After the massive success of Uncharted 2, a sequel was a sure thing. Until now, Sony has hidden the game away like a pirate hides his plunder. But no longer, as Entertainment Weekly got the first look at the third Uncharted game, which will be titled Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
Due for release in Fall 2011, Drake’s Deception was inspired by the early life of T.E. Lawrence, better known as “Lawrence of Arabia.” As you can guess, Nathan Drake will be exploring a lot of desert locales in his latest search for fortune:
According to Naughty Dog’s creative director Amy Hennig, the theme of deception plays out in multiple ways throughout the threequel, from Drake doing the deceiving to Drake being deceived to some mysterious deception about Drake’s very identity. The story focuses on the hero’s relationship with his mentor and father figure, fan fave Victor “Sully” Sullivan, and has him searching for a legendary lost city that will ultimately take him to the Arabian Peninsula and the vast wasteland of the Rub’ al Khali Desert, also known as the Empty Quarter.
Developer Naughty Dog ran the EW editors through an early level of the game showcasing some of the new features for Uncharted 3 including better climbing and the ability to fight multiple enemies at once. A larger focus on multiplayer and co-op gameplay will also be evident in the final game. Behind-the-scenes, the game is also being developed with an eye towards being an “interactive cinematic experience” using more advanced motion capture techniques.
Finally, the first trailer for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will debut this Saturday during the Spike TV Video Game Awards. But EW has a short teaser you can watch at the end of the preview.