While many gamers were buzzing about the midnight releases of Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat on Monday, Playstation and Naughty Dog decided to drop a nice little tidbit post detailing the multiplayer beta for Uncharted 3.
The most prominent of the info given was the multiplayer trailer (below) which showed off both the Chateau and Airstrip maps planned for the game.
The beta will officially go live worldwide on June 28, according to the post, with some early access available to inFAMOUS 2 buyers and Playstation Plus members. Among the most notable changes detailed were the customizations and abilities in the game.
The team boasted a few new features such as the “Buddy system” where online players can be partnered with each other. This differs from being in parties because the buddy system can allow for one player to spawn wherever his partner is on the map. They also stressed the new ability to play online with two locally signed on PSN IDs, meaning you can play splitscreen with your friends at home.
Also new is the “kickback” feature (shown very quickly in the video at :54) which allows for players to get certain weapons or bonuses in a match after getting enough medals, along with the use of boosters. This appears to have some similarities to the airstrikes and care packages of Call of Duty: Black Ops with a Naughty Dog twist, but it remains to be seen how well it would work in-game.
Finally the team detailed “Power Plays” and the inclusion of sudden death modes to regular matches. The power plays will automatically activate when a team is far behind in score and will apparently boost the amount of cash the team members can make off of kills and medals. It seems to be a bit of a patronizing feature for weaker players, but it could be effective in keeping a match interesting.
As far as other features, the post showed off new customizations that can be made to weapons (reminiscent more so of Army of Two than anything else) and character skins. The weapon mods will be more than just cosmetic, as the announcement detailed that they will have an effect depending of the modifications made, as opposed to the one-size-fits-all weapons of Uncharted 2′s multiplayer.
If nothing else, it seems that the Naughty Dog team is at least taking their foray into multiplayer very seriously with these changes and upgrades. Whether or not their new direction will be going in an all too familiar one (like FPSes) and take away the difference and charm from Uncharted’s online modes will have to wait until the beta goes live in the summer.