If you don’t want to know too much about Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception this early on, I advise you to click elsewhere. Who am I kidding? You’re reading about gaming news. Of course you want to know 😀
Naughty Dog have opened up to OPM (Official PlayStation Magazine) and released loads of details on Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. As seen in the trailer, Nathan Drake will venture into the desert of Rub’ al Khali for his latest exploration.
Dynamically changing environments will faithful recreate a desert experience with sandstorms and mirages for realistic hallucinations without the need for narcotics.
“we’ve done a ton of research… the way sand blows over and curls over the tops of dunes, the way it displaces and flows – it’s almost a liquid.” said Amy Henning, the Creative Director for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
Players won’t have to endure the hot climates for the entire duration of the game with opportunities to explore London, wild jungles and other locales yet to be named.
The focus for Drake’s Deception is based on the Lawrence of Arabia story centred on the Iram of the Pillars located in the Rub’ al Khali (also known as the “Empty Quarter“). The Iran of the Pillars can be regarded as an equivalent of the The Lost City of Atlantis minus the water and well, in the desert.
Drake‘s new nemesis will be in the form of Katherine Marlowe (to be voiced by English actress Rosalind Ayres), a member of a secret society dating back to Queen Elizabeth I. Details of the story haven’t been revealed in full as Naughty Dog are still finalising the story and script.
Sully the Veteran Treasure Hunter from the previous adventures will be making a return. No other characters from the other games have been confirmed as yet.
The much loved combat system will get a revamp with new gameplay elements incorporated. Drake will now be able to take on multiple enemies at once as well as utilising his surroundings such as bottles to lay on some smack down. For those that don’t want a brute force approach, a new stealth system will allow for sneaking around unsuspecting henchmen.
Naughty Dog have had a history of mixing up gameplay with vehicles and did go on to say:
“we have a strong tradition of vehicular gameplay, and we try not to repeat ourselves.
Riding a bicycle or possibly off-roading on a dune buggy? Nothing is out of the realm of possibility with Naughty Dog. A public beta may be on the cards as well:
“We’ll be sure to alert everyone if a public beta is in the works this time around.
Most games usually end in a trilogy nowadays and with Drake’s Deception coming in 2011, the question of whether this will be Nathan Drake’s final adventure has been a popular one.
“The Uncharted franchise was never conceived as a trilogy.”
Looks to me like Nathan Drake and his cohorts will be adventuring perilous locations for quite some time yet.