Tomorrow will mark the end of an era for fans of Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3-era titles. On September 3, Sony will be shutting down the multiplayer servers for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and The Last of Us.
It was previously announced in June that these servers would be shutting down, and in the process, Sony made all of the DLC for the games' multiplayer free to download. As such, everyone will have one more day to experience all that they have to offer before they're gone forever. After that, the only place to experience any PS3-era multiplayer will be in The Last of Us Remastered on PS4, since Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection removed the series' multiplayer altogether.
Though widely-regarded for their single-player components, all of these games also sported sizable online modes for players to sink their time into outside of the narrative-driven adventures. Uncharted 2 alone sported six competitive modes in addition to a fairly robust co-op experience. And while they never garnered as much praise as the single-player modes, or as much buzz as other multiplayer-focused games, that they lasted this long is nevertheless impressive.
The multiplayer for these games is just the latest casualty in a recent string of games having their online servers shut down. Just last week, the PS4 exclusive DriveClub was delisted from the PlayStation Store entirely on top of having its servers slated for shutdown in March 2020. While no reason has been officially given for these, it’s safe to assume that dwindling interest in these games is a major factor. Plus, with the next generation of PlayStation being in development, it makes sense that Sony would want to put its resources towards the future instead of dwelling on the past.
And what does the future hold for Naughty Dog fans? Obviously, the answer lies with The Last of Us: Part 2, which may finally see its long-awaited release date revealed in November. Then there’s also the Uncharted movie. That's something to look forward to, should Sony ever manage to get the project out of development limbo.