UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves – New Details and Coverage Roundup

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Earlier this week we hosted a small, dare I say, intimate, media event here at the Naughty Dog studios to show a few more journalists what we’ve done so far on UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves and where we are planning on taking it by the time our game is released later this year. This is only the third group of press who has seen our game in action since we first offered a sneak peek only a few months ago. This group of guests included writers from 1UP, G4, GameSpot, GameSpy, GameTrailers, IGN, Joystiq, Kotaku, and UGO.

Uncharted 2 Among Thieves screenshot - Drake Enemy Interior

The very full day for our guests started off with getting them up to speed on UNCHARTED 2, covering background info on story, gameplay and technology such as:

  • The historical mystery surrounding Marco Polo and his lost fleet, which serves as the foundation for our story.
  • What’s happened to Drake, since it’s pretty obvious he’s a bit scruffier, down on his luck and he’s definitely running with way shadier people than before.
  • Introducing everyone to Chloe Frazer, a sexy and impulsive Australian who is just this side of unpredictable and dangerous, not to mention Drake’s new partner and romantic interest – can you blame him?
  • Adding in what we’re calling “action-stealth” to give you the choice to go in guns blazing or take out a few adversaries unnoticed before engaging the rest of them.
  • Blending together our climbing and shooting into what we call “traversal gunplay” so you can now be in gun combat in the middle of climbing, swinging on a rope, hanging from a ledge or sign…you can shoot pretty much from anywhere, anytime you want.
  • All the cool things the Naughty Dog Engine 2.0 can do now, like pushing way more polygons than before, an overhaul of lighting and shadowing, complex enemy A.I., snow shaders and subsurface scattering, fur shading, new physics engine, audio obstruction occlusion…the list goes on and on and on.

And that’s just scratching the surface of it all.

After all that, we gave our guests a gameplay demo that was followed with a cut scene introducing Chloe, all of which takes place in a fictional war-torn city in Nepal. We also gave everyone who came to our studio something no one else has witnessed yet – playing back our Spike Video Game Awards trailer in real-time entirely within our engine.

Check out all the links below to see firsthand accounts and impressions from all of the online sites who came to our studio to see UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves. We also captured a new screenshot that we wanted to share just with you.

We’re really excited to show as much of our game as possible. It’s going to be hard to hold back so we don’t give it all away, but I would definitely expect lots more info, screens and, yes, even video of gameplay, to come as we quickly approach our Fall 2009 release date.

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  • When is the actual release date?

    This is my most anticipated release for 2009.

  • cool cant wait

  • Games looking great guys, keep it up. Can’t wait for this one, I absolutely loved the first one. <3

  • Looking awesome. This & InFamous will keep me going into 2009.

    Keep the updates coming guys!

  • Day one buy without a doubt..and word on when a demo will be available?

  • cant wait
    Killzone 2
    God of War 3
    Uncharted 2
    All i need for 2009

  • I loved the first game and this one is definately on my most wanted list for this year.

  • first day purchase!

  • awesome loved the first but was just too short. hopefully this game will have 30+ chapters :-D

  • Looks better and better every time you release more information. Definitely a must buy.

  • This looks amazing. I borrowed and beat the first game in a day, I couldn’t stop playing. This is definitely a day one for me.

  • I just want some gameplay footage lol

  • i read kotaku’s post on this the other day and you guys seemed to impress them. anything related to sony is usually bashed on that website so i find it as a breath of fresh air that you guys were actually able to accomplish this feat. i cannot wait for uncharted 2, i absolutely fell in love with the first one and without a doubt in my mind am convinced that the second will outdo the first in every way possible! is that possible?

    question – i remember when you guys first came on here to talk uncharted 1 and were saying you had barely tapped the potential of the ps3’s power… how much more horsepower were you guys able to draw from the PS3 for the second? i know you’re far from finished so hopefully it’ll only look better and better come october.


    • With Uncharted 2 we\’re definitely pushing the PS3 hardware far more than we did before. A lot of this is due to our programmers really working hard to optimize engine and take full advantage of the SPU processors. Our Co-President Evan Wells likes to describe how making efficient use of the SPUs is like spinning plates – with Uncharted: Drake\’s Fortune we were only able to keep a few of the plates spinning most of the time. We\’ve gotten to the point with Uncharted 2 that our code keeps all of the plates spinning all of the time with all of our engine tasks – lighting and shadowing, animations, physics, shaders… you name it.

  • I truly cannot wait for this title. It unquestionably is my most awaited game after Heavy Rain. I however have a not-so off-topic question to you guys at Naughty Dog:

    Could you guys please eventually work and release on the Playstation Network Crash Team Racing HD? In other terms, a complete remake of the original CTR all in HD and with of course online play.

    Thank you, i hope you will take the time to read and answer my post.

    Good day.

    • It\’s always great to hear from fans of Crash from the Naughty Dog days, however the Crash Bandicoot franchise belongs to another publisher right now. You\’ll have to ask them about a remake.

  • All this new media has me so hyped i had to start up the game again to finally do my crushing run and finish up my trophies, Uncharted is still one of the greatest games this generation and I can’t wait for Among Thieves. By the way I’m still waiting for that Uncharted LBP pack with the Nathan Drake half tuck Sackboy

  • Any potential multiplayer coming to Uncharted 2 this time around?

  • Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t drake missing his ring necklace? This guy looks more like drake’s evil twin.

    Def gonna get this game though, you don’t even need to tell me about it, just put it on the shelf.

  • Anybody else think they might have an online multiplayer? I think it would be a really good idea.

  • i wanted the reporter from the first one to return. too bad. because i find she and nate were connecting with each other towards the end there :(

  • What an amazing 2009 this will be.

  • you guys need to stop hyping me up about this game it makes the waiting unbearable.

  • “even Olivia Munn stopped by to smooch our life-size Jak statue in the lobby.”

    Jak is one lucky statue.

  • Two things I need to know but wont get answered – it’s worth asking either way.

    1) Release date, or even a guestimate of a month?

    2) Collectors edition, please think about one.

    I have absolute faith in Naughty Dog, have been a fan ever since Crash.

  • This game wants me to touch myself in totally inappropriate ways

  • Honestly, “Impressions” mean absolutely nothing in this day and age. We need to see footage so we can judge for ourselves how the game is shaping up. If theres one things sites like IGN teach us, its that no amount of immaculate praise for a game (without a sign of discontentment either) can save it from bad reviews as these people who “preview” the game and give impressions seem to leave out the majority of details we actually want.

    Give me a trailer. Impressions mean nothing.

  • Shibby!

    Uncharted is the most next-gen game I have played to date. Can’t wait for this baby!

  • This is a day one purchase for me regardless of reviews, I loved the first one! so cannot wait for this one, I prey that it makes its release date by end of this year and not pushed to 2010. As for God Of War 3, that’ll most likely come out around March 2010.

  • Uncharted is one of my favorite games, the sequel is looking even better!

  • Will Elena and Sully be talked about at all in this new game?

  • You have my money in Fall 2009.

    Uncharted was fantastic. Seriously.

  • Can’t wait for Uncharted 2. The first one is my favorite game on ps3

  • This is easily my most wanted game. Uncharted was one of the games that came with my PS3 when I bought it a couple months ago and I just fell in love with it straight away and knew I’d made the right choice buying this console. Great gameplay, gorgeous graphics, involving story, excellent movement and control, actually very likable characters with very well done voice acting and I’ve enjoyed playing every minute of it. Thanks also for adding trophy support in it.

    I feel like already handing my money over for this one. Naughty Dog never disappoint.

    I also agree with wanting Uncharted LittleBigPlanet stuff.

    Cannot wait for this game.

  • Day 1 purchase.

    Uncharted was absolutely amazing. First game where it really felt like you were playing a Hollywood action movie in real life. Nathan Drake is one of the greatest characters ever in gaming. Hope to see many more games to come from the series.

  • I loved uncharted 1. Keep on the same spirit

  • My most anticipated game of the year.

    Uncharted is the only game this generation that returned the fun I used to have playing Nintendo games as a kid back. Even the fun I had playing Crash Bandicoot when I was a child.

    All other games I play are fun in the sense of competition, but this was the type of game where I had fun even if I died. I felt really calm playing it with a smile on my face.

  • cannot wait for this…playing through Uncharted my third time already…I am sure I will go through a 4th before the release of Among Thieves.


  • Uncharted is my MOST favourite new IP from Naughty Dog. No game currently on the market is so cinematic as Uncharted. Big Love ND!

  • Uncharted is currently my second favorite game behind MGS4 this generation and I must say, it will be going down the list when this game come out. Everything I seen, read, and listen too for Uncharted 2 point to be being a lot better game than the original. And the original was one hell a game and is the most underrated game this generation.
    Hope there will be a demo of this game so I can sink my teeth into it.

  • awesome!

    you really need to add multiplayer though!

  • Co-Op multiplayer!!

    1st day purchase for me whatever

  • Nice, can’t wait for this one! :)

  • From what I can tell right now, this game has little or nothing to do with the first one, so why not just call it Uncharted: Among Thieves?

  • From the looks of it, U:2 will be a GOTY contender for sure. The first Uncharted caught my by surprise to be honest, i was only looking for a decent game to play but was smacked across the head with what is still one of my favorite games for the ps3. Adventure, beautiful scenery, awesome action sequences, i have a feeling there is still much Naughty dog has yet to reveal for U:2 :) you guys have a come a long way since Way of the warrior!! (yea i had that game too!) Collector’s edition? maybe? either way this game will be mine:)

  • Awesome! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • Fix that wallpaper texture behind Drake!


  • oh man oh mam oh man….can’t wait!

  • Damn, you just spoiled that Elena was ditched or ditched Drake, Arne :(

    Yeah, I’m quite a fan of the original’s story,so make sure you deliver again on that area ;)

    Oh, I have a special request! Could you please “pressure” Sony Computer Entertainment Portugal to bring the same voice actors from the first game of the Portuguese version? They were really good, I dare say as good as the English ones. In my like 5 playthroughs of the original Uncharted, I’d actively switch from both languages.

    Keep up the good work ND!

    • I\’m sure those voice actors would be glad to know they have a fan! What I can do is pass your request along to SCEE for their consideration. Cross your fingers!

  • Just replayed Uncharted for trophies after beating it when it first came out.

    Earned my first platinum trophy! This and MGS4 are my favorite PS3 games. I can’t wait for Uncharted 2.

  • i <3 you Naughty Dog, if you ever need a sys amin, just say the word and I’m there :P


  • “In my like 5 playthroughs of the original Uncharted, I’d actively switch from both languages.”

    I meant “from one language to the other”. Where’s the Edit Button?

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