Developer Naughty Dog confirmed today that Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will indeed have online multiplayer. “Featuring five-versus-five player matches competitively, and up to three-player cooperative modes,” players will be able to group up to play in various, standard and unique online modes.
Interested players will get a crack at the game early by joining the public Beta set for June 3 through June 28. What’s the catch? You’ll have to pick up a copy of Sucker Punch’s infamous – from what we could tell from our Hands-on Preview, that shouldn’t be too much to ask from PS3 owners.
Below you’ll find an excellent glimpse at the multiplayer action in Uncharted 2 in a gameplay compilation:
April 27, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment America today announced that UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, exclusively for the PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) system, will introduce online competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes to the franchise. Developed by premier PS3 software developer Naughty Dog Inc., UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, the highly-anticipated follow up to UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune, will feature up to 10 players in 5-versus-5 competitive gameplay. Cooperative multiplayer modes allow up-to-3 players to progress through a variety of environments by working together to accomplish set objectives. Utilizing a robust party system, groups of players will remain together in ranked and custom matches while earning currency, which used in combination with currency earned in single player missions, will unlock additional content and upgrades.
Presented with multiple modes of competitive gameplay, players battle in ranked matches that include Death Match and Plunder, a unique style of multiplayer competition that encourages team work to transport a treasure over dynamic terrain such as ledges and obstacles. Plunder brings truly vertical game play to traditional multiplayer modes. With maps based on environments from the single player campaign, players are taken from the nighttime streets of a war torn city to a Nepalese village and have the ability to create custom games allowing them to play any type of game on any map.
“Adding a multiplayer aspect to the UNCHARTED franchise is a significant step in the replayability of the game,” said Christophe Balestra, co president Naughty Dog. “UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves will be the most impressive and ambitious game that Naughty Dog has done and we are thrilled to let our fans experience it this fall.”
SCEA is planning a consumer BETA program for UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves beginning June 3 through June 28. Consumers who purchase one of the first copies of inFAMOUS, the open world superhero action adventure from Sucker Punch Productions launching May 26, have the opportunity to be among the first to test the multiplayer modes of UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves via an access key packed in the box.
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves is the story of Nathan Drake, a fortune-hunter with a shady reputation and an even shadier past who is lured back into the treacherous world of thieves and mercenary treasure-seekers. The tenth game by premier PS3 software developer Naughty Dog, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves allows players to take control of Drake and embark on a journey that will push him to his physical, emotional and intellectual limits to discover the real truth behind the lost fleet of Marco Polo and the legendary Himalayan valley of Shambhala.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves “RP” for “Rating Pending”.