Naughty Dog On Uncharted 3 Content, Fall Competition
No matter how much content is jammed into Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Naughty Dog knows the stacked fall lineup can make purchase decisions "tricky" for gamers.
In a recent VideoGamer interview, game director Justin Richmond first addressed the overall cost of the game. Richmond says he doesn't know anything about the manufacturing or shipping costs, but:
"I do know that for the amount of stuff we're putting in here, it is certainly not a bad deal. There are literally thousands of hours of content in this game. It doesn't seem like a crazy price to me. But again, I have no idea what the proper margins are."
"Thousands of hours?" ...sounds like a lot. Of course, you have to assume he's including all the multiplayer fun that can be had with Uncharted 3, including the option to find all the hidden treasures, beat it on Crushing, etc. At any rate, despite the game's obvious appeal and promise, Richmond also knows it won't be easy dealing with the competition. Naughty Dog's game is sandwiched between the likes of Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, remember.
"From a gamer perspective it's going to be very tricky. What I'm hoping is that people will see the inherent value in our game, and that there's something really different about our game. But you know, I'm excited to play all the other games too, and I'm fortunate enough to be able to afford them. But I totally understand it from a gamer's perspective.
What I'm hoping is that as time goes on... These things are still going to be on the shelf, it's not like we're taking it away. Maybe they don't buy it day one, but maybe they buy it in February? Maybe they buy it in March? We're not going away, and obviously people want to play things the day they come out, if they possibly can, but sometimes they can't."
But at the end of the day, Richmond hopes that if a gamer's funds are limited and they can only go with one title, they'll go with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. And why? Because Naughty Dog is offering something "that nothing else on the market is." Well, we certainly believe that.
Related Game(s): Uncharted 3
10/21/2011 9:44:45 AM Ben Dutka