Croc Gun and Mr Croc Shirt as Tournament rewards. If you hit the gold tier you can unlock the lucky Snake Eyes T-shirt. The Shade Raptor Mask for Drake and Shade Dive Helmet for Talbot are achieved by reaching Platinum status. Buy tickets to enter into the weekly Tournament and earn access to those items to show off your multiplayer skills.
Check out UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play FAQ if you haven’t yet for some answers to your questions about UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play.
See you online!
*For those of you who are curious here’s some further info on the spcaLA charity. All proceeds on the sales of these Pogo and Trumpet DLC items will go to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA), 5026 W Jefferson Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90016, 1-888-772-2521, info@spcaLA.com. spcaLA is a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID: 95-1738153, mission statement:http://spcala.com/aboutUs/index.php. This promotion begins on April 2, 2013 and ends May 1, 2013. Purchases of items are not tax-deductible.
The Last of Us Firefly Pendant Contests
We want to give you a chance to become a member of the Fireflies in The Last of Us. We have three contests that allow you to do so.
By| Twitter | Monday April 15 2013
We’re heads down putting the finishing touches on The Last of Us, launching June 14. Your excitement and devotion has kept us going strong as we’ve seen you make some amazing fan content. Now we want to give our most dedicated fans the opportunity to be a part of our hard work. So get thinking creatively about The Last of Us and show us what you’ve got.
We’re holding a trio of contests that will allow you to get your name into the game. All three contests reward you with your name being stamped on a Firefly pendant that will be collectible in-game. Carve your name in video game history as a member of the Fireflies!
The first way to earn your place as a Firefly will be a Fan Art contest. The Fan Art contest is being held right here on this webpage. Eight creative winners will become a part of the Fireflies by submitting their best fan art in the comments section below. Please provide a link to your image. Show us your best work! Official rules are available in the links below.
A trio of contests that will allow you to get your name into the gameIf you’re not into drawing, sketching, painting, or generally making artwork, over on IGN, there is a Cosplay Contest you can enter. The prizing is the same as eight lucky winners will be selected by our very own Ashley Johnson (Ellie) and Naughty Dog staff.
Cosplay not your thing? On the PlayStation Forums we’ll holding a Video Creation Contest that will also put you into the running for getting your name in the game. Make a trailer. Shoot a short film. Do a clicker comedy skit. Give us your best impress us and get your name in the game. Naughty Dog staff will be selecting eight fortunate Fireflies from all those submissions as well. (Note: PSN is down until later tonight so get to work on the footage gathering and editing so you can post up to the link later)
The official rules for all these contests can be found here:
The deadline for entry for all contests is April 24. You must be a resident of the United States to be eligible to win. Get inspired and become a Firefly! Best of luck and hope to see your name in the game!
REMINDER: Submit your fan art links in the comments below.
The Last of Us Development Series Episode 2: Wasteland Beautiful
Episode 2 in The Last of Us Development video series explores the game environments, how they are created, and how we made the game world of The Last of Us.
By| Twitter | Tuesday April 09 2013
In our first video in The Last of Us Development series we took a look at the Infected. We explored their unpredictable nature, what the Cordyceps fungus has done to these humans, and how we as developers worked some plausible science about infection into the game. Area 5 returned to the studio to discover how we created the game world. The second video in the series looks at what went into the concept and design of the world and its environments in The Last of Us. Check it out:
Contrast is the key word for the development of every aspect in The Last of Us. There’s a counterpoint to nearly every detail in the game and we strive to show as much beauty as the ugly, brutal realities of the world allow. We think you’ll find our wasteland beautiful once you get into the game world in just a couple months.
Our next video in the series will explore the crafting and scavenging gameplay mechanics. An in-depth documentary on the game disc will contain an expanded look at all the content in these videos. The Last of Us will be available June 14 2013.
Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Double Cash Events all April
April is the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. We'll have Double Cash events all month long, community contests, and special animal themed DLC to honor this cause.
By| Twitter | Friday April 05 2013
We mentioned that April is the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month and we have some very special animal themed DLC coming out to recognize this great cause. We want to make April even more outstanding for all Uncharted 3 Multiplayer players. Starting this Friday, and continuing EVERY Friday in April, we’ll be holding Double Cash events! Here’s a rundown of those dates and times:
Double Cash Events - (UPDATE: We ran into some issues with the first push so we're extending Double Cash for a full 8 days starting Monday. Thanks for understanding and your patience!)
Start: Monday, April 8, at 12:00 PM PDT or 19:00 GMT/UTC
End: Tuesday, April 16, at 12:00 PM PDT or 19:00 GMT/UTC
Start: Friday, April 19, at 12:00 PM PDT or 19:00 GMT/UTC
End: Tuesday, April 23, at 12:00 PM PDT or 19:00 GMT/UTC
Start: Friday, April 26, at 12:00 PM PDT or 19:00 GMT/UTC
End: Tuesday, April 30, at 12:00 PM PDT or 19:00 GMT/UTC
During the next couple of months the PlayStation Community team will be holding contests for Uncharted 3. The first is the Bad Lip Reading contest. Some very cool prizes will be awarded in the contest including rare Naughty Dog and UNCHARTED items and even a copy of The Last of Us once it’s released. Submit your entry today!
We won’t be updating the Lab until mid-May but we’ll have double cash events all month and the full slate of animal themed DLC drops later this April.
Look for more Double Cash events and maybe even Triple Cash events as 2013 progresses. Be sure to check out the calendar on your stats page for the latest events and Labs happening in Uncharted 3 multiplayer. See you online!
Uncharted 3 Multiplayer: Animal Themed DLC Arrives this April
New Animal themed character parts are coming to Uncharted 3 Multiplayer. Get some very rare DLC that supports a great cause before it goes away at the end of the month!
By| Twitter | Wednesday April 03 2013
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month and we’re honoring this with some animal themed items for your UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer characters. First off, we have some very special and limited DLC available for purchase this month. Pogo and Trumpet, the resident Naughty Dogs, are now immortalized on custom t-shirts and weapons. All proceeds from the sales of these items will go to the SPCALA, a charity that supports the prevention of cruelty to animals. These items will be available individually and as bundles. The sales of the Pogo and Trumpet items will start April 2 in the North American regions and later in the month in all other regions. These items are only available for the month of April so buy them today!
We will be launching all our Animal themed character parts DLC globally this month. Every Animal item you’ll be able to purchase as part of the Animal theme is outlined over on our UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play page. We will have a bundle for all the animal themed parts that includes the exclusive T-Rex Head for Talbot. Additionally, we are posting up a bundle of our Oddball themed parts with an exclusive bonus item – the Fireball T-Shirt - as well this month. Check out the in-game store or the PlayStation®Store to see when these bundles are available for purchase.
All proceeds from the sales of Pogo and Trumpet items go to the spcaLA supporting the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsOne of the coolest things about the Animal theme will be the new Tournament rewards that can be earned. You can earn the Croc Gun and Mr Croc Shirt as Tournament rewards. If you hit the gold tier you can earn the unique Snake Eyes T-shirt. The Shade Raptor Mask for Drake and Shade Dive Helmet for Talbot are achieved by reaching Platinum status. Buy tickets to enter into the weekly Tournament and unlock these items as a testament to your outstanding gameplay ability.
The Lab Playlist will remain as it is until Mid-May as we’re in the process of testing new Block Mesh Lab Maps and working on finishing The Last of Us. We will update you once we have new Labs rolling out again.
For those of you who are curious here’s some further info on the charity. All proceeds on the sales of these Pogo and Trumpet DLC items will go to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA), 5026 W Jefferson Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90016, 1-888-772-2521, info@spcaLA.com. spcaLA is a 501(c)(3) organization, Tax ID: 95-1738153, mission statement: http://spcala.com/aboutUs/index.php. This promotion begins on April 2, 2013 and ends May 1, 2013. Purchases of items are not tax-deductible.
Show your support for the animals! See you online!
The Last of Us: Watch the Extended First TV Spot
Check out an extended look at The Last of Us story in the extended cut of our first TV spot.
By| Twitter | Monday April 01 2013
We kicked off the television campaign for The Last of Us on Sunday, with our first official TV spot on the season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead. We’d like to share with you the extended version story trailer that TV spot called out. Take a look at some new gameplay from The Last of Us:
This gameplay represents a slice of the journey Joel and Ellie will be taking across the United States. They’ll travel westward, traversing different climates, environments, and seasons. The moral dilemmas and decisions they’re forced to make will test the limits of their conscience and humanity. Who is a friend and who is a foe? The Last of Us explores many questions that deal with themes of loyalty, love, and redemption. We’re excited to hear what you have to say about the game and its narrative.
The Last of Us will be available June 14th, 2013.
Uncharted 3: The Lab and Community Update #5
Happy Tuesday! Dodgeball forever! Also - 5 versus 5 Team Deathmatch with SAS-12 shotgun and Mag-5 weapons returns.
By| Twitter | Tuesday March 26 2013
Happy Tuesday! You love it so we’re keeping it in there. Lab Map Dodgeball is here to stay! Lab Dodgeball will always be accessible in the Custom Games menu. Also, we’re adding back another fan favorite as 5 versus 5 Team Deathmatch with SAS-12 shotgun and Mag-5 weapons will return this week.
Our Oddball theme is in full effect and you can earn some strange and unique Tournament rewards. You can earn the Gas Mask Gun and Gas Mask Shirt on the bronze and silver tiers. If you hit the gold tier you can earn the rare British Guard Hat for Cutter. The stylish Raptor Mask for Drake and Dive Helmet for Talbot are achieved by reaching Platinum status. Use your tickets to enter into the weekly Tournament for a chance to play with these items.
Our UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play items will get dynamic pricing changes from time to time so be sure to visit the Extras section of the UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play and be on the lookout. We will announce when these price changes occur via our social media channels and likely here on the blog.
The Last of Us Demo and Merch at PAX East
The Last of Us will be playable for the public for the first time ever at PAX East. We have a ton of cool merch and giveaways happening as well.
By| Twitter | Thursday March 21 2013
We’re ecstatic to head to PAX East. Mostly because we get to show off all our hard work on The Last of Us and mainly because it’s the event were you can be the first fan ever to go hands-on with the game! We can’t wait to hear and read about your reactions to the demo.
The demo will be played inside a custom-designed booth modeled after an in-game environment. To top it all off the demo itself is set in Boston after the city has been decimated by the Cordyceps infection. Steel your nerves and see if you can make it to the end of the demo. If you manage to reach the end in the time you’re allotted you’ll be rewarded with one of our tension bricks (that we’ve playfully named Brock):
All fans who play the demo (while supplies last) will receive a very special The Last of Us t-shirt:
We’ll have male and females sizes of the t-shirts available. The shirt features art by the awesome Faith Erin Hicks who is working with us on The Last of Us: American Dreams. Additionally, Dark Horse Comics has provided us with 250 of a limited run of 500 posters featuring cover art by Julian Totino Tedesco from The Last of Us: American Dreams issue #2.
Supplies are limited for all items and when they’re gone, that’s it. So be sure to stop by the PlayStation Booth and play The Last of Us for the first time and earn some very unique The Last of Us merch.
See you in Boston!
Uncharted 3: The Lab and Community Update #4
We're bringing back Lab Dodgeball and another Block Mesh Lab Map in this week's Lab. The U3 GOTY Digital Edition hits the EU PlayStation®Store tomorrow.
By| Twitter | Tuesday March 19 2013
Happy Tuesday! Our Lab for this week marks the return of Lab Map Dodgeball! Practice those grenades lobs and staying nimble with your analog sticks. Also, we’re pushing Block Mesh Lab map #4 by Rodney Reece (@Hey_its_Rod), a long range map good for expert snipers, live as well. Rodney’s map will be added to our first two Block Mesh Lab Maps in the Custom Games option. We will continue to add Block Mesh Lab Maps to the Custom Games option as the year progresses.
Our Oddball theme means you can start earning some cool new Tournament rewards. You can earn the Gas Mask Gun and Gas Mask Shirt on the bronze and silver tiers. If you hit the gold tier you can earn the rare British Guard Hat for Cutter. The always awesome Raptor Mask for Drake and Dive Helmet for Talbot are achieved by reaching Platinum status. Use your tickets to enter into the weekly Tournament and unlock these items before our next theme starts in April.
Dogs will be playing in Naughty Paws and other community events in the coming months so be sure to participate and stay active on our forums. We hope to see you during many more events over the next few months.
Reminder: If you’re looking to remove the ads from UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play you’ll need to purchase one of the following core components: Single Player Experience, Co-Op Adventure Mode, No Level Cap, or the DLC Map Packs. Please note you won’t earn XP until you purchase either the Level 25 limit or the no Level cap unlocks.
The UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Game of Year Digital Edition will be available in the EU PlayStation®Store tomorrow March 20. This is the best way to get the complete Uncharted 3 experience if you’ve purchased the UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play.
The Lab calendar is in a state of flux and we’ll be updating it soon. Visit the Lab calendar on your Uncharted 3 stats page to get some hints about upcoming Labs and future multiplayer events. See you online!
Uncharted 3: Oddball Themed DLC
Uncharted 3 Multiplayer will have the a fresh batch of oddball themed character parts available for purchase today!
By| Twitter | Tuesday March 19 2013
The UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play launched a few weeks ago and we’ve seen a healthy uplift to our community to tune of over three hundred and fifty thousand downloads of the Free-to-Play client to date globally. We’re very excited to see our community grow and stoked to keep expanding the world of UNCHARTED to as many people as possible.
To keep that momentum going, as promised, we’re making new DLC available for purchase every month until June 2013. This month we’re recognizing Extraterrestrial Abductions Day – or a day around it anyway – by unveiling our Oddball themed character parts for your UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer characters. Why Oddball? Well, these character parts defy classification as they don’t quite fit among the numerous other parts we’ll have coming out over the next few months, and Extraterrestrial Abductions Day is a bit of an odd holiday anyway.
A full rundown of everything that’s available with our Oddball theme is over on our UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play page. We’ll have a bundle of all Oddball parts with an exclusive bonus item available for purchase in early April. Check out the in-game store or the PlayStation®Store to see what’s available.
Our Oddball theme means that new Tournament rewards can be earned. You can earn the Gas Mask Gun and Gas Mask Shirt as Tournament rewards. If you hit the gold tier you can earn the rare British Guard Hat for Cutter as well as Raptor Mask for Drake and Dive Helmet for Talbot by achieving Platinum status. Use your tickets to enter into the weekly Tournament and unlock these items as a testament to your skills.
Log in and let’s all get a little odd! See you online!
Uncharted 3: The Lab and Community Update #3
Happy Tuesday! We are rotating the Lab and prepping for a new DLC drop coming next week! Be sure to read about Naughty Paws as well.
By| Twitter | Tuesday March 12 2013
Happy Tuesday! The UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play continues to grow our Uncharted 3 Multiplayer community and we’re excited to get more fun DLC content out to you soon.
The Lab this week is Plunder with Pistoles and Grenades only. Guard that idol! It’s going to be explosive. We’ll be adding some more very cool stuff to the Lab next week.
Our colorful theme will end next Tuesday and a new theme will be unveiled. You can still earn the Rainbow Gun and Rainbow Shirt as Tournament rewards if you play this week. If you hit the gold tier you can earn the rare Bronze Mask for Drake as well as Shade Raptor Mask for Drake and Shade Dive Helmet for Talbot for achieving Platinum status. Use your tickets to enter into the weekly Tournament and unlock these items as a proof you’re awesome.
SweetPoison13 has been running Naughty Paws with the Uncharted 3 Multiplayer community for a few months now. She’s awesome and always looking for new players to join in the fun. Naughty Paws is held almost every Saturday at 2pm PST/9pm GMT. We’re going to get the Naughty Dog crew to play in Naughty Paws soon but we want to hear from you. Let us know what Saturday would be best for you in the comments below!
Reminder: if you’re looking to remove the ads from UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play you’ll need to purchase one of the following core components: Single Player Experience, Co-Op Adventure Mode, No Level Cap, or the DLC Map Packs. Please note you won’t earn XP until you purchase either the Level 25 limit or the no Level cap unlocks.
Uncharted 3: The Lab and Community Update #2
Two Block Mesh Lab Maps are available now in custom games as well as The Lab playlists. Join in a special community event with some Dogs. Also our colorful theme continues in the Tournament!
By| Twitter | Tuesday March 05 2013
Happy Tuesday! We launched UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play last week and we’ve seen a healthy uplift to our community to tune of over one hundred thousand downloads of the Free-to-Play in one week in North America alone. We’re excited to see our community grow and stoked to keep expanding the world of UNCHARTED to as many people as possible.
As a way to say thank you for all your continued support and give newcomers additional ways to play the multiplayer we’re adding Block Mesh Lab Maps #1 and #2 to The Lab this week. Also, both maps will be available in the Custom Games option. That means you can now play Game Designer Junki Saita’s (@dirt_herder) inaugural Block Mesh Lap Map and Lead Multiplayer Designer Robert Cogburn’s (@RobertCogburn) block mesh map creations as often as you’d like. We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of videos you’ll be making using these maps.
Our colorful theme continues and you can earn the Rainbow Gun and Rainbow Shirt as Tournament rewards. If you hit the gold tier you can earn the rare Bronze Mask for Drake. You get the very cool Shade Raptor Mask for Drake and Shade Dive Helmet for Talbot by achieving Platinum status. Use your tickets to enter into the weekly Tournament and unlock these items as a testament to your skills.
SilverDefender invited the Naughty Dog crew to play the EU community and we’ll have some Dogs playing online this Saturday, March 9 at 12noon PST. Visit the EU community events page and this thread for all the details. We hope to be holding many more events with you in the coming months.
EU users who are experiencing issues with earning XP in UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play after purchasing the UNCHARTED 3: Multiplayer Competitive MP- No Level Limit or the UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Game of Year Digital Edition we have sorted out the issues and we will follow up with the proper corrective measures in the forums. A reminder: XP doesn’t accrue on your profile past level 15 UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play until you unlock it. Only the money you will have earned will still be accumulated.
If you’re looking to remove the ads from UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play you’ll need to purchase one of the following core components: Single Player Experience, Co-Op Adventure Mode, No Level Cap, or the DLC Map Packs. Please note you won’t earn XP past Level 15 until you purchase either the Level 25 limit or the no Level cap unlocks.
The Lab calendar will remain the same for a few months but we’ll be adding to it in the future. Visit the Lab calendar on your Uncharted 3 stats page to learn about upcoming Labs and future multiplayer events. See you online!