The Uncharted games are typically renowned for their great pacing and clever dialogue, which is why some may find it strange that Uncharted 3 won’t be receiving any additional single player DLC. Come to think of it, there never has been any campaign DLC in the series. Surely there has to have been some ideas for levels that didn’t make the cut? With all of the funding Naughty Dog gets from parent company Sony it shouldn’t be that difficult for them to create a few single player levels to appease fans.
These factors aside, the reason there never has been single player DLC for an Uncharted game is because Naughty Dog could spend all of that effort on their next game. According to game director Justin Richmond, the team is just too small to be split up and put to work on singleplayer DLC, they would rather focus all of that effort on crafting there next game.
Uncharted 3 will of course be receiving multiplayer add-ons just as its predecessor, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves did. While this will certainly disappoint some fans, one must realize that it isn’t as difficult to craft a handful of multiplayer maps and some skins as it is to make a whole new levels and stories. One has to factor the time needed to build the levels, test everything out, bring the voice actors, etc.
“There’s a very specific reason, whenever we sit down and think we should do some single-player DLC, someone pitches something and we realize – that’s a five hour level. We’d rather build out another game than we would do episodic content, we’re so small that we can’t afford to have a whole team working on DLC. That’s why we don’t do it we’d much rather be working on the next game, producing the game quickly and having people play another adventure.”
Naughty Dog’s community strategist Arne Meyer also chimed in, saying that “dialing back our ambition is difficult”. After what we’ve seen from Uncharted 3, it’s hard to disagree with Arne on that one. That and this means they’re delivering a complete package and not intentionally leaving out content like we’re seeing a lot of triple-A games doing these days…
Looking at past titles, Naughty Dog also has a relatively small turn around time for new games. Uncharted 2 only took 18 months to develop, factoring in that there are only about ninety people working at Naughty Dog, having them work on single player DLC could end up meaning that there would be a larger gap between new games.
Uncharted 3 might not be getting any additional single player content, but judging by Naughty Dog’s track record, fans will have more than enough content to enjoy when the game launches later this year, including a fully fledged campaign, robust multiplayer, co-op and a code for the Starhawk beta.
Uncharted 3 releases November 1st, 2011 for the PS3.
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