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Naughty Dog Won't Travel Down A Dangerous DLC Road

Call us biased, but just about everything we hear from Naughty Dog impresses us.

As you may or may not know, the developer doesn't plan to offer any single-player downloadable content for Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Why? They'd rather work on a whole new game.

Game director Justin Richmond told Eurogamer that every time they tried to come up with a campaign expansion, they'd always devise a "five-hour level." Naughty Dog community strategist added- "Dialing back our ambition is difficult." And Richmond finished:

"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."

Naughty Dog remains small in comparison; they have a team of about 90 people, which is especially tiny when compared with other teams working on blockbuster projects. But the reason we say single-player DLC is a dangerous road should be obvious: it's a slippery slope; developers might start leaving out more and more content to release it later as paid DLC.

Some have accused designers and publishers of doing this before, but it's mostly limited to the multiplayer modes, which are ever-evolving experiences anyway. When it comes to single-player, no gamer wants a gimped adventure because the game makers got this episodic idea in their heads. No, we'll get the full entertainment package with Uncharted 3 and we appreciate that.

Related Game(s): Uncharted 3

Tags: uncharted 3, drakes deception, uncharted 3 dlc

10/15/2011 4:45:48 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (24 posts)

Him
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 5:19:18 PM
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Now these guys are just plain awesome. Thank you so much for not going to the DLC path.

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Yukian
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 5:26:08 PM
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I've never played any Uncharted... From what I've heard and read about them I know that I should be whipped a thousand times for each game... I'll do it someday...

But is this a subtle hint that they may make another Uncharted (excluding the PSV one)?...

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Helghast
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 5:46:19 PM

Same with me. Even my Xbox friends yell at me for not playing Uncharted. I was going to pick up the Uncharted dual pack to beat the first 2, then get U3, but some stuff came up and I just cant afford to do that right now. I will get to it someday.

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shadowscorpio
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 5:27:03 PM
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Beautiful. Hope devs follow suit.

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Alienange
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 6:06:11 PM
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Episodic DLC... I wasn't mad at it until Assassin's Creed II. Sure Prince of Persia cut out the ending and sold it later, but only after buying the first ACII DLC did I realize what a rip off this was. Thankfully ND is not going this route. They've got class and that's why I like them.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 6:08:11 PM
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Great to hear. That being said though, I feel that an episodic route would be excellent for some games... Kind of like how it was handled in Siren: Blood Curse. And SP DLC isn't so bad when it's done properly, as it was in Enslaved with the Pigsy's Perfect Ten expansion or whatever it was.

Add obligatory complaint about not having access to any SP DLC and I'm out.
Peace.

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sha4dowknight05
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 6:40:12 PM
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Well Fallout 3 broken steel is an example of poor choice.

New Vegas too since I hear you cannot continue the game after you beat the final level, so make sure to make multiple saves.

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wenezz
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 7:49:05 PM
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im gonna go and get my tv, ps3, and a couch and occupy time square.... yaow!!!

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 8:22:34 PM

Uhh... do you ever make any sense? I don't think that I've yet read a comment that's, you know, relevant.

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frostface
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 3:35:07 PM

He makes perfect sense. Unfortunately because of shitty media in America, most Americans either haven't heard of, or get the down played version, of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which the rest of the world knows more about.

If I was stateside right now that's were I'd be.

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Lairfan
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 5:50:00 PM

I'm surprised the rest of the world hasn't figured out how much of a fraud it is yet. Considering their media is "so much better."

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TheAgingHipster
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 8:42:56 PM
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These guys are a class act if I ever saw one. Good on ya, Naughty Dog. Thanks for not nerfing Uncharted.

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firesoul453
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 11:46:33 PM
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This is so awesome!!

I am so glad that they are not making single player DLC!!!

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Eld
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @ 11:49:24 PM
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This is something I can respect and appreciate.

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dmiitrie
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 12:19:46 AM
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I know I'm in the minority here, but with certain exceptions (like zero-day), I like DLC. I think it's a good thing when a developer is still adding new content to a game 3, 6, or even 12 months after release.

Plus, with the quality that Uncharted always displays, I'd be very willing to pay a little extra for an additional 5 hours.

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Riku994
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 12:42:36 AM
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Off topic, this is the 10,000th article...

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 2:11:19 AM

Well I'll be...

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Ludicrous_Liam
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 3:04:07 AM

..damned. How about a 1001th article to celebrate!?

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clockwyzebkny
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 1:11:14 AM
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I have to praise ND for being thoughtful to the consumers Not a lot of developers think this way
On the other hand DLC SOMETIMES is beneficial. My ideal DLC would have been more episodes to play in Heavy Rain But we all know how that turned out....

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Qubex
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 9:39:04 AM
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What a ticklish statement... I am grinning from ear to ear... awesome Naughty Dog... I have Uncharted 3 in my sights on the 1st day of sale...

I hope the Dog starts on Uncharted 4!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Twistedfloyd
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 11:25:13 AM
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I'd love some single player U3 DLC. Am I the only one? Only thing is that it would dwarf U3 and that's one thing I DO NOT WANT! So if ND was bigger, and they had a separate team doing it, I'd totally be down. But since they don't, and it would make U3 not as good as it could be, then there's no reason for it.

So good on ND for not doing this with the team that they have. It'd be ludicrous to sabotage the sequel to one of the greatest games of all time with thrown together DLC for a little bit of extra money.

Can't wait for U3!

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Lairfan
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 5:51:45 PM
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This is an excellent way to look at it. ND once again shows their class and their dedication to giving us a full and complete single player experience. Keep up the good work ND.

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Nas Is Like
Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ 8:45:57 PM
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Since when is DLC bad, especially when it's free?

I didn't expect some of the responses in here to be like that. I for one have no problem with DLC. It's all just optional (key word here) extra content that is either free or costs a bit of money, usually not too much, to be able to enjoy the game even more. I for one am all for it. I remember in the Gran Turismo 5 update article Ben had a few weeks ago some people said they're gonna go back to the game and play it again because of the DLC. And what's wrong with that? Nothing.

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Gabriel013
Monday, October 17, 2011 @ 1:23:22 AM
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I don't mind dlc released many months after the game hits the stores because that is another tool to help deter gamers from trading in their old titles.
ND also shouldn't rule out the scope for expanding the existing stories.

That being said, I support the focus on making whole games.

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