Looking at the sales of Uncharted 2, it’s obvious that PS3 fans love the franchise. The second title in the series sold over three million copies worldwide in just a few months. With Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception only two months away it would be foolish for Sony to not release some Uncharted themed PS3 accessories and that is where the official Uncharted 3 Dualshock Controller comes in to play.
Unlike the traditional monochrome color scheme of other PS3 controllers, the Uncharted 3 controller is designed to look like a map. All of the attributes of a map are present, from mountain range markings to a d-pad compass. The ring from Sir Francis Drake’s necklace is also present on the right half of the controller. Fans of Uncharted will recall that the necklace played an important role in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, and will presumably play an integral part in Uncharted 3.
Oddly enough, this Uncharted 3 controller only has a release date for Japan for November 2nd, the same day Uncharted 3 launches in the region. Sony has been known to release many special editions of consoles exclusively for Japan in the past, including Final Fantasy XIII and Yakuza 3 themed PS3s as well as a Ni No Kuni PS3 which will be available in Japan soon. Fans have hoped that Sony would release similarily themed consoles in the Western Markets, though sadly they have stayed Japan exclusive. Looking at the past, it is likely the controller won’t see a release outside of Japan.
Game themed accessories have become common place for high profile releases. Around their release dates, Xbox 360 themed controllers of Halo: Reach and Fable 3 were revealed and there is also the upcoming Gears of War 3 themed console and controller, as well as a Modern Warfare 3 themed Xbox 360. With how much PlayStation fans claim that they want controllers and consoles based off of their favorite games, Sony should jump in on the branded accessories.
With the recent PS3 price drop and Uncharted 3 representing the console’s biggest exclusive release of the year, what better holiday bundle could there be?
Would you pick up the Uncharted 3 controller if it were released outside of Japan?
Uncharted 3 releases November 1st, 2011 exclusively for the PS3.
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